Schools That Can Chicago Announces New Executive Director

Schools That Can Chicago Announces New Executive Director

SEPTEMBER 21st, 2018

CHICAGO, IL.: Schools That Can (STC) Chicago is proud to announce the appointment of a new Executive Director, Dr. Beth Bazer. Dr. Bazer, who spent the past seven years serving as an Elementary Administrator for Chicago Public Schools, will lead the Chicago region. Part of a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to reimagine education and close the opportunity and skills gap, Schools That Can Chicago is comprised of more than 30 schools, collectively reaching roughly 15,000 students.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Beth Bazer to join Schools That Can as the Executive Director of STC Chicago,” said Schools That Can’s Chief Operating Officer, Casey Lamb. “Beth brings rich experience as a former Chicago Public Schools principal, a unique perspective on the ‘real world’ component of learning, having led a language academy that includes international exchanges. She also has a real passion and excitement to spread real-world learning to schools across Chicago.”

Bazer’s career is a testament to her personal mission of student choice and voice, collaboration and communication, equity of opportunity, and meaningful and authentic work. She came to STC because she believes that Chicago is the ideal city to engage students through exciting and engaging models of education that increase opportunity while decreasing the professional skills gap.  Bazer holds an Ed.D. in  Urban Education Leadership from the University of Illinois Chicago, an M.A. in Education from Northwestern University, and a B.S. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Indiana University. Prior to her roles with STC and as a Chicago Public Schools administrator, Beth was a middle school math and reading teacher in CPS. She’s also a born and bred Chicagoan (and Cubs fan!).

“Real-world, authentic learning has the power to ignite students’ passion for education and to challenge them to be innovative, creative and collaborative,” said Bazer. “I am honored to be a part of an organization that engages and empowers children to be scholars, emphasizing the critical importance of the pathway to college or career.”

Last year, STC Chicago hosted the Schools That Can National Forum, which brought together 250 educators and industry leaders to reimagine education through real-world learning. STC Chicago will continue to facilitate Professional Learning Groups for local school teachers and host a High School Exploration Event for 7th graders and their families to explore high school choices in their community. But with Dr. Bazer at the helm, STC Chicago is poised to launch student-facing programs to tangibly support real-world learning, including a program to support maker education at the K-8 level and a career pathway program to prepare high school students for in-demand careers.

About Schools That Can

Schools That Can (STC) started in 2005 with a small cluster of schools from different sectors (charter, district, independent). Since then, it has grown into the country’s largest cross-sector network of urban schools serving low-income communities. The network currently reaches more than 190 schools across 15 cities, serving more than 75,000 students. STC works with school leaders, teachers and students to reimagine education through real-world learning that closes the opportunity and skills gap. Innovative approaches fill a much-needed void to better prepare students for a rapidly changing future. By connecting leaders to powerful practices and models, developing teachers and engaging students, STC is poised to make an important difference in the lives of American youth.