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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

100 MISD Ambassadors Learn the Importance of Spreading Positivity

There's a lot of great things happening around Mansfield ISD, and 100 staff members from various campuses and departments around the district learned how to spread that positivity throughout the community.

For the second year in a row, MISD partnered with Friends of Texas Public Schools to bring the Ambassador Training Academy. The program reunites campus and district staff around the district’s overall mission to foster a community built on mutual support and to cultivate productive, lifelong learners.

The ambassadors learn how the power of professional unity profoundly impacts their classrooms, campuses, district, and profession. Through three powerful sessions, participants are challenged to think differently about their roles as educators, and to stand up for public education in a way that sparks positive change in our organizational culture.

The program explores some of the major issues negatively affecting the perception of Texas public schools, but the majority of time is spent focusing on celebrating all that is going RIGHT in our schools.

Ambassadors engage in a variety of activities including a book study, headline-gathering to share strengths and achievements from each campus and department, and initiating an activity or program that promotes brotherhood and teamwork.

The response from this year’s group of ambassadors was overwhelmingly positive:

"Ambassador Training was by far the best training I’ve been to in a while. What an opportunity to hear the great things we are doing all around and celebrate successes. The presenters were truly exceptional and the book teaches all of us how to begin to reframe our thinking. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of it and I hope others will get to attend next year!" – Jennifer Castrillo, Curriculum Coordinator

"I would like to say how welcomed and included I felt. Being in transportation I must say this district strives to include all departments, and it means the world to me! I found this very informative, and an all-around fun time. To see and hear the stories generated and the togetherness we have in our district was heartwarming. I felt privileged to be a part of this!" – Rosetta Sanford, Transportation Department

"The Ambassador Training Academy reinforced my belief that culture makes a big difference and is the driving force behind employee performance and productivity. It is responsibility of campus leaders to set the tone and model acceptable behaviors in bringing about change. I feel empowered by the training and honored to be a part of campus leadership in Mansfield ISD." – Erika Dillard, Content Mastery Teacher at Ben Barber Career Tech Academy

Congratulations to our newest group of MISD Ambassadors!