Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway initiative is built on the belief that school systems, individual schools, departments, or teachers can improve their STEM education practices through a positive, collaborative approach.
The Center for Excellence in STEM Education staff has been trained to facilitate the use of the Carnegie STEM Pathway with schools. Central Michigan University is currently the sole pathway provider in Michigan.
Designed to help schools adopt best practices
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
- 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. Schools and districts evaluate themselves in six priority 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 assess themselves in each area, schools or district select up to three areas as priorities.
They then formulate an action plan and timeline to address their selected priority areas.
Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway fosters thinking about long-term strategic goals with a focus on continuous growth. It helps identify tenets of quality STEM Education and then implement them. The Pathway is not punitive. Instead it is envisioned as a long-term, goal-oriented, encouraging approach.
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Contact the Center for Excellence in STEM Education at
firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the Pathway and how your school can become involved.
The Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway is made possible through the generous support of the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.