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
Victor Isler, who has served as the Director of Forsyth County Social Services since April 2018, joined The Forsyth Promise Executive Advisory Board in September 2016. He recently sat down with Tash Lane to share his perspective about The Forsyth Promise and his...
Over the past year, The Forsyth Promise team had the honor of serving our community alongside two Americorp VISTAs. As their time with our team draws to a close, we asked them to reflect and share some highlights of their experiences. Victoria Latham Why did you...
Community Partner Highlight: CARES Team End-of-Year Interview with Janel Sharpe, Assistant Principal at Kimberley Park Elementary
Community Partner HighlightCARES Team End-of-Year Interview with Janel Sharpe, Assistant Principal at Kimberley Park ElementaryInterview by Victoria Latham Can you describe what the CARES team is and who is on the team? Formed in responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and...
Community Partner HighlightMary Dame with Amos CottageWhat is Amos Cottage? Amos Cottage is a Therapeutic Day Program, part of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center - Department of Pediatrics serving children ages 3-7. We use an evidence based program and work with...
On April 15, over 40 community members gathered virtually to discuss the state of education in ForsythCounty, NC under the banner Making Good on Our Promise.View a recording of the event below or go to Facebook Live.Event OverviewThis community convening featured The...
The Data Sharing Project — improving student services and outcomes through data and continuous improvement support.The Data Sharing Project provides many services to our partners. These supports range from continuous and quality improvement, research, evaluation,...
June 17, 2019 On June 17 over 90 community members came together at Forsyth Tech's Rhodes Conference center to build relationships, learn, and discuss the topic of childhood mental health and its effect on our community. Keynote speaker Mary Dame, from Amos Cottage,...
Interview by Glynis Bell Having qualified and passionate team members is one of the most important assets an organization of excellence can have. Folk who are willing to go above and beyond to make sure that the needs of the organization are met, that the mission is...
The Community Coalitions Leadership Program is a series of community-based leadership trainings. These trainings are designed to build awareness and key leadership skills among students, parents, and educators. The purpose of these trainings is to build grassroots...