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WhatWorksSC Award Celebration 2019

The Riley Institute at Furman University

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM (EST)

WhatWorksSC Award Celebration 2019

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Individual Registration
Reserve an individual seat at one of the luncheon tables.
Nov 12, 2019 $25.00 $2.24
Table Registration
Reserves one table (seats 8 individuals).
Nov 12, 2019 $200.00 $10.99

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Ninth Annual Dick & Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award for Excellence

A celebration of what works in public education


On November 12, 2019, Furman University’s Riley Institute and South Carolina Future Minds will host the ninth annual WhatWorksSC Award Celebration. Special guest and former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will give remarks. A dessert reception will follow the program.


Three finalists for the award will be selected from applications received earlier in the year. Former two-term Governor of South Carolina and United States Secretary of Education Dick Riley will name the winner and honor the finalists at the celebration. The award is named for Secretary Riley and his late wife, Ann “Tunky” Riley, a dedicated teacher and passionate advocate for quality public education.


Past winners of the award include:

2018 - Farm to Belly

2017 - Make Summer Count

2016 - Healing Species

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 Univeristy)

2012 - Reading Recovery Training Center (Clemson University)

2011 - SC Teaching Fellows (Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement – CERRA)



Opportunities to support the awards celebration and our finalists are available. Please contact Summer Ramsey Dickson for more details (

Have questions about WhatWorksSC Award Celebration 2019? Contact The Riley Institute at Furman University

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Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
1101 Lincoln St
Columbia, SC 29201

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM (EST)

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The Riley Institute at Furman University

Furman University’s Richard W. Riley Institute broadens student and community perspectives about issues critical to South Carolina’s progress. It builds and engages present and future leaders, creates and shares data-supported information about the state’s core challenges, and links the leadership body to sustainable solutions. It is committed to nonpartisanship in all it does and to a rhetoric-free, facts-based approach to change. 

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