College of Health, Education and Human Development

Reading Recovery Program Finalist for Riley Education Award

The Riley Institute at Furman and South Carolina Future Minds are pleased to announce Clemson University Reading Recovery Training Center as a finalist for the second annual 2012 Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award for Excellence. Former US Secretary of Education, Richard W. Riley, will be in attendance to present the award October 17th at 4:30 pm  following the fifth annual SC Conference of Public Education Partners. The event is open to the public.

The award highlights outstanding educational initiatives throughout the state, and is presented in conjunction with the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and the South Carolina State Board of Education. Candidates were selected from more than 50 entries in the Riley Institute’s WhatWorksSC clearinghouse.

Clemson University Reading Recovery Training Center serves students statewide. Reading Recovery® is a highly effective short-term, one-to-one intervention for the lowest achieving first graders. It is also a professional development model utilizing a three-tiered approach, which includes teachers, teacher leaders (who train teachers), and university trainers (who train teacher leaders)

The winner receives a $10,000 grant sponsored by BB&T for enhancement of the program or consultation with other schools, districts, and organizations interested in modeling the program. Two other finalists will receive $1,000 grants from the Riley Institute and the South Carolina State Board of Education.

WhatWorksSC ties strategies for world-class schools in South Carolina to promising in-state initiatives. It 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 continually seeks information about exemplary education initiatives and welcomes ongoing nominations for consideration for succeeding years’ awards.

Creation of WhatWorksSC was conceived and driven by the study “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. A product of 3,000 focus group hours with more than 800 stakeholders, the study was conducted by the Riley Institute in 2005 and 2006 with funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

For more information or to register for the event, please visit the Riley Institute’s Center for Education Policy and Leadership website or contact Scott McPherson at scott.mcpherson@furman.edu. Information about the Riley Institute’s WhatWorksSCSM clearinghouse can be found here.