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Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award 2012

Second Annual Dick & Tunky Riley WhatWorksSCTM Award for Excellence

South Carolina Archives and History Center, Columbia, SC
October 17, 2012 at 4:30 p.m.

Congratulations to Clemson University Reading Recovery Training Center, winner of the $10,000 Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award for Excellence! Many thanks to BB&T for  their generous sponsorship of the award. To view the program, click here.


Congratulations to our two finalists: Bridges to a Brighter Future and the Teacher Cadet Program (CERRA)! These two outstanding programs received $1000 awards provided by the Riley Institute and the South Carolina State Board of Education.


And finally, congratulations to our Honorable Mention, Chester Park Elementary School of Inquiry!

The Riley Institute at Furman and South Carolina Future Minds would like to congratulate our 2012 Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award semifinalists. These semifinalists were chosen from over 50 nominations, and will compete for a generous $10,000 grant sponsored by BB&T. This grant will be used to expand or replicate the winning program or initiative. The semifinalists will be judged according to each program’s foundations in research, evaluation, maximization of resources, and sustainability/replicability. 

The ten semifinalists are:

Honoring highly effective education initiatives in South Carolina

The Riley Institute at Furman and South Carolina Future Minds have partnered to present the second annual Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award for Excellence.  A confidential, non-partisan selection committee comprising representatives from two highly-regarded national education foundations, a major South Carolina-based corporation, a South Carolina institution of higher education, and a national education consultant has been chosen to judge each submission.  Initiatives considered for the Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award for Excellence showed convincing data highlighting each programs’ effectiveness in improving education in the Palmetto State.

About WhatWorksSC

WhatWorksSC ties strategies for world-class schools in South Carolina to promising in-state initiatives and includes policy papers written by state leaders, case studies, and an evolving clearinghouse of initiatives that explorew and exemplify key strategies for improving South Carolina’s public schools. WWSC is continually seeking information about exemplary educational initiatives and welcomes ongoing nominations for consideration for each succeeding year’s Award.

Creation of WWSC was driven by “In Their Own Words: A Public Vision for Educational Excellence in South Carolina.” This study, the largest ever conducted in South Carolina and unique nationally, details key strategies for creating world-class schools in South Carolina and was derived from 3,000 focus group hours with more than 800 stakeholders statewide.  It was conducted by the Riley Institute in 2005 and 2006 with funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Press Coverage

Furman University Press ReleaseUpstateBizSC

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 our sponsors: BB&T, Childs & Halligan, PA,
South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA) and SCETV.