TransformSC 2016 Conference

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March 17, 2016

The 2016 TransformSC Spring Conference, Think Forward!, inspired attendees to think past conventional reforms and reach for transformational change in the public education system. This year’s conference featured a nationally acclaimed keynote speaker and a variety of breakout sessions for educators, business leaders and policymakers.  There were three major tracks around soft skills, business engagement and comprehensive, transformational models of learning at the school and district levels.
 
More than 500 people attended the third annual TransformSC’s conference, including business leaders, policymakers and teams of educators representing over half of the state’s school districts.

Presentations

Select presentations are available for download in each session description.

  • 8:45 am – 9:45 am | Building the Educonomy: Connecting Educators, Students and Job Creators

    This presentation is not available for public use.

    Brandon Busteed, executive director of Gallup Education, spoke about measuring the educational outcomes that matter most, connecting education to jobs and job creation, and promoting a paradigm shift from knowledge mastery to emotional engagement in education. He also discussed thought-provoking research regarding corporate perspectives of higher education. Busteed believes that, as a nation, there is nothing more important we can do than build the world’s most effective “educonomy” by seamlessly integrating our educational system, our employers, and our job creators.


    About the Speaker

    BBusteed

    Brandon Busteed, Executive Director, Education and Workforce Development, leads Gallup’s education work. His career spans a wide range of important work in education as an educational entrepreneur, speaker, writer and university trustee. Brandon’s work integrates Gallup’s research and science on talent selection, strengths, engagement and well-being to improve student success, teacher effectiveness and educational outcomes. His mission is to create a national movement to measure the educational outcomes that matter most, connect education to jobs and job creation and promote a paradigm shift from knowledge mastery to emotional engagement in education.

    With Brandon’s leadership, Gallup Education has released several ground-breaking Gallup studies. These include State of America’s Schools: The Path to Winning Again in Education, which explores student and teacher engagement in public schools, and Great Jobs, Great Lives: The 2014 GallupPurdue Index Report, a comprehensive, nationally representative study of U.S. college graduates that focuses on their long-term outcomes in work and life.

    Brandon has founded two companies and one nonprofit organization as a social entrepreneur. He is the founder and former CEO of Outside The Classroom, a company that pioneered adaptive online education in alcohol abuse prevention. A three-year, 30-school, national study funded by the National Institutes of Health showed that AlcoholEdu — the organization’s flagship alcohol-abuse prevention program — was effective in reducing binge drinking, drunk driving and sexual assaults. More than 5 million students have participated in the program. The company was acquired by EverFi in 2011.

    An internationally known speaker and author on education policy, Brandon has written frequently for The Chronicle of Higher Education, Trusteeship Magazine, The Huffington Post, Fast Company and other publications. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and USA Today and on NPR and the NBC News “TODAY” show, among others.

    Brandon received his bachelor’s degree in public policy from Duke University and an honorary doctorate from Augustana College. He is a trustee emeritus of Duke and has served on the Board of Visitors of the Sanford School of Public Policy. A former two-sport NCAA Division 1 athlete at Duke, Brandon continues to hone his competitive drive as an avid CrossFitter. He lives in Vienna, Virginia, with his wife, Deanna, and two children, Anabelle and Harrison.

  • 10:00 am – 10:45 am

    Measuring Hope with Gallup Education  in Spartanburg District 7

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    According to some research, measurements of hope are a stronger predictor of college success than SAT and ACT scores and GPA. Superintendent of Spartanburg School District 7 Russell Booker brought Gallup Education into his district to measure student engagement, hope and well-being. In this session, attendees learned how measuring emotional aspects of student performance can shape new strategies for increasing achievement levels and for engaging community partners in the overall well-being of our children.

    Speaker: Russell Booker, Superintendent, Spartanburg District 7
    Dr. Russell W. Booker began his tenure as Superintendent of Spartanburg County School District Seven in July of 2010. In 2015, he was named the South Carolina Superintendent of the Year by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators and Superintendent of the Year by the South Carolina Athletic Administrators Association. He is the immediate past-president of SCASA’s Superintendents’ Division. Dr. Booker has been instrumental in a variety of progressive initiatives, including the District’s implementation of 1:1 technology. In 2014, District 7 joined the esteemed League of Innovative Schools, and in 2015 was named an Apple Distinguished Program. Most recently, the District has partnered with the experts at Gallup to further its efforts to inspire hope, boost engagement and nurture the well-being of every child. Dr. Booker is a South Carolina Liberty Fellow and a graduate of the Diversity Leaders Initiative through the Riley Institute. He is a board member with the Spartanburg Academic Movement (SAM), Transform South Carolina, and the Spartanburg Commission of Higher Education. In the summer of 2015, he was inducted into the South Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Alumnus. Dr. Booker and his wife are the parents of two sons, Grant and Maxwell. 
     


    NEXT High School:  Breaking the Mold with Impact Learning™

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    Founding CEO, Zach(ary) Eikenberry and a student from NEXT High School in Greenville discussed how the recently-opened charter school is breaking the mold of the traditional classroom with their newly designed Impact Based LearningTM. This new education paradigm gives students the chance to create real-world value now by building incorporated businesses, non-profits, inventions, events, intellectual property, and more— all while they are still students, and before they know that they “can’t.”

    Speaker: Zach(ary) Eikenberry, Founding CEO, NEXT High School

    Zachary Eikenberry Zach(ary) Eikenberry has served in a variety capacities as a serial entrepreneur over his eight years since graduating from Purdue University with degrees in Philosophy and Economics. He has been a high school teacher, conference speaker, community college instructor, mentor, business executive, and church community group leader since relocating to Greenville in 2009. He is passionate about new education paradigms, understanding the greater world around us, and making a serious difference in the lives of others. Previous to accepting the role as the Founding CEO of NEXT High School, Zach(ary) served as the Board Chairman for NEXT High School. He currently serves as an adviser to two companies and on the board of two community organizations, in addition to being married to his beautiful wife Jennifer as they raise their yorkie terrier puppy.


    What Does It Mean to be Career-Ready?

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    Executives from Boeing, Palmetto HealthSCANA and SCMA offered an exclusive look into what skills and attributes they look for when hiring employees and how the skills and attributes are assessed as a career progresses.

    Panelists:

    Warren Helm

    Warren Helm
    Director of Quality, Training and Workforce Development
    Boeing

     


    Val Richardson

    Valerie Richardson
    Workforce Development Manager
    Palmetto Health


    Keller Kissam

    Keller Kissam
    Senior Vice President
    SCANA


    Lewis Gossett

    Lewis Gossett
    President & CEO
    SCMA

     


    Creating a Culture of Innovation

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    Superintendent Linda Lavender from Lexington District Four presented on the challenges, rewards, and results of district-wide change.

    Speaker: Linda Lavender, Superintendent, Lexington District 4

    Linda LavenderDr. Linda Lavender has served as superintendent in Lexington District Four for eight years. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Education from University of South Carolina, Master of Education from Converse College, Educational Specialist from Converse College and Doctor of Philosophy from University South Carolina. Prior to becoming superintendent, she served as a teacher, supervisor, director, interim principal, associate superintendent focusing on curriculum and instruction. Dr. Lavender lives in Lexington with her husband, Rev. Phil Lavender. She treasures her time with her three grandchildren who keep her grounded in transforming education for all children and young people. 

  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Competency-Based Progression:  How One Traditional School Made the Change

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    Sanborn Regional School District in Kingston, New Hampshire began implementing a competency-based education system 6 years ago. New Hampshire is a state that made a commitment to this work nearly a decade ago. Brian M. Stack, Principal of Sanborn Regional High School, shared how his district made the transition and what the process looked like for him as a building leader. Included in his presentation will be a discussion on developing competency-based grading practices, performance assessment, and the role of Professional Learning Communities to support the work.

    Speaker: Brian M. Stack, Principal, Sanborn Regional High School

    TIM JEAN/Staff photo. Brian Stack, Principal at Sanborn Regional High School. 5/9/12Brian Stack is the Principal of Sanborn Regional High School in Kingston, N.H. He is a strong advocate of personalized learning, competency-based grading and assessment, and high school redesign for the 21st century. He has BA and BS degrees from Boston University in Mathematics and Secondary Math Education and a M.Ed. degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in Education Administration. He has presented his education reform and redesign work in local and national conferences and think tanks from coast to coast. He lives with his wife and five children on the N.H. Seacoast. Follow him on Twitter @bstackbu or visit his blog.


    Teaching, Assessing and Reporting on Soft Skills

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    In this session staff from i2Tech@BCHS, Brookland-Cayce High School’s New Tech Network implementation, will highlight how they model, teach and assess a variety of soft skills and share actionable recommendations and resources with participants.

    Speakers: 

    Kristin Cuilla

     

    Kristin Cuilla
    Director, District & School Development
    New Tech Network

     

     

    Gregg Morton

     

    Gregg Morton
    Principal
    Brookland-Cayce High School

     

     

    Bonnie Moskos
    Bonnie Moskos
    Assistant Principal for Instruction
    Brookland-Cayce High School

     


    What Does it Mean to be Career-Ready? Business Panel Continued

  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

    Remarks from State Superintendent Molly Spearman

  • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

    Personalized Learning in South Carolina

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    Representatives from the South Carolina Department of Education spoke about the state’s definition of personalized learning and its significance for our schools and districts.

    Speakers: Donna Manning, Team Leader, Office of School Transformation, SCDE

    Donna Manning has served in a variety of roles in her twenty years as an educator in South Carolina; teacher, administrator, magnet director, charter committee member and in her current role as the Team Leader for the School Choice and Innovation Team in the Office of School Transformation at the South Carolina Department of Education. With the newly established SCDE Pathways to Personalized Learning initiative, her team serves as a conduit for South Carolina districts and schools to explore, plan, and begin high quality implementation of personalized learning practices and options appropriate for their unique communities of students and families.

    Betty Bagley, Personalized Learning Consultant and Liaison to TransformSC, SCDE

    Betty BagleyBetty Bagley, recognized as Superintendent of the Year in 2008 by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA) for her innovative approaches to learning, recently retired as Superintendent of Anderson District 5.  Ms. Bagley received her BA from Southern Wesleyan  University, M.Ed. from Clemson University, M.Ed. and Ed.S. from the Citadel. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Educational Leadership at Clemson University. Betty and her husband, Sack, reside in Clemson and have two children and three grandchildren.

     


    Grading Persistence and Time Management

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    The principal of Pelion High School in Lexington School District One presented on their school’s progress since implementing a behavior report card that gives students a grade for persistence and time management.

    Speakers: Clark Cooper, Principal, Pelion High School

    Clark CooperClark Cooper is in his fourth year as principal of Pelion High, where he has been a member of the faculty for fourteen years. Prior to becoming principal in 2012, Mr. Cooper served as an assistant principal, teacher and coach at PHS. Clark earned his undergraduate degree from The Citadel and two masters degrees from the University of South Carolina. A member of the South Carolina Association for School Administrators, Mr. Cooper serves as a board member on the SCASA Executive Committee. Clark and his wife Jennifer live in Lexington and have two boys: Jack (8) and Max (6).

    Erica Page, Assistant Principal, Pelion High School

    Erica PageErica Page is an Assistant Principal at Pelion High School. She began her career as an administrator in 2012 after teaching at White Knoll High School for five years. Mrs. Page graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, with a two Bachelor degrees in Health Promotion and Education and Physical Education. She holds her Master of Education in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina. Mrs. Page is member of the South Carolina Association for School Administrators and was a finalist for the 2015 SCASA Assistant Principal of the Year Award.

     


    Bringing Soft Skills from the Workplace to the Classroom

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    Jordy Johnson and Ann Brown with Microburst Learning joined Bob Couch from the Center for Advanced Technical Studies in Lexington Richland District Five to discuss their soft skills assessment pilot program for schools in the district.

    Speakers:

    Jordy Johnson

     

     

    Jordy Johnson
    Microburst Learning

     

    Ann Brown

     

    Ann Brown
    Microburst Learning

     

    Bob Couch

     

    Bob Couch
    Lexington Richland District 5 Center for Advanced Technical Studies

     

     


    Not Your Average “Career Day” Partnerships

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    Download Emerald High School’s presentation.
    Download Oakland Elementary School’s presentation.

    Three TransformSC schools showcased how they have engaged their local business community in extensive partnerships to create worthwhile experiences for students beyond the traditional classroom curriculum.

    Speakers: 

    Josh Patterson

     

    Josh Patterson
    Principal
    Oakland Elementary

     

     

    Gina Skinner

     

    Gina Skinner
    Assistant Principal
    Oakland Elementary

     

     

    Ashley McKelvey

     

    Ashley McKelvey
    Math/Science Coach
    Oakland Elementary

     

     

    Brenda Campbell

     

    Brenda Campbell
    Principal
    Saluda Trail Middle School

     

     

    Liz Hood

    Liz Hood
    Media Specialist
    Saluda Trail Middle School

     

    Brad Nickles

     

    Brad Nickles
    Principal
    Emerald High School

     

    Kay LeRoy

     

    Kay LeRoy
    Media Specialist
    Emerald High School

     

     

    Kaycie Wells

     

    Kaycie Wells

    English Teacher
    Emerald High School

  • 2:00 pm– 3:00 pm

    This presentation is not available for public use.

    A panel of elementary, middle and high school students from TransformSC schools spoke about the changes instituted in their classrooms and how they feel their school’s new methods are preparing them for the next step.

    Student Speakers:

    Merrit Jones
    Senior
    Riverbluff High School

    Ellie Hudson
    8th grade
    Rainbow Lake Middle School

    Evan Richardson
    7th grade 
    Whittemore Park Middle School

    Rebekah Duffy
    5th grade
    Springfield Elementary

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