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Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award 2013



Third Annual Dick & Tunky Riley WhatWorksSCSM Award for Excellence

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Columbia, SC
October 16, 2013
12:30 - 2 p.m.

Congratulations to Chester Park Elementary School of Inquiry, Chester County Schools, winner of the $5,000 Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award for Excellence! Many thanks to our sponsors for their generous sponsorship of this award.

Congratulations to our other two finalists: Parents as Teachers SC, serving students in 37 districts statewide, and the Teacher Cadet Program, Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement (CERRA), serving students statewide! Each received a $1,000 award. Many thanks to our sponsors for their generous sponsorship of these two awards.

             

The finalists and winner of the 2013 award were recognized at a luncheon held October 16th at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

"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

The Riley Institute at Furman and  South Carolina Future Minds would also like to congratulate our 2013 Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award semifinalists. The semifinalists were chosen from over 80 entries in the Riley Institute’s WhatWorksSC clearinghouse and competed for a generous $5,000 grant and two $1,000 grants. These grants will be used  for enhancement of the program or consulting with other schools, districts, and organizations interested in its replication. The semifinalists were judged according to each program’s foundations in research, evaluation, maximization of resources, and sustainability/replicability.

The semifinalists are:

To submit an entry for our 2014 award, click here.

Many thanks to our co-presenters, South Carolina State Board of Education and the South Carolina
Chamber of Commerce, and for the generous support from Childs and Halligan, PA, the South Carolina
Association of School Administrators, the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee,
and the South Carolina School Board Association.

Our great thanks to SCETV for the production of the finalists’ video features.

About WhatWorksSC

WhatWorksSC ties strategies for world-class schools in South Carolina to promising in-state initiatives. It 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. WhatWorksSC is continually seeking information about exemplary education initiatives for inclusion in the clearinghouse, and welcomes ongoing nominations for consideration for succeeding years’ awards.

Creation of WhatWorksSC was driven by “In Their Own Words: A Public Vision for Educational Excellence in South Carolina.” This study, the largest ever done in South Carolina and unique nationally, details key strategies for creating world-class schools in South Carolina, derived from 3000 focus group hours with more than 800 stakeholders. It was conducted by the Riley Institute in 2005 and 2006 with funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Press Coverage

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