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In order to better serve our highest need communities, ALL4SC requires community, policy and education partners.

Through this initiative, the university will partner with school systems, communities, educational organizations and lawmakers to strengthen education in South Carolina.

“[ALL4SC can partner with us] By bringing together resources to address challenges like healthcare access, poverty and ensuring students have what they need to succeed. (By) bringing everyone to the table, having a conversation and allowing the community to identify priorities…”

Tammy Martin, Principal, Fairfield Elementary School

Schools and Communities: Fairfield County

Our anchor community, Fairfield County is located approximately 35 minutes north of the main campus of the University of South Carolina in downtown Columbia. This expansive rural community of 710 square miles, only slightly more than an hour south of Charlotte, North Carolina, is just minutes from an interstate highway. The SC Department of Commerce is planning to market a tract of land in Fairfield County that it is calling the I-77 International Megasite, a location for major economic development for the state.


Agencies and Organizations

Fairfield Behavioral Health Services was established in 1979 by an ordinance from Fairfield County Council created by the South Carolina Act 301 of 1973. The sole county authority for alcohol and drug abuse services, Fairfield Behavioral Health Services is a public nonprofit agency that offers a variety of services in addition to confidential alcohol and other drug treatment provided by licensed, certified and trained staff. Fairfield Behavioral Health Services is one of 32 county alcohol and drug abuse authorities recognized by the state of South Carolina.

United Way of the Midlands serves a vital role in our community, filling in the gaps between government services and smaller, niche nonprofits. Only United Way has the resources to provide large-scale solutions to pervasive community problems, like homelessness or lack of basic health services.
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 72 schools from 25 districts as well as 7 entire districts in the TransformSC network.  Applications for the TransformSC network are accepted on a rolling basis.

KnowledgeWorks partners with school districts and communities to deliver innovative, collaborative personalized learning opportunities for students through competency-based education. Our team helps administrators and educators create a community-wide plan to achieve their vision, understand opportunities for professional development and system alignment and build capacity to sustain personalized learning practices.

By looking ahead to the future of learning and work, transforming policy and growing educator impact, the KnowledgeWorks team helps policymakers and communities create a foundation for systemic change.

The Learning Policy Institute conducts and communicates independent, high-quality research to improve education policy and practice. Working with policymakers, researchers, educators, community groups, and others, the Institute seeks to advance evidence-based policies that support empowering and equitable learning for each and every child. Nonprofit and nonpartisan, the Institute connects policymakers and stakeholders at the local, state, and federal levels with the evidence, ideas, and actions needed to strengthen the education system from preschool through college and career readiness.

Harmony & Inspire, formally launched in September 2014, were established through a generous gift to serve the global needs of the 21st century by providing innovative and inspirational education programs to teachers and to nonprofit and for-profit leaders through the Institute of Philanthropy. 

Learn more about this unique partnership and our efforts to create a cross-sector professional learning community to support the social-emotional learning of South Carolina's students [pdf].

Sanford Programs are designed with a commitment to making a difference in society. The Programs' mission is to create positive societal change through the development of nonprofit leaders and to create educators who teach inspirational programs serving worldwide needs.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.