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VISTA Research Assistant Position at the Riley Institute. This person will assist the research staff in the Riley Institute's Center for Education Policy and Leadership with projects and evaluations related to education, as part of a larger VISTA program. To view the position description, click here.

October 8 - 13: White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellowship

October 24: Seventh Annual Dick & Tunky Riley What WorksSC Award for Excellence

November 8 - 9: National Conference on Climate Change

January 9, 2018: The 2018 David H. Wilkins Legislative Award Dinner, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

February 9, 2018: Law & Society Series

March 28, 2018: Jeffrey Ball, Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow

July 14 - 20, 2018: Teachers of Government program. Click here for the application.


August 24, 31 and September 7Summer Series 2017

September 18Henry Louis Gates, Jr., video of the event is available.

Check our calendar for all events at the Riley Institute including the Diversity Leaders Initiative and the Center for Education Policy and Leadership





Seventh Annual Dick & Tunky Riley
What WorksSC Award for Excellence

A celebration of what works in education

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Columbia, SC
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
12:30 - 2 p.m.
Luncheon with dessert reception to follow
Individual seats ($25), table reservations ($200)

Click here to reserve your table or seat.

On October 24, 2017, Furman University’s Riley Institute and South Carolina Future Minds will host a celebration of what works in public education. Three finalists for the annual WhatWorksSC award have been selected from Riley’s WhatWorks Clearinghouse through a rigorous scoring process and will be honored at the event. Former two-term Governor of South Carolina and United States Secretary of Education Dick Riley will name this year’s winner and present the award. The award is named for Secretary Riley and his late wife, Ann “Tunky” Riley, a dedicated teacher and passionate advocate for quality public education.  

This year’s finalists are:

  • Innovate! program at A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School (Greenville County), which helps at-risk children beginning the summer before third grade and continuing through high school by providing academic instruction, creative teaching, mentoring, and various enrichment opportunities year round.  Learn more about Innovate!
  • Camp iRock (Pickens County), a partnership of the United Way, YMCA and the School District of Pickens County, which is a free summer camp for rising 2nd-4th below grade-level readers with the goal of minimizing summer reading loss, promoting literacy and improving attitudes about learning. Learn more about Camp iRock.
  • Public Education Partners' Make Summer Count (Greenville County), which combats summer reading loss by encouraging students and families in 29 high-need public elementary schools to remain engaged in reading through the summer by providing students with free, new, self-selected, high-interest books and hosting school-based Family Reading Nights. Learn more about Make Summer Count.

For more information, click here.