The NYU School of Professional Studies and Schools That Can to Present "Reimagining the Education Pathway Forum" on June 10-11

Kerry Kennedy to Present the 3rd Annual Robert F. Kennedy Urban Education Awards

Dennis Littky, Cofounder and Codirector of The Big Picture Company, The Met School, and College Unbound, to Deliver Luncheon Keynote Address.

NEW YORK, June 2, 2016—Recent data indicates, that in the United States, half of high school graduates are unprepared for post-secondary success. Only eight percent of low-income students graduate from college; and 53 percent of graduates under 25 are unemployed or underemployed. At the same time five million jobs are vacant in the US. Employers attribute at least one-third of this unemployment to a gap between the skills available and the skills needed in the workplace.

On June 10-11 at the NYU Washington Square Campus and at various locations across the City, the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) and Schools That Can (STC) will join forces to present a forum, "Reimagining the Education Pathway," that turns a critical eye on—and re-envisions—the traditional educational system. Leaders from K-12, higher education, government, industry, and the community at large will explore viable educational alternatives that aim to raise awareness of the opportunity and skills gap and to explore potential opportunities for changing the way we prepare future generations of students for careers through reimagined education pathways.

On Friday, June 10, STC attendees will have the opportunity to visit innovative school models across the City and to collaborate with peers on important initiatives. The agenda for Saturday, June 11, will include a morning panel discussion and breakout sessions on the K-12 role in this revised education pathway, facilitated by Schools That Can. The afternoon program, which also features a panel discussion and breakout sessions, will be led by NYUSPS and will highlight the role of higher education in reshaping the path from college to career.

The day also will include STC's 3rd Annual Robert F. Kennedy Urban Education Awards Luncheon. Kerry Kennedy, president of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and daughter of the former NY senator, US attorney general, and civil rights advocate, will present the Awards. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the "Ripple of Hope" speech, and these awards will recognize a school leader, teacher, and student who exemplify the values represented in that speech.

Dennis Littky, cofounder and codirector of The Big Picture Company, The Met School, and College Unbound, will deliver the luncheon keynote address. A new schools recognition ceremony and a cocktail reception hosted by NYUSPS also are planned.

The morning discourse, "Reimagining the Education Pathway Panel," will feature Lisa Castillo Richmond, executive director, Graduate NYC!; Feowyn MacKinnon, principal, MC2 STEM High School, Cleveland; Raymond McNulty, senior fellow, International Center for Leadership in Education, and dean of the School of Education, Southern New Hampshire University; Sarah Steinberg, vice president, Global Philanthropy, JP Morgan Chase, "New Skills at Work;" and Jason Tyszko, executive director, Policy and Programs, US Chamber of Commerce Foundation Center for Education and Workforce. Peter Coy, economics editor at Bloomberg Businessweek, is the moderator.

Panelists at the NYUSPS-facilitated afternoon panel discussion, "Higher Education Access - Redefining Readiness and Creating Greater Opportunity," include Steven Colon, vice president, Access to Opportunity, The College Board; Danielle Moss Lee, CEO, YWCA of New York; Jeff Livingston, senior vice president, Education Policy and Strategic Alliances, McGraw-Hill Education Group; Christine Ortiz, Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, dean of Graduate Education, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Peter Stokes, managing director, Huron Consulting Group. Peter Coy, economics editor at Bloomberg Businessweek, will serve as the moderator.

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About the NYU School of Professional Studies

Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies ( is one of NYU's several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School's diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Politics; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Health Information Management; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing and Marketing Analytics; Professional Writing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Social Entrepreneurship; Sports Management, Media, and Business; and Translation.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create vibrant professional and academic networks that annually attract nearly 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by close to 38,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses, Diploma Programs, workshops, and seminars. The School's community is enriched by more than 30,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit

About Schools That Can

Schools That Can (STC) offers programming, partnerships, and thought leadership within a diverse community of peers and experts. It breaks through silos to ensure all students are equipped with the skills to succeed in college, career, and life. It creates a safe space where urban educators, innovators, higher educators, and industry leaders can work together to advance school improvement. STC is the largest cross-sector network of urban schools in the country.

STC connects leaders to share effective and innovative practices to drive continuous improvement in urban schools. It highlights strengths within its network of schools, integrates practices from its innovator-partners, and showcases new trends and research to help schools thrive within its Keys to Quality.

STC offers programming, partnerships, and thought leadership to close the opportunity and skills gap. It works at the school level to provide access to supports for closing the persistent opportunity and skills gap that is affecting our students, schools, and society. For more information about Schools That Can, visit