May 19 2019

Burlington Schools Receive $50,000 Innovation Pathways Grant


Thanks to a grant Burlington students will have more opportunities to connect with local businesses to further their education and garner some hands-on experience.


Burlington Public Schools was recently notified that it has received a $50,000 Innovation Pathways Grant for the 2019/2020 School Year.  


A letter from Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Jeff Riley informed Superintendent Eric Conti of this news.


“We are confident that your district’s new Innovation Pathway will offer students a transformative experience, enabling them to develop essential skills, gain awareness of future career opportunities, and make more informed choices about post-secondary education in promising fields,” Riley wrote.


According to Burlington Public School’s blog, Innovation Pathways were launched in 2017 and are designed to create strong partnerships with employers in order to expose students to career options and help them develop knowledge and skills related to their chosen field of study before they graduate high school. Innovation Pathways are designed to give students coursework and experience in a specific high-demand industry, such as information technology, engineering, healthcare, life sciences and advanced manufacturing.


Schools that applied for designation for an Innovation Pathways Grant were required to follow five design principles:

1. Equitable access for all students.

2. Guided academic pathway, which, in the case of Innovation Pathways, must relate to one of five specified broad industry sectors.

3. Enhanced student supports.

4. Relevant connections to career.

5. Deep partnerships between high schools and employers or workforce development boards


“Burlington High School joins 16 schools across the state who have received Innovation Pathways Grants in the last two years,” the blog says. “The completion of this grant requires a dedicated effort from a team. Burlington High School would not be the recipient of this award without the tremendous leadership of Computer Science teacher, Shereen Tyrell, and other members of the BHS and district staff.”


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