Mansfield ISD Magazine Winter 2016 | Page 23

High School Students Delve Into Post-Grad Options H undreds of Mansfield ISD high school students and their parents turned out for the 2016 MISD College and Career Night. Legacy High School freshman Kaiya Stroy had a productive conversation with a Louisiana Tech representative. A variety of college, technical school and military representatives were available at the Nov. 2 event to answer questions about their respective programs and campuses. “No matter what path these students choose in life, we wanted to give them the opportunity to explore those options,” said Angela Martin, MISD’s AVID coordinator. “The representatives here are allowing students to get a closer look at the schools and eventual careers that are available to them.” Attendees maneuvered through the crowds to get more information about their future. The day also featured seminars on financial aid for college and details about the ACT and SAT college entrance exams. Dozens Turn Out for MISD’s District of Innovation Institute M ore than 150 school administrators and board members from all across Texas signed up to attend Mansfield ISD’s District of Innovation Institute on Nov. 7. MISD completed the process of becoming a District of Innovation (DOI) in the summer of 2016 and helped other districts do the same through the one-day institute. Texas school districts considering the designation, or those who have already achieved it but need help maximizing its potential, were encouraged to attend. A District of Innovation is a concept passed by the 84th Legislative Session in House Bill 1842, effective immediately, that gives traditional independent school districts most of the flexibilities available to Texas’ open enrollment charter schools. MISD now has the flexibility to hire teachers for technical courses who have industry experience but may not have teacher certification. The district also opted out of uniform school calendar, which gives flexibility pertaining to the first and last day of school. The institute included keynote speakers, expert panels and informational workshops. Mansfield School & Family 21