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Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award 2020

Tenth Annual Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSCTM Award

Virtual Award Celebrating successful public education initiatives in South Carolina

Tuesday, October 6, 2020
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. via Zoom

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View sponsors of the Tenth Annual Dick and Tunky Riley What WorksSC Award for Excellence

The Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award and Clearinghouse is dedicated to celebrating remarkable education programs that are making a difference for children and communities. Each fall, the Riley Institute presents the Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award to a program that has collected detailed program data showing its impact on South Carolina’s public school students. 

The Riley Institute is pleased to announce that three South Carolina initiatives supporting public education are being recognized for their effectiveness in improving student outcomes. The Alternative Pathways to Educator Certification (APEC) Program, Monaview MAGIC Initiative, and Spartanburg First Steps/Quality Counts have been named finalists for the 10th annual Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award.

Presented by Furman University’s Riley Institute, the WhatWorksSC Award ceremony is one of the biggest celebrations of public education in the state and will take place virtually this year on October 6. The winner will be announced by former U.S. Secretary of Education and S.C. Governor Richard W. Riley.

More about the 2020 Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award finalists:

  • Alternative Pathways to Educator Certification (APEC) Program (Columbia) recruits, prepares, and promotes the retention of quality teachers in critical-need schools and districts in South Carolina. The Columbia College program offers an innovative certification alternative that incorporates a year-long teacher residency with compensation, mentoring, and graduate coursework.
  • Monaview MAGIC Initiative (Greenville) fosters social, emotional, and educational growth in students by equipping families with resources and knowledge that help them thrive. Monaview Elementary School students enrolled in the program receive targeted math and reading instruction, are taught organizational skills, and participate in activities that promote overall wellbeing. 
  • Spartanburg First Steps/Quality Counts (Spartanburg) creates high-quality learning environments and promotes best practices for teachers that help prepare students for success in school and life. By providing targeted professional development, mentorship and coaching, and nationally recognized assessments, Quality Counts lays the foundation for continuous improvement.

These programs were selected from a large pool of entries based on effectiveness as evidenced by their research, resource allocation, and sustainability by a committee of corporate leaders and education experts.The winner will be awarded a $10,000 cash prize and the two finalists will receive $1,000 each. All will become members of the Riley Institute's WhatWorksSC Clearinghouse, an online resource that serves as a repository of high-quality, data-supported public education initiatives for improving South Carolina's public schools. Past and future winners and finalists will also be featured on SCETV’s website.

For program information, contact Cathy Stevens at 864.294.3265 or email
For media information, contact Katie Quine at 864.294.3368 or email

Many thanks to our generous sponsors of the
 Annual Dick and Tunky Riley What WorksSCTM Award for Excellence

This event is also made possible with support from the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee.