WHAT IS THE STREAM EDUCATION INITIATIVE?
STREAM is the diocesan investment to support the future of Catholic education in WNY. The diocese has designed and will continue to help fund and implement the STREAM Education Initiative for those schools that apply and are accepted. Currently, 21 schools participate in the STREAM Education Initiative.
At this time, we are proud to announce that The Diocese of Buffalo’s Department of Education was recently
highlighted in the National Catholic Education Association’s Momentum Magazine as a leading “ best practice” model for STREAM Education.
STREAM INITIATIVE GOALS:
Reflect the diocesan commitment to academic excellence as outlined in “Faith in Tomorrow”
Update educational programming to reflect 21st century learning
Promote interdisciplinary, dynamic and relevant student learning
Increase investment in professional development and reinvigorate our teaching professionals
Emphasize collaboration within and among our diocesan schools utilizing STREAM Coordinators
WHAT IS STREAM?
STEM + Religion + the Arts = STREAM
IS STREAM EDUCATION LIKE STEM EDUCATION?
STREAM is the necessary evolution of STEM Education
Science +Technology + Religion + Engineering + the Arts + Mathematics = STREAM
STEM Education emphasizes the progression of interdisciplinary studies in the areas of Science,
Technology, Engineering, and Math; STREAM EDUCATION also incorporates the creativity and
expression of the Arts and our faith as integral components of a 21 st century Catholic education.
WHAT IS STREAM LIKE IN THE CLASSROOM?
Lessons, units, and community education programs are based on the eight STREAM principles which
promote a higher level of critical thinking and a deeper understanding of content materials
STREAM activities are hands-on; projects based, include engineering design, and have relevant application in the real world
It inspires teachers to include and develop 21 st century instructional strategies at every grade level
STREAM takes learning outside the traditional classroom experience through customized field trips and
dynamic, interactive outreach programming in collaboration with our professional community partners
STREAM is not a new curriculum, but rather a framework for impactful instruction and meaningful learning.