Men of Tomorrow (MOT) Knights launched in 2011 at Legacy High School as an all-male English class with the focus of growing successful men inside and outside of the classroom setting.
The program expanded to T.A. Howard Middle School at the start of the 2017-18 school year as an opportunity for male students to receive all of their core content instruction in an all-male setting.
T.A. Howard's program meets the specific learning need for males through three research-based best practices: the use of visual aids, movement within the classroom setting and a need for competition.
Although their core classes (English, math, science and social studies) contain all-male students taught by a male teacher, MOT students can still partake in other extracurricular activities. A special education teacher is also designated to the program.
There are approximately 96 students enrolled in T.A. Howard's MOT chapter, and seven teachers are part of the program.
Men of Tomorrow (MOT) Knights is a gender-based educational choice for male students of T. A. Howard Middle School. Our mission is to inspire and educate young men to be productive citizens.
An enriching educational experience provided by positive relationships and meeting the academic, social, and emotional needs of male students.
Our Core Values
The MOT Knights students will be the example of how T. A. Howard and Mansfield ISD’s core values manifest in students.
T. A. Howard will focus on delivering quality instruction embedded with one core value each six week grading period. Our teachers will support students in the integration of the core values into their daily lives and measure their success with accountability measures.
Our six core values directly align with the district's Vision 2020 values:
The MOT Knights educators will use research based instructional strategies designed to meet the needs of male students. These instructional strategies will include: embedded visual aids, purposeful movement for kinesthetic learning, lessons embedded with competition and lessons embedded with Mansfield ISD’s core values.
Program Highlights - Single Gender Core Classes, Double Blocked Reading and Math (seventh grade), Increased Student Independence in the Educational Process
Character Education Components
Our character education components will consist of Guest Speakers, Group Activities, Community Service, Field Trips, Mentoring Program and Accountability Measures.
Parent and community involvement aspects will include Curriculum Nights, Accountability Measures, Chaperoning Field Trips, Award Ceremonies and Innovation Days.
For more information about T.A. Howard's MOT Knight chapter, email assistant principal Jonathan (Brad) Schilder at JonathanSchilder@misdmail.org.