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. 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 evaluating 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 an instrument through which participating schools and school districts first evaluate themselves in six areas:

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

Action Planning

Within each area are specific criteria and descriptions of levels of performance. After evaluating itself on each of these, a school or school district selects up to three Priority Areas and then formulates a timeline and an Action Plan to address these goals. After that, the cycle continues with a new Self-Evaluation and new Action Plan.


Through periodic re-evaluation 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.

Steps to Becoming a Pathway Partner

STEP 1:  Review the Carnegie STEM Pathway Information Booklet

STEP 2:  Choose your Project Champion and STEM Leadership Team.

STEP 3:  Complete the Carnegie STEM Pathway Interest form

STEP 4:  Watch for an email containing official registration information.


For more information, contact Ed Gooch, IU13 Curriculum & Instruction Consultant for STEM, at 

Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway is provided by Lancaster-Lebanon IU13 in collaboration with Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh.