Our programs empower leaders, develop teachers, and engage students around rigorous and relevant real-world learning. We do this through signature programs in our cities and national initiatives.
STC partners with schools to deliver engaging Education to Employment (e2e) Pathway® content that connects teachers and students to the world of work. Our programs strengthen and expand the capacity of schools and teachers to, prepare historically marginalized students for careers or college and support their students on the e2e pathway. All of our programming builds direct connections between students, educators and volunteers from a variety of professional fields.
As an organization focused on supporting students on the education to employment (e2e) pathway, we are keenly aware that both ends of that pathway have been massively disrupted by COVID-19. We have transformed our programming this year to meet the needs of youth, educators, and schools and help keep the jobs pathway for youth intact in the cities we serve.
Students in all four STC cities will have access to our two signature programs, conducted virtually until conditions change.
Nationally, we run regular e2e Chats which bring together students, educators and professionals to engage in authentic conversations about education to employment pathways and opportunities with a focus on diversity and equity.
The Schools That Can Annual Forum brings school leaders, industry partners, and teachers from around the nation together. We hosted our first Forum in 2006, and in recent years, the focus of our Forums has been bringing real-world learning into schools. Since 2014, we have also presented the RFK Urban Education Awards at the Forum, given annually to a school leader, teacher, and student who has advocated for change. We are honored to partner with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights to present these awards. In 2020, the STC Forum pivoted to a virtual format.
Design Challenge and Fellows
Teams of middle or high school students engage in design thinking challenges to solve local community problems while their teachers gain aligned, cohort-based professional learning to incorporate design thinking as a problem-solving approach in their instructional practice. Businesses or nonprofits in each city serve as the client for the challenge and provide professionals to mentor student design teams.
We partner with schools to support operate industry-specific programs, providing high school students with advanced training, industry mentors, and workplace experiences that prepare them for post-secondary success in high-demand fields.
Bridging the e2e Gap
High school students explore career pathways and the job search process, develop professional communication skills, simulate the job search process, and network with professional volunteers in a variety of industries locally and nationally.
Professional Learning Groups (PLGs)
Working with cohorts of educators from across our schools, we tackle challenges and develop solutions to integrate more real-world learning into K-12 schools using evidence-based frameworks for inquiry and improvement. STC facilitates learning across PLGs and supports schools’ individual improvement projects.