STC National Forum

The STC Forum is an annual, public conference focused on a common theme. Sessions are led and attended by top urban educators from STC schools, innovative ed organizations, thought leaders, industry, and community partners.

The 11th Annual National Forum will be presented in partnership with the NYU School of Professional Studies on June 10 and June 11, 2016.


Friday, June 10 will feature school visits and workshops highlighting innovative practices from schools across Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn. We will also host a small working group of STC educators interested in contributing to the development of our Keys to Quality Rubric. We will then gather for a welcome reception on Friday evening.

On Saturday, June 11, we will re-convene, along with higher educators from across the country, at NYU’s Campus at Washington Square Park. STC will facilitate morning sessions focused on K-12 practices, and afternoon sessions, led by NYU’s School of Professional Studies, will highlight practices in grade 13 and beyond, all with the goal of better preparing students for success beyond school.

The day will also feature STC’s 3rd Annual Robert F. Kennedy Urban Education Awards Luncheon, presented in partnership with Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, and will conclude with a cocktail reception.

Topics for Saturday’s sessions include:

  • Re-Imagining the Education Pathway
  • What Does “College and Career Readiness” Really Mean?
  • Transforming Your School Using Deeper Learning Principles
  • Bridging the Education to Employment Gap
  • Higher Education Access: Redefining Readiness and Creating Opportunity

Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in our first “Real-World Learning Exhibition,” highlighting student and teacher work from our partnership programs.

Download the Agenda & School Visit Descriptions

Register at

Early Bird rates end April 30! 


For our out-of-town travelers, we have reserved discounted blocks of rooms at a few locations for your convenience.

  • The Hilton Garden Inn – located in midtown Manhattan, around the corner from the Empire State building and just a short train ride away from NYU. Rooms with king size beds are available at $199; rooms with 2 double beds are available at $219. Click here for to reserve your roomThis room block has been extended until May 18. Be sure to book beforehand!
  • Contact Kristin Fulton with any questions related to accommodations.

If you are interested in partnering to support this unique event, email Casey.  



The STC 2015 National Forum was hosted by Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. The Forum’s theme “Connecting education to employment” permeated all of the panels, workshops, and school visits. Attendees heard from students and practitioners across sectors and all along the education to employment (e2e) continuum, they learned how to apply design-thinking methodologies and project-based learning in schools and classrooms, they explored cutting edge educational technologies, and they had the opportunity to visit local schools and industries to see these practices in action.


The STC 2014 National Forum in New York City was a truly transformative experience. Geoffrey Canada provided the keynote speech and attendees were wowed by Angela Duckworth’s presentation. Read the recap here.

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Angela Duckworth talks about the importance of developing grit and growth mindsets.

“I am so impressed with what you’ve accomplished (and, of course, are still accomplishing)!” – Angela Duckworth

The STC 2013 National Forum was held in Milwaukee, WI and featured Howard Fuller as the keynote speaker. STC Milwaukee is a national leader in growing quality seats of education for low-income students. Follow the city’s progress on our blog and the STC Milwaukee website.

The STC 2012 National Forum was held in Boston, MA at the Download the agenda.

The STC 2011 National Forum was hosted by Cleveland and focused on Collaborating for Student Success.

The STC 2010 National Forum was in Newark. Mayor Cory Booker was the keynote speaker, and the event also featured a conversation between Dr. David Steiner and Norman Atkins, a discussion between Joel Klein and Sy Fliegel, a presentation by Whitney Tilson, and a conversation between John King and Dana Lehman.


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