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 2018 Forum will be held on May 2nd-3rd, 2018. Hosted by STC Chicago, the Forum will focus on Reimagining Education Through Real-World learning. 


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The 12th annual National Forum was held in Pittsburgh on May 10th-11th, hosted by STC Pittsburgh. The 2017 Forum focused on Real-World Learning for the 21st Century.

The 11th Annual National Forum was held in NYC on June 10 and June 11, 2016. The Forum was co-hosted by NYU School of Professional Studies.


 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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