Schools That Can

Erin Sweeney

Executive Director, Newark

“energetic, personable, dedicated”

Erin is the Executive Director for STC Newark. Deeply committed to urban youth education and Newark, she previously worked as Director of Strategic Initiatives for STC Newark school St. Benedict’s Prep, where she was a representative to STC. Erincurrently serves on the Board of Newark-based youth education nonprofit GlassRoots, co-manages the Girl Scouts of Newark, and serves as a mentor through NJ LEEP. An alumna of Leadership Newark, Erin recently completed a Master in American Studies at Rutgers-Newark where she focused her studies on the City of Newark and urban populations/migration. Previously, Erin served as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer and Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow in Nigeria, Bolivia, New York, Tanzania, Germany, and Washington, DC. She was recognized by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her community work overseas working with youth and victims of human trafficking. Erin began her career of nonprofit and government service in the late 1990s when she co-founded Harvest House, a community lunch program in New Jersey. Erin earned her Master in Public Policy/Urban Planning focused in community advocacy from Harvard Kennedy School and her Bachelor in Public Policy focused in urban studies from the University of Chicago.

Overview of STC: Schools That Can (STC) unites leaders to expand quality urban education and close the opportunity and skills gap. STC sites throughout the country facilitate cross-sector programming, partnerships, and thought leadership with a network of district, charter, and independent schools and community partners. STC Newark currently works with about one-third of all Newark schools, providing opportunities for schools to work collaboratively to increase student outcomes for all of Newark’s children.

What makes STC unique and necessary? STC Newark has the unique position of working with all K-12 schools (district, charter, and independent) with the ultimate goal to expand quality urban education across school sectors, not within a particular type of school. Through STC Newark, school leaders and faculty are able to not only meet colleagues at different types of schools, but they are able to work collaboratively through professional learning groups, study tours, and other partnerships to address common challenges. STC Newark doesn’t take any position on the politics of education; instead, we look to bridge the gaps that exist within the K-12 education sector and between the education, private, and civil sectors.

Services provided by STC: For the 2016-2017 school year, STC Newark is focused on expanding real world learning opportunities throughout all schools. We will be providing several Professional Learning Groups for participating schools to create innovative solutions to common challenges faced when implementing or expanding real world, project-based learning. Additionally, STC Newark will expand our partnerships with various private and civil sector entities so as to provide more career exposure, career/college readiness, and real world learning opportunities for our schools and their students. We will continue to host various thought leadership venues, including our newsletters, annual publication, and several special events, including a one-day interactive conference on culturally relevant schooling to be held in September 2016.


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