The Power of Transformation in Urban Education
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 7:00 PM - Friday, May 16, 2014 at 1:00 PM (EDT)
New York, NY
Once a year, STC conducts a National Forum in a different host city from our network. The Forum is a public, interactive conference with workshops, panels, and presentations led and attended by thought-leaders in education, STC School Leaders, and guests gathered for a discourse on urban education.
Take-home methodologies from our Forums equip participants to support, sustain, and grow quality education across the US. Download the agenda.
1. Choose your school tour from the list below (you will be asked in online registration).
2. Choose your ticket type and register.
3. Book your hotel using the links below.
School Tours (Friday Morning - Choose One)
Educating Minds and Hearts
PS 69 Journey Prep (preK-5 District School)
For the past four years, Sheila Durant has led Journey Prep PS 69 in the Bronx from being perpetually on the Needs Improvement list to becoming one of the top-performing elementary schools in the Bronx. Significant progress has been the result of a relentless focus on instruction - through teacher-led teams, working with external consultants, and by empowering innovation within classrooms - and an emphasis on educating the whole child. Learn about the engaging community partnerships that bring literacy, fitness, nutrition, and artistic enrichment into the school. See youngsters empowered to serve as peer mediators for one another, and witness the wide range of enrichment opportunities built into the school day. Just like the hugs that students give to Ms. Durant when she enters their classroom, the school supports its learners by loving and empowering them.
Building a Positive, Anti-Bullying Culture
St. Mark the Evangelist (preK-8 Faith-Based School)
Saint Mark the Evangelist, which recently celebrated their 100th anniversary, provides a high-quality, values-based education to 280 Harlem students in Pre-K through 8th grade. They create a safe, nurturing environment in which students from different faiths and backgrounds can learn and grow. The curriculum is based on the Common Core and the school emphasizes technology integration, music, and high character. To support this mission, all faculty members have been trained in using the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. Students are guided towards developing a common definition of bullying, and through weekly classroom meetings, they learn about this problem and role-play appropriate responses to situations with bullying.
Creating Space for Teachers to Provide Effective Curriculum Development
Harlem Academy (1-8 Independent School)
In the world of increased reliance on high stakes testing, schools may feel compelled to limit the roles of teachers in curriculum development. Outside professionals, with their singular focus and additional resources, can be viewed as better equipped to produce results. But, is that really the case? Harlem Academy has identified key requirements for effective, teacher-driven curriculum development. We will discuss those requirements during my presentation of an innovative practice, as well as our current limitations and next steps in this work.
Holding a Town Hall
Democracy Prep Charter High School (9-12 Charter School)
At Town Hall meetings, scholars and teachers come together for character education, scholar of the week celebrations, updates regarding scholars' progress toward academic goals, and much more. Town Hall meetings at Democracy Prep are an important element of maintaining strong, positive, and inspiring school culture based on civic engagement.
Doing Well on the Common Core with Limited Resources
Harbor Science and Arts Charter School (K-8 Charter School)
The Common Core State Standards raise the level of expectations for performance and understanding required for students to demonstrate grade-level ability and preparedness for future academic success. The Harbor Science and Arts Charter School has welcomed this challenge and continues to adapt its curriculum to meet these new, more rigorous expectations.
Professional Learning Communities
The Children's Storefront (preK-8 Independent School)
The Children’s Storefront is an independent, tuition-free school committed to providing a comprehensive education to children with varied academic strengths from preschool through eighth grade. Our work is grounded in the conviction that every child deserves the opportunity for an excellent education. Come learn about how The Storefront is building a Professional Learning Community that is focused on student learning.
To book a room at the Aloft in Harlem, visit this link for the group rate of $249. Limited rooms available.
To book a room at Row NYC (formerly Milford Plaza Hotel) just a short subway ride away from Harlem, visit this link for the group rate of $269-319 depending on room type.
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Cancellation Policy: Cancelations prior to April 7, 2014 will receive full refunds, no refunds will be distributed after this date.
* Pending speakers and TBD content will be updated when confirmed. Please check back for updates.