Friends offers Ambassador Training

“Our people are our single greatest strength and most enduring long-term competitive advantage.” Gary Kelly, President and CEO, Southwest Airlines

The ambassador training academy is a professional development program designed to change the conversation about Texas public schools from the inside out. It addresses attitudes and mindsets, helping each member of the profession step up as ambassadors for themselves, their classrooms, campuses, district, and their profession. It is designed to unite campus and district staff around the organization’s purpose and strengthen the culture of brotherhood among those who work in the schools.

The academy prepares participants to act and communicate professionally and with heart and purpose… helping them avoid common issues rooted in ineffective communication practices that inadvertently undermine parent and public confidence in their work.

Participants learn how the power of professional unity profoundly impacts the profession and why this culture of brotherhood is an essential element of any successful organization. The forces that weaken public trust and confidence in public education are discussed, as well as strategies for restoring public pride, hope, optimism, and confidence in the profession.

Here are some FAQs about Ambassador Training:

Why was it instituted?

Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD is partnering with Friends of Texas Public Schools to create an ambassador training program to address attitudes and mindsets pertaining to public schools. The program helps participants learn how to step up as ambassadors (champions) for classrooms, campuses, C-FB ISD, and the education as a whole.

What exactly is it?

Community members, administrators, staff, parents and students have been invited to attend training sessions on being an ambassador of C-FB ISD.  The training gives the attendees some simple talking points and accolades about the district, it breaks some myths about public education and it empowers the participants to share the good news in their circles of influence.

Who participates?

Community members, administrators, staff, parents and students have been invited to attend.  We have already trained our principals and key district leadership. We have trained over 90 community members.  We have just launched a training for 100 teachers and staff.  We also just launched an additional training for a second cohort of 30 community ambassadors.

What results have you seen?

We launched the initiative last Spring by training administrators.  This summer we trained the community leaders. At Convocation, we spoke to all 3,000 staff members. And now we are speaking to the staff and more community leaders.  Every day, we have ambassadors speaking on our behalf supporting the district. The Community Ambassadors are excited and energized and are using the tools they have learned.  From Mayors to retired teachers, we have supporters interested and involved in the district.

For more information, contact Leslie Milder at 214-498-7680, or

Friends of Texas Public Schools Ambassador Districts:

Alvin ISD
Bastrop ISD
Brazosport ISD
Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD
Commerce ISD
Corsicana ISD
Dickinson ISD
Fort Sam Houston ISD
Friendswood ISD
Glen Rose ISD
Grand Prairie ISD
Kaufman ISD
Kerens ISD
Klein ISD
Lake Dallas ISD
Lytle ISD
Madisonville CISD
Mansfield ISD
Mesquite ISD
Nacogdoches ISD
Nixon-Smiley CISD
Northwest ISD
Palmer ISD
Paris ISD
Pearland ISD
Red Oak ISD
Redwater ISD
Riesel ISD
Rockwall ISD
Snyder ISD
Terrell ISD
Tyler ISD
Venus ISD

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