The Winston-Salem Foundation announces a 5-Year commitment for Peer Project in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County schools

The Winston-Salem Foundation announces  a 5-Year commitment for Peer Project in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County schools
July 02
00:00 2015

In above photo: Winston-Salem Foundation

The Winston-Salem Foundation and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (WS/FCS) are pleased to announce the Peer Project, a 5-year, $2 million commitment by the Foundation. The program is to help support local educators with a broad and varied range of professional development learning opportunities. All the employees will ultimately gain experience that will enrich the classroom and boost student achievement.

“We know that there is a desire throughout Forsyth County to show community support for our invaluable public school educators. By investing in a culture of continuous learning for educators, we’re investing in both our students and in the community as a whole. The Foundation is excited to be making this significant investment in the school system to positively impact the instructional effectiveness in all of our classrooms,” said Scott Wierman, president of the Foundation.

The Foundation has worked closely with the school system to identify this new strategic priority to support the district’s stated goals and priorities, which include by 2020, that 90 percent of third-grade students will read on or above grade level; by 2018, the graduation rate will be 90 percent; by 2018, the achievement gap will be closed between subgroups by 10 percentage points while increasing the performance of all subgroups.

The Peer Project will officially launch during the 2015-16 school year, and its first professional development opportunity will be a round of educator grants available to staff attending the August WS/FCS Collaborative Learning Conference. Additional Peer Project training opportunities will be shared in the coming months, and all programming will be planned and administered by the school system.

“The Foundation has a long history of supporting our educators, and we’re so pleased that it will partner with us to achieve our district goals. We know that in order to achieve these, we must work together to equip our staff with the tools, resources, and enrichment opportunities they need,” said Dr. Beverly Emory, superintendent of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.

The Peer Project aligns with other grant making investments that the Foundation has made in the school system, including 32 Community Grants totaling $462,671 over the past 10 years. The Foundation also supports individual educators’ professional development through the Forsyth County Teacher Grants program, which in 2015 alone awarded 52 grants totaling $78,446 for innovative and results-oriented educational opportunities.

The Foundation’s educational support in Forsyth County also extends to nearly $1 million in college scholarships that were given to local students during the 2014-2015 school year.

For updated information on the Peer Project in the future, please visit

The Winston-Salem Foundation is a community foundation that supports charitable programs in the greater Forsyth County area. Founded in 1919 with a $1,000 gift, it now administers approximately

1,300 funds and had total custodial assets of $384.3 million at the end of 2014. In 2014, the Foundation granted $24.8 million to charitable causes, over $2 million of which was through the Community Grants program.

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The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools serves approximately 54,000 students in 81 schools in the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina. At every school, dedicated teachers as well as staff members lead the students in the hopes of helping them grow as overall students and people. Parents, students, schools and the community are working together to build the leaders of tomorrow. Learn more at

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