Mansfield ISD Magazine Winter 2018/2019 - Page 23

DOZENS OF MISD FUTURE EDUCATORS ADVANCE TO STATE F ifty-three Mansfield ISD students competed in the regional Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE) competition, and all 53 students qualified for the state contest. TAFE is an organization created to give students an opportunity to explore the teaching profession. Students can also choose to participate in a variety of competitive events where they can demonstrate their impressive abilities to create lessons and activities for a variety of grade levels and subject matters. The state contest will be held Feb. 28 through March 2 in Allen, Texas. Participants will be able to earn scholarships, network and learn best practices. Thirty-two students from Mansfield High School, 10 students from Summit High School and 11 students from Ben Barber Innovation Academy will be taking part in the state TAFE competition. TAFE was created in 1984 to provide Texas middle school and high schools students the necessary knowledge to make informed decisions about pursuing careers in education. The organization is sponsored by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals. MISD STAFF RECEIVE NEARLY $94,000 IN GRANTS TO FUND INNOVATIVE PROJECTS T he Mansfield ISD Education Foundation surprised staff members with more than $93,000 in grants to support innovative projects and activities in the classroom. The fall 2018 prize patrol went around to campuses in November and December to give away a total of 32 grants. $15,000 to fund drones at the Jerry Knight STEM Academy. The MISD Education Foundation goes on a two-day patrol to surprise staff with grants. A majority of the grants focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities. There were also grants to foster student empowerment and wellbeing. The largest grant was sponsored by Mouser Electronics for more than 20 Mansfield ISD’s Education Foundation is a non- profit organization that increases private support for educational activities in the district by awarding funds to teachers for innovative projects and programs that are not funded by tax dollars. Altogether, the organization has raised more than $3.5 million in grants since its inception in 1998. M A NSFIELD ISD.O RG