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Event series will bring business, education leaders together

A three-part event series this fall will help build partnerships between area businesses and community leaders and Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.

The “Business Leader and Educator Partnership” will start with an opportunity for business leaders to tour schools and take part in typical school-day activities on Thursday, Oct. 8. Then, a month later on Nov. 9, Burnsville High School teachers will tour local businesses and community organizations to see first-hand how the subjects they teach are used in the workforce.

“For us to ensure our students are real-world ready, educators need to have a strong understanding of how skills and knowledge are used in real-world settings,” said Curriculum Director Kathy Funston. “And it can be equally beneficial for business leaders to see first-hand how schools are helping students develop skills needed to be successful after graduation.”

Following the business tours on Nov. 9, those who participated in either of the first two events can attend a luncheon and take part in a facilitated program to continue exploring business-school partnership opportunities.

“It’s important that this isn’t just a stand-alone event,” Funston said. “We want to grow and strengthen these types of partnerships to better prepare our students to succeed after graduation.”

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Posted: Monday, August 10, 2015 - 13:55