Educate | Equip | Engage | Cradle to Career
How do we make sure every child in Forsyth County has a chance to thrive in school, in work, and in life?
We’re doing it by working together like never before. By consciously stepping out of silos to embrace a common vision. By collectively spreading best practices that support children’s growth from cradle to career. By intentionally staying connected to our kids and to each other. We’re doing it by actively aligning our passions to embrace the possible.
The Forsyth Promise is our community’s cradle-to-career education initiative.
Advocating for Equitable Educational Systems
Bringing People and Organizations Together
Helping to Improve Educational Outcomes at All Levels
We work across our local education systems to coordinate and align resources so that every child, regardless of race, ZIP code, or circumstance, can live up to their fullest potential in the classroom, in the community, and in life.
We invite you to learn more about how The Forsyth Promise is working to engage voices, change mindsets, and build community capacity to improve education locally.
A Cradle-to-Career Hub
for Local Education Data
One of The Forsyth Promise’s core values is data-informed decision making. That is why we maintain a wide variety of critical data and information on the state of education in Forsyth County. This includes our core outcomes (disaggregated by key sub groups), key equity measures, and enhanced contextual information to help stakeholders understand our outcomes and how to get involved.
Our Systems Change Work
Our work is pushing the boundaries of what we can achieve together to improve educational outcomes and eliminate disparities.
Our diverse partnership unites our community’s efforts and ideas to shine a light on what’s working well for kids, focus on common goals and outcomes, and align our community’s resources and practices to ensure the best educational outcomes for Forsyth County’s children. In a nutshell, The Forsyth Promise puts us all on the same page and unites us around a common vision: that every child in Forsyth County receives the best education possible and is fully equipped to thrive throughout life.
Virtual Learning Support
Since 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic reshaped how our community learns, and disrupted many aspects of our day-to-day lives. It also illuminated existing inequalities that are now being exacerbated by a range of public health and economic impacts. To support our community in this transition to virtual instruction, we have complied a directory of resources specific to Virtual Learning as well as a directory of COVID-19 Resources.
The Birth to Third Grade Action Network
The Birth to Third Grade Action Network is a coalition of educators, childcare providers, nonprofits, local government, philanthropic organizations, parents, caregivers, and community advocates for education. We are united in a commitment to work together, using data as a guide, to improve our systems of education. Together we are identifying new and innovative ways to use our shared resources and knowledge to improve outcomes for our community’s youngest children.
Be The Change Convenings
The Forsyth Promise brings people and organizations together to improve educational outcomes at all levels. Our Be The Change convenings seek to do just this by bringing our community together to share information and perspectives and to have critical conversations about the most important educational challenges we face. Whether it’s through our larger quarterly convenings or our more frequent community conversations, Be The Change is an important way for all of us to stay connected and engaged.
In 2021, The Forsyth Promise is partnering with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools in an effort to support eight Inspire340 schools using the whole child, whole school, whole community model. Through this partnership, we are working within each school to build a stakeholder network that includes school leadership, educators and staff, parents, caregivers, students, and community members at large. These networks will collaborate to identify the most pressing needs of each school, and work together to build and execute an action plan that taps into community assets to meet these needs.
The Data Sharing Project
The Data Sharing Project (DSP) provides critical evaluation and continuous improvement support to education-based programs in Forsyth County, and it provides a streamlined, secure tool for community agencies and schools to work with student data. The DSP is a major community asset; making it possible for our partners, like Crosby Scholars and Imprints Cares, to receive high-quality evaluation services that many would otherwise not have access to.
The Latest Updates from The Forsyth Promise
Data Sharing Project CoordinatorSHA ribbon cutting ceremony at Petree Elementary School. Photo courtesy of SHA.Greetings from the Data Sharing Project and welcome back to our partner spotlight blog series! Today, we want to share a little bit about our newest Data...
President of the Forsyth County Association of EducatorsMy Dream of Great Public Education My dream of a great public education would be schools led by highly qualified principals. Full of qualified wrap-around service professionals like nurses, social workers,...
North Carolina has fallen behind in its investment in education. To better understand this trend, The Forsyth Promise has looked into Per Pupil Expenditure (PPE) — a way of measuring, comparing and contrasting the amounts of money invested and spent on public...
Data Sharing Project CoordinatorCrosby Scholars program participants. Photo from Crosby Scholars website.Welcome once again to the Data Sharing Project Partner Spotlight Blog Series! This time around, we are spotlighting our partner – Crosby Scholars! Crosby Scholars...
President of the Forsyth County Association of EducatorsFCAE at the Educator Rally for JusticeThe Forsyth County Association of Educators (FCAE) is part of a three-tier labor organization that is working to change the perception of our association from being an...
President of the Ministers' Conference of Winston-Salem and VicinityThe Ministers’ Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity is committed to advocacy concerning numerous diverse issues affecting the citizens of our community. One of the several current concerns of the...
Americorps VISTA What is Leandro Case? At its heart, the case of Leandro v. State of North Carolina is about the responsibilities our state government has towards its students, namely the constitutional responsibility to provide all North Carolina students with...
Data Sharing Project CoordinatorEsharan Monroe-Johnson, Executive Director of Read Write Spell.Greetings from The Data Sharing Project, and welcome back to our Partner Spotlight Blog Series! The first quarter of the 2021 – 2022 school year has ended, extended...
Infant/Toddler Action Team MemberDid you know… babies’ brains grow faster between the ages of zero to three years than at any later point in our lives, building the foundation for all future learning, behavior, and health. As a society, it’s up to us to make sure that...