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June 22-28Emerging Public Leaders program. Application is due Monday, April 21, 2014; to apply, click here.

July 19-25Teachers of Government program

October 5-10White-Riley-Peterson Fellowship. Nominations can be made by state afterschool network leads and the Afterschool Alliance through May 30, 2014Click here for the nomination form. 

October 2Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award, Columbia


Discover key strategies for creating world-class schools in South Carolina, the results of the state's largest-ever study of public education in the state.

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Winners of the Dick & Tunky Riley WWSC Awards Announced

We are proud to announce that the 2013 winner of the Dick & Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award is Chester Park Elementary School of Inquiry in Chester County.  Chester Park was chosen out of the more than 80 programs in the WhatWorksSC clearinghouse. Chester Park received a beautiful award and a $5,000 cash prize which will serve to expand or replicate their program. 

Two other finalists – the Teacher Cadet program at CERRA and Parents as Teachers South Carolina - were also honored and received $1,000 cash awards.

The Dick & Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award was created in 2011 in order to honor outstanding education initiatives across South Carolina. WhatWorksSC ties strategies for world-class schools in South Carolina to promising in-state initiatives, and includes policy papers written by state leaders, case studies and an evolving clearinghouse of initiatives that explore and exemplify key strategies for improving South Carolina’s public schools. WWSC is continually seeking information about exemplary education initiatives and welcomes ongoing nominations for consideration for succeeding year’s awards.

"Sometimes in early childhood we work so hard on program quality and delivery so we can “prove” through data that our programs are effective and worth the investment, that we don’t have the time (or funding) to get the information about them out to all those who may not understand the importance of reaching families and children early.  Your WWSC website development is a wonderful way to get this information out and to get the necessary coverage about good solid programs that do work and can make a difference."

Mary Anne Mathews, Director of Parenting Programs
PAT State Leader, South Carolina First Steps

To submit a nomination for a program to be included in the WhatWorksSC clearinghouse, click here, or to learn more, please contact Scott McPherson.

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