New Carolina, SC's Council on Competitiveness, unveiled TransformSC, an initiative to transform public education in South Carolina, at an education summit held on May 1, 2013. A stellar line up of education innovators and innovation supporters energized and motivated a packed conference of over 300 community and education leaders from across the state who are committed to rethinking public education in South Carolina.
Response to the summit was overwhelmingly positive with statements from participants that “a movement has begun.”
TransformSC is now identifying pilot sites across the state where innovative educators are already engaged in developing and implementing transformative change. We will support these pilot sites through
- research and development in new assessments
- policy support to allow for new approaches, and
- the sharing of best practices from across the state and the nation.
- SC’s public schools aren't failing. They're obsolete.
America’s education system is badly outdated and cannot produce the results our students deserve and their future employers need. South Carolina must radically change its PK-12 system to dramatically increase the number of students graduating ready for career and college without remediation and with globally recognized knowledge certifications.
- Changing Education Paradigms
Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert, talks about the changes that need to take place in our educational system in order to meet the needs of the 21st Century marketplace and the 21st Century learner.
- Need a Job? Invent It
Harvard education specialist Tony Wagner says, "because knowledge is available on every Internet-connected device, what you know matters far less than what you can do with what you know. The capacity to innovate — the ability to solve problems creatively or bring new possibilities to life — and skills like critical thinking, communication and collaboration are far more important than academic knowledge."