The Clemson University Reading Recovery Training Center recently won the second annual Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award for Excellence presented by the Riley Institute at Furman University and South Carolina Future Minds.
The award was announced Oct. 17 by former governor and U.S. education secretary Dick Riley at the fifth annual S.C. Conference of Public Education Partners at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History in Columbia.
The purpose of the award, presented in conjunction with the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and the South Carolina State Board of Education, is to highlight outstanding educational initiatives throughout the state. Reading Recovery was selected from more than 50 award entries.
“I am thrilled the Clemson Reading Recovery Training Center (CUTC) was awarded the 2012 Dick and Tunky Riley Award of Excellence,” said Celeste Bates, assistant professor and director of the CUTC. “The other programs that were recognized are doing important work in the state and it was an honor to be included in the group. For close to 25 years, the CUTC has trained and supported teachers in the state of South Carolina. These teachers have taught thousands of children to read and this award is a testament to their efforts and commitment.”
Along with the award, Reading Recovery received a $10,000 grant sponsored by BB&T for enhancing the program or consulting with other schools, districts and organizations interested in modeling Clemson’s program.
Part of Clemson’s Eugene T. Moore School of Education, the Reading Recovery Training Center provides training and professional development to teachers who work with struggling first-grade readers. The program offers sessions to help improve students’ reading and writing skills, with the goal of lessening the burden on the educational system and helping children in need. Clemson University is the training site for the program and supports implementation in school districts across the state. It serves 36 school systems, more than 10,000 students in both one-on-one and small group sessions, and 306 teachers and 22 teacher leaders.