Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathways Model™

The Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathways Model™ is a strategic planning process developed by Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburg, PA to assist school systems, individual schools, departments and individual teachers improve their STEM education practices through a positive, collaborative approach.  The Missouri Mathematics and Science Coalition is the state lead for model delivery with the KC STEM Alliance and St. Louis Science Center providing regional support in the major metros.

Missouri was the second in the nation to take the model statewide, engaging over 150 school districts and independent and charter schools and enabling them to address STEM integration gaps.


  • A rubric tool and process for assessing current STEM programming and creating a practical improvement plan
  • Recognition for schools progressing in effective STEM education
  • A guide to specific steps a school/district can take to improve STEM education
  • Support for teacher professional development and district-to-district mentoring



  • Teacher qualifications
  • Curriculum
  • Instructional practices
  • Assessment and demonstration of skills
  • Family engagement
  • Real-world connections

After assessing themselves on each area, schools/districts select up to three areas to prioritize and formulate a timeline and action plan to address those goals. After that, the cycle continues with new self-assessments and plans.


  • 14 regional workshops conducted
  • Over 150 schools/districts involved
  • Over 1,800 education professionals participated or were directly impacted
  • Reached nearly 441,000 students across grade levels K-12


  • Five schools in Northwest Missouri adopted Project Lead the Way K-5 Launch programs
  • Kansas City area schools developed more integrated curriculum and project based learning
  • Louis schools participated in 8 in-depth follow-up STEM Leadership Series Workshops
  • Expanded support with St. Louis Science Center providing direct cohort support to St. Louis Schools
  • Stronger relationships across the state’s STEM network, allowing greater best practice sharing


  • Conduct 6 regional workshops in the 2017-2018 school year
  • Scale out the STEM Leadership Series in 3-4 target regions of the state
  • Build regional networks for best practice sharing
  • Provide enhanced technical support to existing pathway schools/districts

For more information about the Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathways Model™, contact Brian Crouse, Vice President of the Missouri Chamber Foundation, at 573-634-3511 or