What is the 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. Catholic Academy of Waterbury is one of three schools who have adopted 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. We have 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 Catholic Academy of Waterbury?
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 Catholic Academy of Waterbury. The theme for the first trimester of the 2018-2019 school year is "Community." Our STREAM lessons will all have a focus on community.