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Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award 2020

Tenth Annual Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSCTM Award

Celebrating successful public education initiatives in South Carolina

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
Thursday, November 12, 2020

Lunch will be served

What is WhatWorksSC?

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. The award is given each year to a program that has demonstrated success in supporting public school students. Each fall at a lunch celebration, the Riley Institute awards 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 winner receives a $10,000 cash award and each of the top two finalists receives $1,000. Following the awards ceremony, the winner and two finalists are added to the WhatWorksSC Clearinghouse each year. The WhatWorksSC Clearinghouse serves as a repository of high-quality, data-supported public education initiatives in South Carolina.

Past and future winners and finalists will be featured on SCETV’s website and in the Riley Institute’s WhatWorksSC Clearinghouse.

When is the award celebration?

This year’s event will be held on November 12, 2020, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, and lunch will be served. Please save the date!

Who is eligible?

Only programs meeting these criteria may be considered for the WhatWorksSC™ Award

  • Program may be a local implementation of a larger or national program, but must have collected robust local data proving effectiveness.
  • Program must support student success in South Carolina’s public schools.
  • Programs must not currently be under evaluation by the Riley Institute’s evaluation team.
  • Previous award winners are not eligible for consideration until 10 years (11th year eligible) after they win award.
  • Previous semifinalists are not eligible for consideration until 5 years (6th year eligible) after they place as semifinalists.
  • Programs being evaluated by the Riley Institute at Furman are not eligible until after the evaluation has been completed.

How does one apply for the Riley Institute’s WhatWorksSC Award?

The Riley Institute is accepting submissions for the 2020 WhatWorksSC Award until June 12, 2020Click here for the application.

How is the winner selected?

A confidential, nonpartisan selection committee consisting of five highly-regarded state and national education experts closely evaluates the eight to ten semifinalist programs, scoring them against a rubric designed to evaluate the above criteria.

Who has won in the past?

2019: Carolina Teacher Induction Program
2018: Farm to Belly (Bradshaw Institute, Prisma Health)
2017: Make Summer Count (Public Education Partners)
2016: Healing Species Violence Prevention Compassion Education Program
2015: Teacher Cadet Program (Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement-CERRA)
2014: Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty (Francis Marion University)
2013: Chester Park Elementary School of Inquiry Project-Based Learning Initiative (with Winthrop University)
2012: Reading Recovery Training Center (Clemson University)
2011: South Carolina Teaching Fellows (Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement-CERRA)

Contact information

For more information, contact Cathy Stevens at or 864.294.3265.