In June 2015, The Winston-Salem Foundation and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (WS/FCS) announced 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
The Foundation worked closely with the school system to identify professional development as an important factor in supporting the district's stated goals and priorities, which include:
- By 2018, a 90% graduation rate
- By 2018, close the achievement gap by 10 percentage points
- By 2020, 90% of 3rd grade students reading on or above grade level
PEER PROJECT GRANTS
The Peer Project officially launched during the 2015-16 school year and has provided over $500,000 in funding to-date for professional development opportunities such as:
All programming is planned and administered by the school system. "Like" The Winston-Salem Foundation on Facebook and follow #peerprojectws to see more updates during year two!
- 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
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