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.
Designed to help the widest possible range of school districts and schools adopt best practices in STEM education, the Pathway includes:
- A tool and process for assessing current STEM programming and creating a practical plan for improvement
- A guide to specific steps 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-assessment instrument, through which participating schools and school districts first evaluate themselves in six areas:
- Teacher Qualifications
- Instructional Practices
- Assessment and Demonstration of Skills
- Family Engagement
- Real-World Connections
Within each area are specific criteria and descriptions of levels of performance. After assessing themselves on each of these, a school or school district selects up to three areas to prioritize and then formulate a timeline and an action plan to address those goals. After that, the cycle continues with a new self-assessment and new plans.
To begin your journey on the Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway, contact: Alana Kulesa, Director of Strategic Education Initiatives 412.237.1679 or KulesaA@CarnegieScienceCenter.org
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