Peer Project


This year, The Winston-Salem Foundation and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (WS/FCS) continued their collaboration through the Peer Project, a 5-year, $2.3 million commitment by the Foundation to support local educators with professional development learning opportunities to enrich the classroom experience and boost student achievement. 

ALIGNMENT WITH WS/FCS STRATEGIC GOALS

In 2015, professional development was identified by the school system to be a crucial weakness in the district's quest to meet the following goals and priorities:

  • By 2018, achieve a 90% graduation rate
  • By 2018, close the achievement gap by 10 percentage points
  • By 2020, 90% of 3rd grade students will be reading on or above grade level

PEER PROJECT GRANTS

Since its launch during the 2015-16 school year, the Peer Project has provided nearly $700,000 in funding to-date for professional development opportunities such as:

  • Training in the Orton-Gillingham Instructional Approach for elementary teachers
  • A round of individual grants for staff who attended the WS/FCS Collaborative Learning Conference (for two years)
  • Training in the Commonweal model to increase civic engagement in social studies classrooms
  • Poverty simulation exercise for educators led by Crisis Control Ministries
  • Training with Eric Jensen, author of Teaching with Poverty in Mind, to help teachers better understand and support students living in poverty
This March 2017 update from Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools provides the most current information about Peer Project grants. The January 2016 update highlights grants from the 2015-2016 school year.

All programming is planned and administered by the school system. "Like" The Winston-Salem Foundation on Facebook and follow #peerprojectws to stay up-to-date!

ADDITIONAL WSF SUPPORT FOR EDUCATION

The Peer Project aligns with other grantmaking investments that the Foundation has made in the school system, including Community Grants totaling over $350,000 in the past 10 years.  The Foundation also supports individual educators’ professional development through the Forsyth County Teacher Grants program, which in 2016 awarded 41 grants totaling more than $73,000 for innovative and results-oriented educational opportunities.  The Foundation’s educational support in Forsyth County also extends to more than $900,000 in college scholarships that were given to local students in the 2016-2017 school year.

HOW TO SUPPORT THE PEER PROJECT

Interested in contributing to the Peer Project?  Click here to donate by credit card.  For information on other ways to donate, please click here.

MORE ON WINSTON-SALEM/FORSYTH COUNTY SCHOOLS

The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school system serves approximately 54,000 students in 81 schools in the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina. At every school, students are led by teachers and staff members dedicated to helping them grow as students and people. Parents, students, schools and the community are working together to build the leaders of tomorrow. Learn more at www.wsfcs.k12.nc.us
 
 


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