Opportunities: Mobilizing Together for Action
There will be opportunities that require us to mobilize with the community for school-based assistance and districtwide projects. These opportunities allow WS/FCS and the community to share feedback and match needs with resources.
Previous opportunities to mobilize for action have included:
- Opening a Remote Learning Center (RLC) to support small groups of students and mitigate barriers with remote learning
- Being a mentor for high school seniors participating in Senior Academy, a prorgram hosted in partnership with Greater Winston-Salem, Inc.
- Complete survey to aid the development of the social-emotional skills that students need to build successful relationships, set goals, manage their emotions, and succeed in school
HELP TEACH A CHILD TO READ. CHANGE A LIFE.
We're teaming up with Project Impact and Read Write Spell are all joining forces to organize an army of Reading Warrior volunteers: people like you who know that our community’s success depends on our children’s success. And that helping student’s to learn to read is a community commitment to closing the achievement gap.
How can you help? Volunteer just an hour a week tutoring a child, K-3, and be a part of this all in community effort to close the childhood literacy achievement gap.
The partnering organizations will give you all the support you need. Training. Materials. Check-ins. An easy-to-use, structured curriculum. Your choice of schools and a range of available times. All our kids need is you and you can change their life for the better, forever.
WS/FCS Core Connectors
We need your help to build a team of diligent, enthusiastic leaders who promote the core values of WS/FCS and come together for greater impact in our communities! Become a WS/FCS Core Connector and let's work meaningfully together.
- Serve as a liaison between the district and community: receive key updates and important information to help us strengthen awareness and keep the community informed
- Share outcomes and challenges: help us to better support and celebrate the remarkable opportunities and experiences that inspire every student's pursuit of greatness
- Inspire new collaborations: we'll keep you posted on opportunities to participate with the district (new volunteer programs, school needs, district task forces and advisory groups) and we encourage you to keep us posted on ways we can support your work (booth at festivals and fairs, speaking engagements).
Become a Core Connector
Jump at the Sun
Jump at the Sun, a community partnership between the WS/FCS Social Studies department and Action4Equity, Bookmarks, Triad Cultural Arts, and Read Write Spell is working to cultivate a spirit of multicultural education and understanding for students in our school system. One of the partnership’s ongoing projects is to provide texts connected to the African American and Hispanic Infusion lessons provided for teachers and students in K-5. The first set (6 books) of texts purchased through this initiative arrived at schools in late November. 2020 This is an on-going project that we plan to expand into all grade bands.
- Current Mobilization: Book Drive
Our goal is to provide every WS/FCS school with a copy of each selected book that its teachers need to successfully teach lessons that are infused with the histories and cultural stories.
Want to learn more or discuss ways you can help meet this need?
Contact Mark Batten, Executive Director of Community Engagement: firstname.lastname@example.org, 336.865.2739
- Current Mobilization: Book Drive
Community Learning Center Task Force
The last year has had significant impacts on education. Local remote learning centers have illustrated tremendous impact and potential. Building upon this foundation for community-leveraged support, the Office of Community Engagement is spearheading a task force of nearly 20 community members (parents, nonprofit representatives, faith community leaders, district employees, and other social and human services representatives) to strategeize and develop recommendations for continuing community learning centers.
As the Community Learning Center Task Force develops a set of actionable recommendations, four action committees will be guided by the following principles in alignment with the district’s Strategic Plan:
- Student Achievement: ensuring students are challenged, healthy, engaged, and supported academically and social-emotionally through personalized and motivational support
- Equity and Access: taking full consideration of the diversity among Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools’ students, families, geographic regions, and schools to eliminate barriers that thwart welcoming, culturally relevant, and inclusive environments
- Community Engagement: planning direct work with families, teachers, administrators, district staff, and local communities to develop and deliver creative solutions
- Human Resources Development: ensuring appropriate training and resources to equip staff and volunteers with skills needed to cultivate a culture of trust and respect, as well as participation in academic and social-emotional support
- Climate and Safety: promoting positive cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development to encourage students and create a sense of belonging
- Learnings Team
- Operations Team
- Partnerships Team
- Programming Team