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 receive the following support from TransformSC:
- Assistance from TransformSC’s Field Director and Action Teams with implementing an innovation plan
- Access to national experts
- Access to a network of public schools implementing innovative practices
- Support from a coalition of educators and business leaders advocating for local and state policies supporting innovation in education; and
- An increase in statewide awareness of your school’s path to innovation.
The first step to joining TransformSC’s network is for the school to develop an innovation plan with specific goals. Most schools currently in the network are developing a culture of innovation, as well as implementing some combination of blended learning, project-based learning, continuous assessment and competency-based progression. However, any school with a plan to assist its students in achieving the knowledge, skills and characteristics listed on the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate will be considered.
The second step is to request an application packet from TransformSC (email@example.com). The application packet outlines the process in further detail and includes the self-assessment for culture of innovation and any other innovative practices included in the applicant school’s innovation plan. Schools will join the network as an affiliate school (implementing at least one innovative practice) or a collaborator (transforming the system of learning).
The process for districts to join the TransformSC network will be announced prior to the start of the upcoming school year.