2018 TransformSC Spring Conference

2018 TransformSC Spring Conference

Join TransformSC for its fifth annual Spring Conference


This year’s conference will be in Columbia and will focus on how to #TransformThroughData with presentations highlighting how data can guide innovation and lead to personalized learning in every classroom. 

For the first time, the conference will be a two-day event beginning on Thursday afternoon and ending at noon on Friday, March 2. 


March 1 & 2, 2018



Thursday, March 1

University of South Carolina Alumni Center
900 Senate St.
Columbia, SC 29601

Friday, March 2

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
1101 Lincoln St.
Columbia, SC 29601

2018 TransformSC Spring Conference


The agenda for the 2018 TransformSC Spring Conference is below. Please check back often for updates and additions. 

at the University of South Carolina Alumni Center
3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. – Registration

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Welcome

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Keynote address by Dr. John Johnson

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Reception

Session information

  • EVERYDATA: Understanding the Data You Consume Every Day At Work

    Dr. John H. Johnson knows that the reality is that most of us are not trained as data experts or statisticians — but many of us are required to make data-based decisions in our jobs on a daily basis. Sometimes these decisions are small, while other times they can be costly. Think about the faulty market analysis that results in a significant capital investment, or misinterpreted production data that causes a product to be dramatically under- or over-priced.  Or, the analysts at NASA who excluded critical data points about the operation of O-rings that resulted in the fated Challenger shuttle flight. In this address, Dr. Johnson works with your audience to understand what conclusions can (and cannot) be drawn from the data you routinely work with and what questions to ask about the data so you make better, fact-based decisions.

    About Dr. John H. Johnson

    President and CEO of Edgeworth Economics, Dr. Johnson is an author, speaker, expert witness, a regular contributor to Huffington Post and DC’s leading news talk radio station, WTOP. He has also been called to comment as an expert on polling in various national TV programs. A professional economist, Dr. Johnson is a co-author of EVERYDATA: The Misinformation Hidden in the Little Data You Consume Everyday. He received his PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

  • Why Building Data Literacy in Education is Important:  The Development of Data Literacy and a Data Culture in Education
    About Dr. Ellen Mandinach

    Dr. Mandinach is a Senior Research Scientist and the Director of the Data Decisions Initiative for WestEd. She is a leading expert in the area of data-driven decision making at the classroom, district and state levels. Also an author, Dr. Mandinach’s most recent books include Data Literacy for Educators: Making it Count in Teacher Preparation andPractice and Transforming Teaching and Learning Through Data-Driven Decision Making. She received her PhD in educational psychology from Stanford University. 

  • 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

    Attendees will choose one of four available sessions.

    • Data-driven decision making for schools with Dr. Mandinach
    • Transforming a district through a focus on data with the team from Rowan-Salisbury Schools in North Carolina
    • Data use to create market and customer solutions with Charlene Glidden, VP of Business Planning and Strategy for Colonial Life
    • Using data before, during and after project-based learning with Detrice D. Brown, English teacher at Scott’s Branch High School
  • 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

    Attendees will choose one of three available sessions.

    • Using “data rooms” with a team from River Bluff High School
    • Using SC DOE’s new data toolkit with members of the SC Department of Education’s team
    • Metrics used to drive performance with Kristi Eidson, Culture Coach at Total Comfort Solutions
    • Analyzing student data with the School District of Pickens County – their team will showcase how district, school and classroom leaders share responsibility to improve student achievement with effective data analysis



2018 TransformSC Spring Conference




2018 TransformSC Spring Conference

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Around Town

  • The official conference hotel is the SpringHill Suites by Marriott Columbia Downtown/The Vista. 511 Lady St.

    The TransformSC rate is $129/night and is available until February 1, 2018.

    Click here to book your room.

  • This year’s conference venues are only a two-block walk from Columbia’s Vista neighborhood, home to a variety of chain and local restaurant options. 

  • Many of Columbia’s points of interest, restaurants and hotels are within walking distance of this year’s conference venues. Other areas, such as Five Points or Lexington, are accessible via cab or ride-sharing service, like Uber, by bus or easily by car.