TransformSC Releases 2019 Conference Agenda, Focuses on Personalization through Project Based Learning

(Columbia, SC) –TransformSC, an education initiative of the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness will hold its 2019 annual conference on Monday, March 11, 2019, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in downtown Columbia, South Carolina.

Tom Vander Ark, author, and CEO of the learning design firm ‘Getting Smart,’ will set the tone for the day with an opening address that will offer insight into the newest information behind project-based learning (PBL). He will be sharing trends and case studies from schools across the U.S. and lead a Q&A session with two TransformSC co-chairs: Mike Brenan, SC State President of BB&T and Pamela Lackey, recently retired President of AT&T.

Following Mr. Vander Ark’s address, breakout sessions will be held throughout the day. Sessions include design workshops from New Tech Network, a national non-profit organization that is driving transformation in schools nationwide; Suzie Boss, an author and education consultant out of Portland, OR; and Stephanie DisTasio from the South Carolina Department of Education’s Office of Personalized Learning.

Bates Middle School, Monarch Elementary, and Carolina High will also hold breakout sessions that will include panel discussions with school representatives and Q&A with the audience.

State leaders, including Governor McMaster and the leadership in both the SC House and Senate, have made education their top priority for 2019. This makes it more important than ever that education stakeholders collaborate and engage with one another. The 2019 TransformSC conference is expected to have over 400 business leaders, policymakers, and teams of educators from around South Carolina in attendance, making it an ideal environment for sharing and advancing ideas on how project-based learning and other transformative concepts in education can continue to thrive in South Carolina.

Event registration is $100 and includes hot lunch service. For more information about the event, visit:


About Transform SC
TransformSC, an education initiative of the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness, is a collaboration of business leaders, educators, students, parents and policymakers transforming the public education system so that every student graduates prepared for careers, college and citizenship. TransformSC schools and districts are designing, launching, promoting and proving transformative practices in the classroom. Currently, there are 65 schools from 23 districts, and seven entire districts, in the TransformSC network.

About the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness
The South Carolina Council on Competitiveness - often referred to as “The Council” - is a nonpartisan, business-led, nonprofit organization that drives South Carolina’s long-term economic growth by stewarding the state’s industry clusters and providing the research, network, and resources that industry clusters require to thrive.

The Council manages multiple industry clusters in South Carolina and provides support to many others across the state. Industry clusters are concentrations of interdependent firms related through their industrial activities. Clusters include both competitors and collaborators. The resulting inter-cluster business environment fosters innovation. Innovation, in turn, spurs new business ventures.

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