Schools That Can Forum2020-08-03T13:48:32+00:00

The STC Forum

The Schools That Can Forum is an annual, public conference that brings together top urban educators from STC schools, innovative educational organizations, thought leaders, industry, and the community to further STC’s mission. 

We hosted our first Forum in 2006. In the ensuing years, our Forums focused on real-world learning and, more recently, on the education to employment pathway. Since 2014, we have presented the RFK Urban Education Awards at the Forum, given annually to a school leader, teacher and student who represent the moral courage in the legacy of Senator Kennedy. We are honored to partner with RFK Human Rights to present these awards. Since 2017, we have also presented the STC Leaders That Can Awards in recognition of local leaders who make a difference in their communities. In 2020, the Forum shifted to accommodate the impact of COVID-19 with a virtual event, featuring acclaimed speakers and a worldwide audience of over 1,600 registrants. Currently, STC plans to continue virtual events throughout the year, culminated by STC’s in-person or virtual Forum at end of the school year.

The 15th Annual Schools That Can National Forum will be held May 20-21, 2020 in New York, NY at the world-class Cornell Tech Campus on Roosevelt Island.  This year’s theme is “Connecting Education to Employment in the Digital Age” and we will explore topics like: computational thinking and digital literacy, maker education, artificial intelligence, career education, design thinking, and more. For details, including the agenda, sponsorship opportunities, and registration, click below.

2020 STC Forum

Past STC Forums

2019 Forum: Newark


2018 Forum: Chicago


2017 Forum: Pittsburgh


2016 Forum: New York

Keynote Q&A

“[I love] the openness and feeling that it was a safe environment to share struggles and concerns.”

“[I learned that establishing a] school culture of respect and collaboration is the essential beginning for establishing deeper learning practices. Commitment to whole child learning is primary. There are a variety of educational pathways we must prepare students to be equipped to choose.

Email questions about the Forum to [email protected] To inquire about sponsorship opportunities, email [email protected].

Since 2014, the STC Forum has also included the Robert F. Kennedy Urban Education Awards ceremony. It is a highlight of our Forum each year, as we recognize and celebrate amazing school leader, teacher and student candidates for their inspiring stories of change.

RFK Urban Education Awards