Fostering a Culture of Innovation and Wellness with #FWSU Launch 2.0

This year, FWSU will hold its second innovation challenge, #LaunchFWSU. After the success of last year’s challenge and the entrepreneurial spirit of our FWSU educators, we are looking forward to this year’s round of Launch applications.

Launch #FWSU

The second annual Launch Innovation Challenge was announced at the August inservice to the faculties of Georgia Elementary and Middle School, Fletcher Elementary, and BFA Fairfax.

Superintendent Ned Kirsch talks with staff.

Superintendent Ned Kirsch talks with staff about Launch 2.0 during inservice.

This year, FWSU revealed a new twist on the mini-grant challenges: #LaunchWellness. In addition to innovation mini-grant awards, this year six $500 Wellness mini-grants will be available for this new feature. FWSU is taking a creative and innovative approach to staff wellness through this challenge. Last year, FWSU created a Prevention and Wellness Leadership Team based on the components of the Whole School, Whole Child, Whole Community Wellness Model (WSCC). The importance of staff wellness is highlighted in that model.

Wellness criteria

Teachers can pitch ideas for creating a culture of wellness in schools.

At our inservice kick-off, teachers were given time to network around both of these mini-grant challenges and think about what they would like to address through innovation using our four Action Plan Targets, as well as critical areas of staff wellness.

The Wellness Wheel

The Wellness Wheel

Applications for #LaunchFWSU and #LaunchWELLNESS are due Friday, September 15. #LaunchFWSU Teams will pitch their ideas to an expert panel of community partners on Thursday, September 28. #LaunchWELLNESS Teams will pitch their ideas to an expert panel of community partners on Monday, October 2.

FWSU Action Plan

The 4 Targets of the FWSU Action Plan

Stay tuned for a post in early October on the winning submissions!

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