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By Cara Hansen
Marketing and Communications Director, Rosarian Academy

April 30, 2018, West Palm Beach, Florida – Rosarian Academy is partnering with Carnegie Science Center as the first Carnegie Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Excellence Pathway partner in Florida.  

“As we look to the future of Rosarian and set curricular objectives, I am thrilled that we are moving into a partnership with Carnegie Science Center,” said Linda Trethewey, Head of the Middle School and the incoming Head of School as of July 1. 

Top: Kindergarten students Annabelle Coleman and Olivia Logsdon participate in a Star Wars activity.  Bottom: Participating in an after-school Tech Club, fourth-graders Liam Stetson and Landon Ferguson use Lego EV3s to build a robot that folds T-shirts.

“Our goal is to infuse STEM into all areas of the curriculum at all grade levels,” Mrs. Trethewey explained. “To achieve this goal, we will meet with Science Center STEM experts to help us develop a tailored plan to strengthen our STEM curriculum.” 

Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway is designed to help schools adopt best practices in STEM education. The Pathway is a process of continuous improvement that provides guidance to schools on how best to address the challenge of strengthening their STEM programming. More than 1.5 million students in 4,600 schools or districts in 22 states and the District of Columbia participate in the program.  

Rosarian is working with Toni Stith, the STEM Professional Development Manager, Chevron Center for STEM Education and Career Development at Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Toni has worked with many schools across the country in assessing, planning for, and executing their STEM initiatives in tandem with the Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway.

Rosarian will first evaluate itself on 20 criteria pertinent to quality STEM education and then develop 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. 

Through Carnegie Science Center, Rosarian will provide intensive professional development sessions for teachers in June at the end of the school year and then in August before the start of the 2018-2019 year. The entire STEM professional development program has been funded by a generous gift from Palm Beach resident Estelle Curran, grandmother of Rosarian students Sophia, Serena, and Preston. 

This shared learning process and continuous curricular improvement is the school’s commitment to preparing its students for any career path in the 21st century. “We continue to fulfill our mission of educating the whole person for life and providing a foundation for life,” Mrs. Trethewey said.

Rosarian Academy, founded in 1925, educates students from early childhood through eighth grade. The independent, Catholic school, located in downtown West Palm Beach is sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. For more information, visit www.rosarian.org or call 561-345-3106. 

Feature photo: From left, students Niki Atteridge, Oliver Kerkoiran, Beau Kimler, and Sterling Nolff test the Rube Goldberg machine they built during their STEM Lab class at Rosarian Academy.


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