As our network of innovative schools has grown, we’ve come to realize that there isn’t always a plethora of resources out there to guide educators along their transformative journey. In this month’s blog, Craig Baker, principal of Swansea High School, talks about how TransformSC’s transformative leaders network came to be and how it helps TransformSC […]
Education & Workforce
Ryan Pool is Director of Secondary Schools for Lexington School District One. From 2012 to 2016, he was principal of Lexington Middle School. Under his guidance as principal, Lexington Middle School joined the TransformSC network in March 2016. I distinctly remember the moment I first connected with TransformSC’s transformational mission: my team at Lexington Middle […]
Linda Lavender is the Superintendent of Lexington School District 4, located in the Midlands region of South Carolina. Dr. Lavender is leading an effort to innovate her district’s approach to education. Lexington School District 4 is in the process of applying for acceptance to TransformSC. The following schools in District 4 have already been accepted […]
TransformSC’s fourth annual spring conference will be held in Greenville on March 13, 2017, at the TD Convention Center. Previously held in Columbia and attracting 500 plus attendees every year, TransformSC is moving the conference to the Upstate next year in recognition of the initiative’s statewide presence. “It made sense in the early years of TransformSC to […]
The South Carolina Council on Competitiveness and the industry cluster SC Aerospace are teaming with Penton’s Aviation Week Network to conduct the state’s first aerospace and defense manufacturing workforce study. The study will be conducted in collaboration with North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Florida to develop the Southeast region’s first deep-dive report on the state of […]
SC’s recycling industry cluster merges with North Carolina, businesses to discuss career readiness at TransformSC Conference, SC Angel Network reports record investments in 2015, a bill to codify the Profile of the Graduate has been introduced, and more in this month’s newsletter.
TransformSC was featured in an editorial authored by Cindi Scoppe in today’s issue of The State, entitled “A better way to think about, and do, education.” Becoming a TransformSC school is like being accepted into a leadership program: Just completing the self-assessment helps schools focus on transformation. Once they’re in, they get some individualized attention, the business community […]
Columbia, S.C. (March 24, 2016) – Royal Live Oaks Academy, Lexington Middle School and Sandhills Primary School have been accepted to TransformSC’s network of innovative schools. There are now 40 TransformSC schools in 19 districts across the state. “When schools volunteer to participate in TransformSC, it is a testament to their leadership and commitment to […]
TransformSC convened a Higher Education Action Team on December 15, 2015, to address the impact transformation in K-12 education is having on the higher education system. The higher education group is the sixth Action Team TransformSC created in the past three years. TransformSC’s other Action Teams are addressing transformative practices in K-12 education: project-based […]
TransformSC Co-Chair and State President of AT&T was featured on SC Business Review March 2nd to give an update on progress so far and all the details for the upcoming Spring Conference on March 17th. Listen here>> Register for the conference>>
Keynote will focus on the connection between education, jobs and job creation Columbia, SC (Feb 9, 2016) – The Executive Director for Education and Workforce Development at Gallup , Brandon Busteed, will deliver the keynote address at TransformSC’s Spring Conference on March 17 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. “Brandon Busteed and his work at […]
National and state experts give educators support to scale blended learning Columbia, S.C. (February 5, 2016) – Educators gathered at the Center for Advanced Technical Studies in Chapin yesterday to advance the use of blended learning – the combination of face-to-face instruction and support from a teacher and interactions with personalized, digital content on a […]
TransformSC was recently featured on WLTX’s news at 6 p.m. WLTX’s Sonia Gutierrez spoke with attendees of TransformSC’s Blended Learning Institute on Feb. 4 and our own Dr. Peggy Torrey to learn more about what blended learning and other transformative methods are and how they can help students succeed.
The Council was represented at the US-EU Cluster Convening in DC, SC Aerospace delegation attended the Aviation High School Symposium, iTs|SC graduates second class of Leadership Insurance, TransformSC event recaps and Spring Conference Keynote announcement, and more in this month’s newsletter.
South Carolina has joined North Carolina, Illinois, Indiana and Mississippi in a five-year education initiative with Breakthrough Learning that will target students from high-poverty, rural areas. The South Carolina Council on Competitiveness will lead implementation in South Carolina. The goal of the Rural Innovative Schools Initiative is to increase the number of students graduating high […]
Council announces aerospace advisory board and aerospace cluster research,TransformSC updates Profile of the Graduate and more in this month’s newsletter.
Two school districts and one statewide organization have adopted the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate. The Newberry County School District and Richland School District 2 formally adopted the Profile at recent school board meetings. “This is something different, this will not begin when the student is in high school, but when the student comes […]
TransformSC unveils process to join, Life sciences cluster receives national nod, Aerospace cluster conference headlines, Ann Marie Stieritz presents SC cluster activities at national event
TransformSC unveiled the application process for joining its network of schools at the Innovative Ideas Institute hosted by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA) in Myrtle Beach on June 21-23. This marks the first expansion of TransformSC’s network since the original 37 schools were announced in September 2013. Schools participating in the network […]
The Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) Steering Committee has formally adopted the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate. Prepared by the SCASA Superintendents’ Roundtable, the Profile is a description of the knowledge, skills and characteristics that are critical for South Carolina’s graduates to compete in a global economy. The ABC Steering Committee joins the following […]
Townes named chairman of SCAerospace, life sciences industry cluster announces innovation campus, SC ranks 11th in 4K access and 40th in funding, TransformSC School featured on Palmetto Scene, other news and events
Rankings do not include most recent expansion of full-day 4K An annual report by the nonpartisan National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University (NIEER) ranks South Carolina 11th in access to and 40th in state funding for 4K programs. The State of Preschool 2014 is based on data from the 2013-2014 school year […]
South Carolina continues to lead the nation in Work Ready Communities Barnwell, Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Lee, Lexington, and Marion counties have joined the roster of Work Ready Communities in South Carolina. With over half of the state’s counties now certified and the implementation of WorkKeys for all 11th graders, South Carolina is on track to […]
TransformSC conference draws 700, TDL Summit explores dimensions of the cluster, SCBIO receives Office of Innovation grant, 2 more angel investor networks are launched
Spring Conference Highlights Data from Four Schools Columbia, SC (March 9, 2015) – TransformSC schools participated in the initiative’s spring conference today, sharing progress after participating in TransformSC for one school year. From increased parent participation to increased student achievement, educators are seeing results. “TransformSC’s coalition is impacting the public education system from the […]
The South Carolina State Museum recently opened a 75,000 square foot state-of-the-art renovation and expansion project known as, “Windows to New Worlds.” The new features of this project include an observatory with distance learning capabilities, one of the largest planetariums in the Southeast, an expansive collection of antique telescopes and a multisensory 4D theater. The […]
South Carolina’s policy-making body responsible for public elementary and secondary education voted to adopt TransformSC’s Profile of the Graduate during their meeting on February 11th. The State Board of Education (SBE) joins the SC Chamber of Commerce and the SC Association of School Administrators in approving the Profile as a shared vision of the knowledge, skills […]
Columbia – At its February 9 meeting, the Education Oversight Committee (EOC) adopted the “Profile of the South Carolina Graduate”, a set of skills and characteristics that are critical for all graduates of high schools in South Carolina. Originally written by a group of South Carolina school district superintendents in 2012, the profile has also […]
iTs|SC, Columbia’s Insurance Technology and Services cluster graduated eight participants from its first annual Leadership Insurance program. The program was designed for up-and-comers of the local insurance tech and services industry, attracting some of the local industry’s highest potential employees. Participants ranged in age and experience, and came from five different companies from around the […]