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Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award 2015

Teacher Cadet Team, 2015 WhatWorksSC Award Winner 
Front row (l-r): Arthur Pinckney, Rona Neely, Marcella Wine-Snyder, Jane Turner, Jean Burden
Back row (l-r): Carrie Hamiter, Kelly Browder, Todd Scholl 

Fifth Annual Dick and Tunky Riley What WorksSCTM Award for Excellence

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Columbia, SC
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

CERRA’s Teacher Cadet program wins 2015 Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award for Excellence

A program aimed at attracting the best and brightest of S.C.’s students to teaching has won the 2015 Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award for Excellence. Furman University’s Riley Institute and South Carolina Future Minds presented the award to the Teacher Cadet Program at the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, & Advancement (CERRA). To view the program, click here.

The award, which highlights innovative educational initiatives throughout the state, was presented before an audience of more than 300 people during the WhatWorksSC award luncheon, held in conjunction with the South Carolina Future Minds’ annual Public Education Partners meeting. Linda O’Bryon, president and CEO of South Carolina ETV, hosted a conversation with current South Carolina State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman. Former two-term Governor of South Carolina and United States Secretary of Education Dick Riley presented the awards.

As the top award recipient, The Teacher Cadet Program received $5000 to support its ability to share its story and continue to expand throughout South Carolina. The Teacher Cadet Program, under the leadership of Marcella Wine-Snyder, seeks to encourage academically able students who possess exemplary interpersonal and leadership skills to consider teaching as a career. It provides the opportunity for schools and districts to identify and recruit “homegrown” teachers and educators, providing a gateway for these academically talented students to return to their communities as education professionals. Founded in 1986, the program has grown to include approximately 165 South Carolina high schools serving nearly 2,500 juniors and seniors annually. Learn more about The Teacher Cadet Program.

The two finalists for the award, Parents as Teachers SC and Reach Out and Read Carolinas, each received $1000.


Finalists were selected by a national panel of judges from more than 100 entries in the Riley Institute’s WhatWorksSC Clearinghouse, an online tool that showcases initiatives that explore and exemplify key strategies for improving South Carolina’s public schools.

To view the video featuring Linda O’Bryon and Molly Spearman, see below.

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Many thanks to our co-presenters, South Carolina State Board of Education, the South Carolina
Chamber of Commerce and
the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee, and for the generous support
from Riley Pope & Laney, LLC and the South Carolina 
Association of School Administrators.

Our great thanks to SCETV for the production of the finalists’ video features.