2018 has been a particularly great year for Schools That Can. From launching a new website to expanding programming in our cities, we got to see how big a force real-world learning continues to be in the world of education. Now more than ever, students need real-world learning to not just secure fulfilling futures in a changing world, but to make their educations as creative and collaborative as the communities they live in today. Watching the school leaders, teachers, and students in our network continue to make strides in bringing RWL into classrooms will always make us proud.

To that end, we’re excited to share a few of our favorite highlights from throughout our regions and signature programs with you. These are just a few examples of how RWL and the STC network have thrived this year, and we’re ready to grow even more in 2019.

Happy New Years, STC Family!

Regional Highlights

In Newark, 100% of juniors in our inaugural Career Skills pathway program were offered internships for the internship. 

In New York, teachers running STC maker programs demonstrated a 27% increase in ability to incorporate computer science and computational thinking into their core classes.

In Chicago, we welcomed a new Executive Director, Dr. Beth Bazer. STC Chicago’s PLGs have been thriving, and they are planning some exciting new initiatives for the Spring. 

In Pittsburgh, we launched Advanced Manufacturing Career Skills Pathway programs at four high schools in the Fall of 2018.

In St. Louis, we hosted study tours to spotlight each strand of our Real-World Learning Rubric.

Across all of our cities, we ran PLGs for educators who want to expand Real-World Learning in their classrooms and schools.

National Highlights

We celebrated a sold-out 2018 National Forum, hosted by STC Chicago. It included honoring an exceptional teacher, school leader, and student with Robert F. Kennedy Urban Education Awards.

We launched our new website to better highlight our work, including new regional and program pages, and a calendar of events to keep you up-t0-date on STC. 

We formed the Transforming Learning Collaborative in partnership with Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC), and Da Vinci Schools, and saw it featured in Education Week.

And finally, we added new team members, nationally and locally, to expand our network, programs, and impact. 

Whether you’re a donor, a school leader or teacher, or an enthusiastic supporter, we’re grateful for your belief in real-world learning and continued support of the Schools That Can mission, and the students and schools in our network. From our team to yours, we send warm wishes for a Happy New Year. We look forward to collaborating with you in 2019!