Through its program and activities, Forsyth Educator Partnership (FEP) serves teachers and students at all 81 Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (WS/FCS) with a major emphasis and impact on students attending Title I schools. Our programs and activities include Educator Warehouse, Innovative Grants for Teaching, Teacher of PROMISE Awards, and Poet Laureate.
The Educator Warehouse offers free school and classroom supplies to public school teachers. Teachers are able to visit Educator Warehouse once per quarter and are given 25 points to shop for classroom supplies. Each year, the program serves more than 1,500 teachers and provides over $150,000 in free school supplies to more than 18,000 students.
Innovative Grants for Teaching offers grants to teachers to implement projects in the classroom that facilitate “out of the box” learning. Awards of up to $500 are given to winning proposals. In just two years, we’ve awarded grants to more than 70 teachers totaling over $35,000 to implement projects in their classrooms, improving learning outcomes for more 1,000 students.
Now in its eleventh year, the Teacher of PROMISE Awards recognize and honor four, first-year teachers with $1,000 awards. The teachers are nominated by their school principal for demonstrating Potential, Responsibility, Optimism, Motivation, Integrity, Sensitivity, and Excellence in teaching. The PROMISE Awards are announced at the annual STAY Initiative Banquet, a WS/FCS mentoring program designed to help new teachers during their first year in the classroom. The awards promote excellence in teaching, commitment to the profession and assist in teacher retention.
The Educator Poet Laureate Competition is an annual county-wide poetry competition hosted by Forsyth Educator Partnership in conjunction with WS/FCS. The competition augments the WS/FCS English curriculum, and serves as an opportunity for students to showcase spoken word skills to a broader audience. Winners receive a small monetary cash award, and publication of their works in the print journal Fresh Voices Rising. The competition is in its ninth year and has created an avenue of creative expression for hundreds of students.