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Sioux Trail earns innovation award for focus on cultural proficiency

For its work to become a culturally proficient school, Sioux Trail Elementary School in Burnsville has been named a top award winner in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs’ Local Government Innovation Awards (LGIA).

Watch the Sioux Trail LGIA Award Video

Sioux Trail has been a pilot when it comes to cultural proficiency in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191. In its application for the award, the school noted that cultural proficiency is not a program or event. It’s a culture shift that involves developing self-awareness among staff and students. The entire school examines and reexamines the five elements of cultural competency — valuing diversity, assessing cultural knowledge, managing the dynamics of difference, adapting to diversity, and institutionalizing cultural knowledge — in order to create a learning environment that serves all students.

Sioux Trail students showed some of District 191’s largest achievement gains on state tests over the past year.

“The proposal you provided proved your project to be the top in innovation, impact and sustainable and evident potential for growth,” said a LGIA spokesperson. “We congratulate you and will be honored to highlight your project at our ceremony on Dec. 8 at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.”

The LGIA recognize the creative ways counties, cities, townships and schools are making Minnesota better and doing things differently. As the top entry in the schools category, Sioux Trail will be awarded a $5,000 grant from the Bush Foundation..

To learn more about cultural proficiency at Sioux Trail Elementary and in District 191, go to

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 09:54