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Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award 2019

Carolina Teacher Induction Program, 2019 WhatWorksSC Award Winner

Row 1 seated (l-r): Chris Scudder, Mackie Wilson, Shannon Rowe, Michael Medlin, Tamara Turner
Row 2 (l-r): Jon Pedersen, Thomas Hodges, Marie McGehee, Nicole Skeen, Jamie Hennessy, Erin Eigenbrot, Dick Riley, Sherry Whatley, Cindy Van Buren, Lisa Davis, Morgan Lee, Angela Adams, Cathy Stevens, Don Gordon

Ninth Annual Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSCTM Award

A celebration of what works in education
presented by The Riley Institute and Aflac

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Columbia, SC
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
12:30 p.m. Luncheon and program
2 p.m. Dessert reception

For sponsors of the Ninth Annual Dick and Tunky Riley What WorksSC Award for Excellence, click here.

On November 12, 2019, Furman University’s Riley Institute hosted the ninth annual WhatWorksSC Award Celebration. 

Special guest Pickens County School District Superintendent Danny Merck and former U.S. Secretary of Education Dick Riley had an on-stage conversation about current issues in public education.

Secretary Riley and presenting sponsor Aflac named the winner, Carolina Teacher Induction Program, and honored the finalists at the celebration. The award is named for Secretary Riley and his late wife, Ann “Tunky” Riley, a dedicated teacher and passionate advocate for quality public education.


2019 Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award Finalists:  

As the top award recipient, Carolina Teacher Induction Program, received $10,000. Carolina Teacher Induction Program, a University of South Carolina program, is designed to be a bridge support program for new teachers as they transition from university student to leading and teaching in a classroom of their own. Learn more about the Carolina Teacher Induction Program.

The two finalists, Pickens County Career and Technology Center and Wings for Kids, each received a $1,000 award.

Pickens County Career and Technology Center is a center where faculty work diligently to help students develop the skills for success in college and the workplace by encouraging students to explore their talents and interests, and then identify career opportunities that match those skills and interests. Learn more about the Pickens County Career and Technology Center.

Wings for Kids is a comprehensive, high-quality afterschool initiative designed to equip at-risk K-5th grade kids with the skills they need to succeed in school, stay in school, and thrive in life. Learn more about Wings for Kids.

The three finalists for the 2019 award were selected from applications received earlier in the year. The finalists will be added to the WhatWorksSC Clearinghouse, a web-based resource for educators, students, the community and policy makers that identifies promising in-state programs that are working for students in South Carolina.

The finalists are also featured on SC ETV’s, an online resource for educators.

Many thanks to our generous sponsors of the
Ninth Annual Dick and Tunky Riley What WorksSC Award

Presenting Sponsor


Supporting Sponsors

SC Association of School Administrators (SCASA)  
South Carolina ETV  
The South Carolina Education Association
SC Education Oversight Committee  
South Carolina School Boards Association

Press Coverage

Furman University Press ReleaseGSA Business ReportSC Biz NewsUpstate Business JournalCarolina Teacher Induction Program is the award winner Furman News