Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 is one of six districts to receive a computer science grant from the Minnesota Department of Education totaling nearly $80,000, with the potential to receive an additional two years of funding for a total of over $200,000 of support.
The Universal Plus: A Two-Step Process for Equitably Identifying Computer Talent Competitive Grant is intended to:
Focus on students in first and second grade and is intended to increase student interest in and positive attitude towards their learning in general and computer science in particular,
Identify greater numbers of students as gifted, particularly in computer science,
Increase the number of students who are limited English proficient, twice-exceptional, or are from a traditionally underrepresented racial/ethnic group, or gender identified as gifted, particularly in computer science,
Help teachers demonstrate a greater awareness of gifted student characteristics and effective instructional best practices.
The funding will support the district-wide “Pathways” model, which at the elementary level is designed to spark a sense of excitement and creativity as students’ learning journeys progress.
District 191 is the only Twin Cities-area school district to receive this grant.
Since June 2020, District 191 has received nearly $112,000 in grant funding from our business and community partnerships, with additional funding in progress.
The Minnesota Department of Education makes this funding available to Minnesota local educational agencies and charter schools. Learn more at education.mn.gov.
Learn more about Pathways in District 191 at www.isd191.org/pathways.