Thought Leadership

The Thought Leadership series brings together education and employment stakeholders, including students, educators, and employers, for virtual conversation.

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.

Started in 2006, the Schools That Can Forum is an annual, public conference that brings together top educators from STC schools, innovative educational organizations, thought leaders, industry, and the community. Since 2014, we have presented the RFK Urban Education Awards, given annually to a school leader, teacher and student who represent the moral courage in the legacy of Senator Kennedy. Since 2017, we have also presented the STC Leaders That Can Awards in recognition of local leaders who make a difference in their communities. Since 2020, the Schools That Can Forum has been hosted virtually in an effort to expand accessibility to educators across the country and around the world.

“[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.

Schools That Can’s Thought Leadership launched in 2020 as a series of virtual panels designed to bring world-renowned educators, leaders, and thinkers together. These conversations have explored what true equity in education looks like, how to make the most of high school years, how to put students first in K-12, and more. In 2021, Schools That Can hosted a student-centered panel, where students gathered to explore how a generation defined by the COVID-19 pandemic builds a new future.

Please click here to explore an archive of Thought Leadership events.