What is the St. Mary School STREAM Education Initiative?
STREAM is an expansion of STEM and is an acronym for Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics. It is an investment to support the future of Catholic education. St. Mary School is the pilot school for this initiative in the Archdiocese of Hartford.
As a Catholic school, it is our mission to educate the whole child. The STREAM initiative helps us do this by infusing Religion across all subjects. STREAM requires a constant flow of communication, collaboration and planning among all stakeholders. In 2016, we added Art and Music programs, taught by experienced educators, to provide students with the necessary creative thinking skills to succeed in a technological society.
What does STREAM look like at St. Mary School?
STREAM is NOT a new curriculum, but a framework for creative instruction. Students use technology to explore, process and learn. Learning is significantly more interactive and hands on under the STREAM initiative. A staple of STREAM is teaching one concept across a variety of subject areas.
For example, the seventh grade might be studying human rights. In Literature, they may be reading and reflecting on historical speeches. In Art they may participate in a poster contest promoting human rights and in History they could be learning about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other past and present influential figures. The STREAM initiative requires teachers to meet weekly to align their lesson plans.
There is a new STREAM theme each trimester at St. Mary School. The theme for the first trimester of the 2016-2017 school year is "Getting our Feet Wet." Our STREAM lessons will all have a focus on water. Our school slogan is "STREAM into the Future."