PITTSBURGH, Aug. 25, 2016 — Educators from around the country are convening at Carnegie Science Center this week to learn how to implement the Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway in their regions.  This is the first Pathway Provider Training Institute. Running through Friday, Aug. 26, the institute shows professionals how they can support schools in their communities using the Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway tool.

The result of a grassroots effort convened by Carnegie Science Center, the Pathway is a process of continuous improvement that provides guidance to diverse schools – both well-resourced and under-resourced – on how best to address the challenge of strengthening their STEM programming. Each school district (or individual school) first evaluates itself on 20 criteria pertinent to quality STEM education and then develops a tailored strategy to identify and address specific self-defined goals, which are reinforced throughout the students’ experiences in the classroom and during out-of-school time. These strategies may include teacher professional development, curriculum planning, modification of existing operational practices, incorporation of career awareness, and an overall culture shift as it pertains to STEM education.

Participants include the Kansas City STEM Alliance, representing Missouri and Kansas; the Missouri Math & Science Coalition; Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant, Michigan); the St. Louis Science Center; the Works Museum (Newark, Ohio); Da Vinci Science Center (Allentown, PA); Discovery Place Education Studio (Charlotte, NC), and the Intermediate Units of Delaware and Chester counties in Pennsylvania. Attendees have the opportunity to network and engage in best practices from their counterparts across the nation. 

“The Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway has spread rapidly across the United States, and as cultivators of STEM innovation, we want to support those who are interested in the Pathway and what it has to offer educators all throughout the country,” said Alana Kulesa, Director of Strategic Education Initiatives at Carnegie Science Center. 

To date, the Pathway has attracted more than 7,000 participating schools – or “Pathway Partners” – in 17 states and the District of Columbia, serving 3.9 million students. In Pennsylvania, there are 84 Pathway Partners. The Pathway is open to any school district in the nation with a drive to improve STEM education.

About Carnegie Science Center
Carnegie Science Center is dedicated to inspiring learning and curiosity by connecting science and technology with everyday life. By making science both relevant and fun, the Science Center’s goal is to increase science literacy in the region and motivate young people to seek careers in science and technology. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Science Center is Pittsburgh’s premier science exploration destination, reaching more than 700,000 people annually through its hands-on exhibits, camps, classes, and off-site education programs.

About Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Founded by Andrew Carnegie 120 years ago, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a collection of four distinctive museums dedicated to exploration through art and science: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. The museums reach more than 1.3 million people a year through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities, and special events.