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Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway®

Planning for STEM Excellence

The Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway® initiative is built on the belief that school systems, individual schools, departments, or individual teachers can improve their STEM education practices through a positive, collaborative approach. The Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway has been awarded the 2015 Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award for Business Practice from the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), an international organization of more than 600 science centers and museums dedicated to encouraging public engagement with science among diverse audiences. We offer workshops and other professional development opportunities to help schools and districts begin and implement their pathways.

Find out more about Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway®.

Designed to help the widest possible range of school districts and schools adopt best practices in STEM education, the Pathway includes:

  • A process and tools for assessing current STEM programming and creating a practical plan for improvement
  • A guide to develop specific steps that a school or district can take to improve STEM education
  • Supports for teacher professional development and district-to-district mentoring
  • Recognition for schools that are embracing and moving toward effective STEM education

One facet of the Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway® is a Self-Evaluation Rubric, through which participating schools and school districts first evaluate themselves in six STEM learning components:

  • Teacher Qualifications and Development
  • Curriculum
  • Instructional Practices
  • Assessment and Demonstration of Skills
  • Family Engagement
  • Real-World Connections

Within each component, there are Priority Areas with specific criteria and descriptions for levels of performance. After rating themselves on each of these, the school or district selects up to three Priority Areas and then formulates a realistic Action Plan in those areas.

Through periodic reassessment and repetition of this process, schools and districts can progress to higher levels of STEM education excellence. This cycle is beneficial to all regardless of their current STEM offerings. The Pathway fosters thinking about long-term, strategic goals with a focus on continuous growth. It helps identify the tenets of quality STEM education and then implement them. The Pathway is non-punitive. Instead, it’s envisioned as a long-term, goal-oriented, encouraging approach. Learn first-hand through testimonials about how the Pathway is making an impact on schools across the country.

The Self-Evaulation Rubric is available through STEMisphere®, created by Carnegie Science Center as a community service to provide a portal to educational STEM resources for students in pre-K through 12th grade across the region.

Interested in becoming a Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway® Provider? We offer Pathway Provider Training Institutes to STEM education intermediaries that support schools in other communities beyond southwestern PA. Find more information about our upcoming Pathway Provider Training Institute May 8-9, 2018.

To begin your journey on the Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway®, contact: Toni Stith, STEM Professional Development Coordinator, 412.237.1616 or email Toni Stith.

The Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway® is made possible through the generous support of The Heinz Endowments.



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