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WhatWorksSC Award Celebration

The Riley Institute at Furman University

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM (EDT)

WhatWorksSC Award Celebration

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Individual Registration
Reserve an individual seat at one of the luncheon tables.
Oct 29, 2018 $25.00 $2.24
Table Registration
Reserves one table (seats 8 individuals).
Oct 29, 2018 $200.00 $10.99

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 Honoring highly effective education initiatives in South Carolina

The Riley Institute at Furman and South Carolina Future Minds are pleased to present the annual Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSCTM Award for Excellence to an outstanding education initiative in South Carolina. Each year, we gather in Columbia to celebrate the three finalists for the award and name a winner. 

 2018 WhatWorksSC Award Finalists

Congratulations to our three finalists!

  • Charleston County School District Summer Teacher Residency, a program designed to recruit and retain highly effective teachers in high-needs schools. Learn more.
  • Farm to Belly, an innovative collaboration between Greenville Health System and Feed & Seed that emphasizes moving, learning and growing by cooking, shopping for and sharing healthy food. 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.

 Special Guests

We will be joined by special guests Dr. Russell Booker, superintendent of Spartanburg School District Seven; Rep. Neal Collins (R-Pickens), 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, our special guests will share takeaways from the experience.

About WhatWorksSCTM Award

The Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award is dedicated to the memory of Ann “Tunky” Riley, a devoted teacher and passionate advocate for quality public education for all children. In South Carolina, Tunky Riley worked tirelessly alongside then-Governor Dick Riley to increase funding and support for public education, playing an instrumental role in the passage of South Carolina’s Education Improvement Act, as she garnered grassroots support throughout the state. While first lady, she also created a South Carolina Partnership for Parent Involvement in Education. During Dick Riley’s eight years as United States Secretary of Education, she traveled extensively in support of his initiatives to improve academic standards, to make high-quality education more accessible for lower-income families, and to expand college grant and loan programs.


Many thanks to our 2018 WhatWorksSC Award Sponsors!

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? Contact The Riley Institute at Furman University

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Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
1101 Lincoln St
Columbia, SC 29201

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM (EDT)

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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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