For the third time in three years, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 has been awarded a Local Government Innovation Award (LGIA) by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, this time for the creation of career pathways for all students at Burnsville High School.
The school was among five recipients in the school category of the 12th annual awards.
Schools, cities, townships, counties and Native nations can apply for the award each year. A panel of judges consider submissions for their creativity, sustainability and collaboration.
“This year, like every other, we’re struck by the innovation that’s happening in Minnesota. It’s always evolving, which is inspiring for the judges to see,” says Jay Kiedrowski, senior fellow at the Humphrey School’s Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center and LGIA program lead. “The exciting part is sharing all of this innovation with the broader community in hopes that they see opportunities in these innovative models to apply to their own communities.”
All students at Burnsville High School participate in College and Career Pathways that prepare them for their futures, provide college credit and/or industry certifications, and enable over 200 business leaders to partner with teachers and students for relevant learning.
“Burnsville reimagined the high school experience,” said Kathy Funston, the district’s director of strategic partnerships and pathways. “Instead of registering for courses and checking off requirements, students select scaffolded, interdepartmental courses within 14 distinct pathways based on their interests, goals, and opportunities for future success.”
All pathways are offered within the school building so that no student is denied access or opportunity to a unique, engaging and rewarding high school experience.
District 191 has received three other Local Government Innovation Awards:
- 2017: Shaping Success for All Students: Financial Literacy, Career Pathways, and Business Partnerships—Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Public School District
- 2016: Sioux Trail Elementary for cultural proficiency was overall category winner and received $5,000.
- 2009: Burnsville High School awarded for the partnership with the city of Burnsville that created the state-of-the-art tv studio at the school.