2024 Teacher Grant Portal Now Open!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Educate Fairfax invites teachers, counselors, and other school personnel to apply for its annual grant program for projects to be completed in the 2023-2024 school year. Grant requests between $1,000 – $2,000 can be submitted for projects that address workforce development and career readiness skills in grades K-12.

Detailed grant guidelines and a link to the application can be found here.

Applications will be accepted from August 14 through September 22 .  Awardees will be notified in October and funds will be disbursed November 8.

*If you have applied for or received a grant from us in the past but have moved schools, please reach out to us so we can make sure your contact information is affiliated with your new school.

Questions? Contact us at info@educatefairfax.org or 571-423-1420.

What a Night! The FCPS Hall of Fame

Over 120 people attended the FCPS Hall of Fame induction event on April 19th. It was a true joy to hear the inspiring stories of our honorees, and meet some of the family members, friends, teachers and mentors who helped them achieve success. This year’s class of inductees (pictured above) spanned four decades and represented a broad range of professional experience and expertise. (Learn more about their stories by clicking here.)

Thank you to our Annual Sponsors for their support as well: Apple Federal Credit Union, Cigna, Cox Business, Dominion Energy, Guernsey, Inc., Kaiser Permanente, Milestone Towers, Moseley Architects and Ricoh, USA.

Do you know an outstanding FCPS alum who has made a significant impact in their chosen field and in the community? We’re already accepting nominations for next year’s class. Click here to access the 2024 nomination form.

Announcing the 2023 Inductees into the FCPS Hall of Fame

Twelve amazing FCPS alumni will be recognized in April as the newest inductees into the FCPS Hall of Fame.

This year’s class of Hall of Fame members include an Army general, an ambassador, entrepreneurs, a scientist, a doctor and philanthropist, and two non-profit leaders in Fairfax. Meet them all at this link.

We are so proud to recognize them, and know you’ll want to be there to cheer them on.

The celebration will be April 19, and tickets are available here!

Deadline Extended: FCPS Hall of Fame

Do you know an outstanding graduate of FCPS who is making meaningful contributions in their community? If so, nominate them for the FCPS Hall of Fame! Our school district has so many amazing graduates who are influencing the world in business, the arts, education, diplomacy, politics and every other area. Educate Fairfax is creating a community where these alumni continue to be engaged with FCPS, our students, and one another.

Nominated a Distinguished Alumni today and join us on April 19, 2023 for the FCPS Hall of Fame event.

The Nomination Form is Available Through this Link!

Educate Fairfax Launches the Innovators’ Fund

At the 2022 Leaders & Learners Breakfast, Board Chairman Cindy Anderson announced a new initiative for 2022-2023, the Innovators’ Fund. This fund will be used to enhance, support, and drive creativity and innovation at all levels in FCPS, particularly related to STEM education. Educate Fairfax will match the first $50,000 in donations to this fund!

Find out more and make your contribution at this link.

We’re excited to keep FCPS at the forefront of innovation and educational excellence!

Easterns Automotive Group Gives Collect for Kids a 7News Helping Hand

Joel Bassam with Easterns Automotive Group wanting to support that cause by providing a 7News Helping Hand.  He selected the annual Collect for Kids effort and WJLA was there to capture the magic of giving in action.

“Educate Fairfax is an amazing organization supporting both the students and teachers of Fairfax County Public Schools,” Bassam said. “We wanted to help you guys out by donating $2,000 to support 200 students to get their school year started off right by providing school supplies. Continue doing the amazing work you are doing. We can’t wait to see you again.”

Educate Fairfax Executive Director Elizabeth Murphy and Londontown Elementary School Principal Wiatte Padmore, were on hand to accept the donation.  Educate Fairfax supports the Collect for Kids effort each by providing basic supply kits , each costing about $10.  Easterns’ donation will help Educate Fairfax provide for 200 students in need this year.

Watch the video here:  https://wjla.com/features/helping-hands/7news-helping-hands-easterns-automotive-group-surprise-educate-fairfax-with-2000?video=2d26b115f91b400e90307e1cf7598a50&jwsource=cl



Working with Educate Fairfax is Good for Business

When you invest in Educate Fairfax, you help your business in three ways: 

  1. Develop a talent pipeline;
  2. Increase your business competitive advantage; and
  3. Capture new perspectives that can contribute to greater innovation.

For business leaders, back to school season is an ideal time to consider partnering with their local schools.  It’s easier for school administrators to consider partnership initiatives at the beginning of the academic year. To facilitate these types of partnerships across all Fairfax County Schools, Educate Fairfax will bring area employers and leaders from the Fairfax County Public School system to our signature event, “Leaders & Learners: Education is Everybody’s Business” on November 9.th  Attendees will hear from new FCPS Superintendent, Dr. Michelle Reid, about her plans to amplify the business voice in the educational system.

Businesses that invest in FCPS not only are developing their own future talent pipeline but are positioning their company with customers and their community.  Accessing research and talent while further connecting with the community is as close to a win-win as you will find.  An easy way to start a partnership with your future workforce is to become an event sponsor at Educate Fairfax’s Leaders and Learner breakfast on November 9th.

Over the two years, we’ve seen a transformational shift in how we view our education and workforce systems. The pandemic has changed the nature of work, how we view skills, and put a spotlight on a dire workforce shortage and the need to re-think how we educate so our current and future workforce can keep pace with the changing needs of our economy. Your support of Educate Fairfax will help create a valuable supply of highly skilled employees in your backyard prepared to make your business more competitive.

To find out more about the event, or to purchase a table or tickets, please visit our website.


Inaugural Class of Inductees for the FCPS Hall of Fame

Educate Fairfax is delighted to announce the inaugural FCPS Hall of Fame, established to honor distinguished alumni of Fairfax County Public Schools.

Educate Fairfax, its staff and board, believes that our vibrant and successful school system contributes to a great quality of life here in Fairfax County. By highlighting its amazing graduates, we are drawing the connection that tomorrow’s stellar community leaders, business owners, and servant leaders are currently students in our schools right now.

Educate Fairfax is here to make sure all of them have a path to success.

This year’s class of Hall of Fame inductees include a life-long diplomat, a war hero, entrepreneurs, a lawyer and inventor, a young published author and filmmaker, an Olympic athlete, and one of FCPS’s leadership team!

The celebration will be May 4, and tickets are available. To find out more information about the winners and how to purchase tickets, please click here.

FCPS Alumni and Friends: A Place for Alumni and Community to Gather

Educate Fairfax is thrilled to announce our brand new online community, FCPS Alumni & Friends, which will allow us to establish greater connections with our graduates and the community. 

Through this new network, all Fairfax County Public Schools alumni, supporters and community members will be able to stay connected and receive regular updates and news articles, along with a wide variety of information on special events, mentoring and volunteer opportunities. A directory allows you to easily find and connect with other alumni and community members, no matter where they’re located.

Graduates of FCPS schools, former school district students, supporters and local residents may sign up for this network and receive regular news and updates. This includes information on district news and events, community points of pride, and how alumni and the community can get more involved in FCPS schools. There will also be regular profiles on alumni, teachers, students and community partners who serve their communities in notable ways.

We invite you to check out the FCPS alumni network and all that this new online community has to offer. We look forward to connecting with you!