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Carolina Teacher Induction Program wins 2019 WhatWorksSC Award

Last updated November 13, 2019

By Clinton Colmenares, Director of News and Media Strategy

The Carolina Teacher Induction Program (CarolinaTIP) received The Riley Institute at Furman’s annual Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award at a celebration Nov. 12 in Columbia.

Former U.S. Secretary of Education and South Carolina Governor Dick Riley announced the winner and presented the award, which is given annually to an education program in the state that is successfully improving outcomes for public school students in South Carolina.

“South Carolina sets the example in so many good ways. We need to do a better job of talking about it. We honor and celebrate Carolina TIP and the two award finalists today for improving the lives of children across our state,” Riley said.

CarolinaTIP serves as a bridge of support for new teachers. The program is a collaboration between the University of South Carolina’s College of Education and 38 schools in five districts across the Midlands. CarolinaTIP helps recent graduates make the transition from college students to successful classroom teachers.

As the top award recipient, CarolinaTIP received a $10,000 cash award from Aflac. Awards of $1,000 went to each of two finalists: Pickens County Career and Technology Center, where faculty work to help students develop the skills for success in college and the workplace; and Wings for Kids, a comprehensive, high-quality after school initiative designed to equip at-risk K-5th grade students with the skills they need to succeed in school, stay in school and thrive in life.

As the WhatWorksSC Award winner and finalists, the three programs are now featured on SCETV’s website and are part of the Riley Institute’s WhatWorksSC Clearinghouse.

The award is named for Riley and his late wife, Ann “Tunky” Riley, a devoted teacher and passionate advocate for quality public education for all children. A panel of judges not affiliated with The Riley Institute selected the three finalists from applications submitted last spring.

More information about the three programs and the award is online at Additional information is also available by calling the Riley Institute at 864-294-3546 or emailing

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