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As part of Pathways implementation, District 191 has reimagined the ways it serves students who have been identified as having higher academic or learning needs. 

Janet Gulden, Systems Improvement and Student Achievement coordinator, worked with a wider team over the summer of 2020 to develop the role of Advanced Learning Specialists, as well as to take steps toward greater inclusion in any gifted student programming

one91 virtual academy

Enrollment is now open for the new District 191 online school for the 2021-22 school year. Called One91 Virtual Academy, the school will follow the district’s unique Pathways model, supporting students in finding their passions and purpose so they are prepared for success throughout school and after graduation. 

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The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Board of Education approved the district’s plan for establishing a permanent online option for students – called One91 Virtual Academy – starting with the 2021-22 school year. The next step toward launching the school is state approval, which would come this spring. 

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At a Jan. 21 school board meeting, the Pathways steering team — led by Kathy Funston, Director of Strategic Partnerships & Pathways and Imina Oftedhal, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment — clarified implementation plans over the next three school years. 

one91 virtual academy

The lessons learned leading up to and during the COVID-19 pandemic have helped District 191 prepare to offer One91 Virtual Academy as a permanent online option for families.

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Ten schools in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 have been recognized for achieving Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Sustaining Exemplar status through the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE).

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A new literacy curriculum in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 elementary schools has shown signs of growth for the district’s youngest readers, with nine out of 10 schools surpassing the state average when it comes to student progress on state reading tests in 2019.

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The model - which we’re calling Pathways K-12 - builds on the work we are already doing in elementary schools. It also aligns with the Pathways model at Burnsville High School that helps students find their passions, understand how classes and careers fit together, and prepare for success after graduation. 

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District 191 announced two school leadership changes that will take place for the 2019-20 school year. Dr. Elizabeth Vaught, current principal at Neill Elementary, will be moving to William Byrne STEM Elementary, and current Byrne Principal Lyle Bomsta will be moving to Neill Elementary.

Making friends in Kindergarten

Kindergarten is such an exciting time for families and students, but it can also spark questions about how their student will make friends. Learn how kindergarten teachers in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 help students make friends from Stacey Harrold, kindergarten teacher at Harriet Bishop Elementary School.

Six books about friendship for Kindergarten families

Kindergarten teachers in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 do a lot in the first few weeks of school to help students make friends. One of the things that families can do at home to help their child is to read books that talk about friendship. To help families get started, Digital Learning Specialist and Elementary Media Coordinator Katie Salmela compiled six books about friendship for incoming kindergarten families.