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Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award 2017

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Seventh Annual Dick & Tunky Riley What WorksSCTM Award for Excellence

A celebration of what works in education

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Columbia, SC
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
12:30 - 2 p.m.
Luncheon with dessert reception to follow
Individual seats ($25), table reservations ($200)

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On October 24, 2017, Furman University’s Riley Institute and South Carolina Future Minds will host a celebration of what works in public education. Three finalists for the annual WhatWorksSC award have been selected from Riley’s WhatWorks Clearinghouse through a rigorous scoring process and will be honored at the event. Former two-term Governor of South Carolina and United States Secretary of Education Dick Riley will name this year’s winner and present the award. The award is named for Secretary Riley and his late wife, Ann “Tunky” Riley, a dedicated teacher and passionate advocate for quality public education.  

This year’s finalists are:

  • Innovate! program at A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School (Greenville County), which helps at-risk children beginning the summer before third grade and continuing through high school by providing academic instruction, creative teaching, mentoring, and various enrichment opportunities year round.  Learn more about Innovate!
  • Camp iRock (Pickens County), a partnership of the United Way, YMCA and the School District of Pickens County, which is a free summer camp for rising 2nd-4th below grade-level readers with the goal of minimizing summer reading loss, promoting literacy and improving attitudes about learning. Learn more about Camp iRock.
  • Public Education Partners' Make Summer Count (Greenville County), which combats summer reading loss by encouraging students and families in 29 high-need public elementary schools to remain engaged in reading through the summer by providing students with free, new, self-selected, high-interest books and hosting school-based Family Reading Nights. Learn more about Make Summer Count.

About WhatWorksSC

The WhatWorksSC Clearinghouse showcases initiatives that explore and exemplify key strategies for improving South Carolina’s public schools.

WhatWorksSC ties strategies for world-class schools in South Carolina to promising in-state initiatives. The resource includes policy papers written by state leaders, case studies, and an evolving clearinghouse of initiatives that explore and exemplify key strategies for improving South Carolina’s public schools. WhatWorksSC is continually seeking information about exemplary education initiatives for inclusion in the clearinghouse, and welcomes ongoing nominations for consideration for succeeding years’ awards.

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