Schools will begin using Opportunity Culture in:
Learn more about Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools by visiting the district website.
The North Carolina State Board of Education awarded an Advanced Teaching Roles grant to Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools in fall 2020 to join the national Opportunity Culture initiative. The district is using the grant funding to design and strengthen its Opportunity Culture plans for implementation in fall 2021.
The district intends to use Opportunity Culture roles to help address difficulties in recruiting and retaining great teachers, and to strengthen student learning. The roles extend the reach of excellent teachers and their teams to many more students, provide intensive support to all Opportunity Culture educators, and create paid career paths that let great teachers advance without leaving the classroom.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for us to attract and retain the most qualified educators,” Interim Superintendent Tricia McManus said. “One of the biggest roadblocks to our growth and success is the availability of a qualified work force. This funding is an investment in our future.”
As of fall 2020, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools has 81 schools and about 4,200 teachers. They serve about 55,000 students, of whom about 40 percent are white, 29 percent are Black, and 25 percent are Hispanic.
- Public Impact Press Release: Wilson County, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School Districts Win North Carolina Advanced Teaching Roles Funding to Implement Opportunity Culture
- This video featuring interviews with principals and multi-classroom leaders from several Opportunity Culture schools in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County.