The superintendent of Greenville County Schools says partnerships between all aspects of a community can transform South Carolina’s education system and better prepare students for careers.

Burke Royster said in a presentation at the TransformSC’s annual conference that, “Everything that we do, we can do better when we work in partnership with all aspects of the community – parents, community-based organizations, for profits, nonprofits, government entities – all kinds of institutions.”

TransformSC was founded in 2013 by the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness to transform the public education system in South Carolina so that every student graduates prepared for careers, college and citizenship, according to its website. The group is made up of business leaders, educators, students, parents and policymakers.

Royster highlighted partnerships with Michelin, Greenville Health System and the Greenville Federal Credit Union, all of which provide students with mentors, learning opportunities and insights into future career opportunities.

TransformSC supports system-wide innovation in South Carolina’s PK-16 education system by:

    • Coordinating action teams addressing emerging issues in education innovation
    • Communicating with stakeholders, including educators, community members, businesses, policymakers and media
    • Supporting educators and business leaders advocating for education innovation
    • Promoting innovative practices that can be replicated around the state

There are currently 55 schools from 23 districts, as well as five entire districts, in the TransformSC network. New schools and districts are accepted on a quarterly basis.

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