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Chester Park School of Inquiry and Winthrop Faculty Member Receive the 2013 WhatWorksSC Award

Sue Spencer and the faculty at Chester Park School of Inquiry were the overall winner of the 2013 Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award for Excellence. The award was announced at a luncheon in Columbia, S.C. on October 16, 2013. More than 80 schools and organizations applied or were nominated for the prestigious award. Spencer has worked alongside the faculty at Chester Park School of Inquiry over the past four years as a Winthrop Faculty in Residence as part of the Winthrop University-School Partnership Network. The majority of Spencer’s work has involved supporting the school in implementing project-based learning (PBL). Their cooperative efforts were recognized by the WhatWorksSC selection committee for the impact of PBL on student learning and development. In addition to the elegant glass statue and a $5,000 award to support further PBL efforts at Chester Park, Spencer has been invited to serve on a statewide consortium to study the use and impact of PBL on a larger scale. More about the award can be found on the WhatWorksSC website(

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