Nation’s Largest Network of Urban Schools Brings Real-World Learning Experts to Pittsburgh

For Immediate Release

(April 19, 2017: Pittsburgh, PA ) Schools That Can (STC), an organization that unites leaders to expand quality urban education and close the opportunity and skills gap, will host its annual National Forum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania May 10th-11th, 2017. The Forum, focused on Real World Learning for the 21st Century, will bring school leaders and educators from around the country to the University of Pittsburgh’s University Club for two days of networking, school visits, workshops, and panels in order to explore new pedagogical models and definitions of student success.

65% of today’s students will one day work in a career that does not exist yet. The path forward for students is exposing them to opportunities and experiences that allow them to develop diverse skillsets relevant for our changing economy in order to empower them to pursue fulfilling postsecondary education and employment.

When speaking about the mission of the Forum, Carol Wooten, consultant for STC Pittsburgh and co-founder and first Superintendent of Propel Schools, said it is about “partnerships and pathways  – bringing together models, exemplars, and experts from education, business, and industry.” Highlights of the 2017 STC National Forum, hosted by STC Pittsburgh, include a keynote speech by Stanley Litow, President of the IBM International Foundation and architect of the P-TECH School model, a conversation about the intersection of workforce development and K12 education led by Michael Petrilli, president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, and a session on culturally relevant learning.  In addition, the 2017 STC National Forum will feature study tours to local schools and partners, including City Charter High School, Pittsburgh Allegheny K-5, and Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild and Drew Mathieson Center.

The 2017 STC National Forum will also include a luncheon in celebration of the Robert F. Kennedy Urban Education Awards. William Demchak, Chairman of PNC Financial Services Group, and Billy Porter , Tony Award-Winning Broadway Star, will be honored with Leaders That Can Awards. Awards will also be given to inspirational students, school leaders, and teachers who have been nominated by their colleagues for positive contributions in education and fighting injustice. Mayor Bill Peduto and County Executive Rich Fitzgerald will provide the welcome speech.

Schools That Can creates a safe space where teachers and school leaders from urban schools, education innovators, and industry leaders work together to advance school improvement and ensure all students have the skills they need to succeed in college, career, and life. The organization currently works with more than 150 high-potential schools serving over 60,000 students nationwide. The 2017 STC National Forum is a chance to engage leaders and innovators locally and nationally.

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