Schools That Can programs build an education to employment pathway serving high school and middle school students with a focus on career readiness.
About Our Programs
Schools That Can builds an education to employment pathway through career readiness programming that’s culturally relevant, youth-centered, and prioritizes real-world experiences and connections.
We piloted our career-connected curriculum as a highly engaging virtual learning experience during the pandemic for 200 students in 5 schools. We’ve been on a strong growth trajectory since, serving 3600 students in 30 schools in the 2022-23 school year.
Career Readiness brings the world of work into schools through a unique co-teaching model, career professionals as volunteers, and one-of-a-kind programming that builds into the school day with co-teaching, volunteers from a variety of professions, and in-school programs. Our Career Readiness programming includes 3 core programs: Education to Employment (e2e) Curriculum, STEM Career Skills, and Scholars At Work.
Teams of middle school 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 support local teams, including by providing professionals to mentor student design teams.
Thought Leadership Series
Designed to bring together outstanding thought leaders, experts, and practitioners within the education to employment (e2e) space, this virtual series of live conversations ignites groundbreaking discussions on what high school revolutions can look like, what equity truly means for education, and more. STC also hosts the Schools That Can Annual Forum, bringing school leaders, industry partners, and teachers from around the nation together since 2006.
In Newark, STC works closely with school administrators and teachers to support the creation, strengthening, and/or growth of a school’s career and technical education (CTE) program. Support can include recruiting industry partners, coordinating Advisory Committees, assisting with creating career and technical student organization chapters, designing work-based learning and other career exposure opportunities for students (such as site visits, mentorship, and internships), and other support as needed.
Professional Learning Groups
In STC’s Professional Learning Communities, teachers from our partner schools collaborate to develop their understanding of topics including Deeper Learning and Designing for Equity. STC facilitators structure a cycle of learning from month to month including professional reading, collaborative planning for classroom implementation, and shared reflection on student learning from the planned instruction. Currently, PLCs run in Chicago.
Connecting students with volunteer career mentors is at the heart of STC’s programming. Students work with professionals from organizations including: