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Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award 2018

Farm to Belly, 2018 WhatWorksSC Award Winner

(l-r) Helen Flounders, Martha Cartwright, Cynthia Sosebee, Shannon Hagood, Avery Allen, 
Megan Shropshire, Kerry McKenzie, Jackie Cassidy, Secretary Riley, Don Gordon, Joy Venable
and Caroline Mauldin

Eighth Annual Dick & Tunky Riley WhatWorksSCTM Award for Excellence

A celebration of what works in education

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Columbia, SC
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
12:30 - 2 p.m.

For sponsors of the Eighth Annual Dick & Tunky Riley What WorksSC Award for Excellence, click here.

On October 30, 2018, Furman University’s Riley Institute and South Carolina Future Minds hosted a celebration of what works in public education. Three finalists for the annual WhatWorksSC award were selected from Riley’s WhatWorks Clearinghouse through a rigorous scoring process and were honored at the event. Former two-term Governor of South Carolina and United States Secretary of Education Dick Riley named this year’s winner, Farm to Belly, and presented the award to the group. The award is named for Secretary Riley and his late wife, Ann “Tunky” Riley, a dedicated teacher and passionate advocate for quality public education. To view the program, click here.

Special guests Dr. Russell Booker, superintendent of Spartanburg School District Seven; Rep. Neal Collins, member of the S.C. House of Representatives; and Susie Shannon, president and CEO of the S.C. Council on Competitiveness, having recently returned from a field study of Finnish public education, participated in a discussion entitled "Finland and South Carolina: What Can We Learn?" The discussion was moderated by Jacki Martin, deputy director of the Riley Institute.

2018 Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award Finalists:   

As the top award recipient, Farm to Belly received $5,000. An innovative collaboration between Greenville Health System and Feed & Seed, Farm to Belly emphasizes moving, learning and growing by cooking, shopping for and sharing healthy food. Learn more.

The two finalists, Charleston County School District Summer Teacher Residency and South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics & Science, each received a $1,000 award. 

Charleston County School District Summer Teacher Residency, a program designed to recruit and retain highly effective teachers in high-needs schools. Learn more.


South Carolina's Coalition for Mathematics & Science (SCCMS), a Clemson University-based initiative that serves the whole STEM ecosystem statewide through a variety of programs. Learn more.

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.

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

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