BRAINTREE, MA (August 2018) – The Catholic Schools Office (CSO) has a proven reputation for aiding schools in uncovering and utilizing best practices and among these is teaching a STREAM (science, technology, religion, engineering, arts, and mathematics) curriculum. STREAM implements an interdisciplinary approach — with faith interwoven throughout — that prepares students for rigorous academics and future careers. Last week the CSO hosted STREAM professional development offerings for teachers. Designing Maker Spaces, Leading Innovation, and Traveling the World Through a Chromebook were just some of the options available at no cost to teachers.
Superintendent Kathy Mears commented, “We are committed to supporting our teachers in their continued professional growth. By offering no-cost workshops, we are able to give them the opportunity to learn about best practices and they can take that learning to share with the faculty at their schools.”
During one of the workshops, the CSO caught up with 2018 Excellence in Education Award Recipient Anne Krane. Krane, a pre-K teacher at Saint Columbkille Partnership School in Brighton, has participated in workshops about STREAM with the CSO and also through her school’s partnership with Boston College. “It can often be easy for teachers of students in upper grades to integrate innovation through project-based learning or technology in the classroom, but for early education teachers it isn’t as clear cut,” noted Krane.
The workshop that she attended focused on the idea that innovation is not just about the use of technology. Implementing design thinking and allowing for hands-on learning is also part of innovation. For example, pre-k students learning new vocabulary could touch and feel items that represent the words. Krane also praised the ability to come together with principals, specialist teachers, and other educators to collaborate.
Krane added, “The most meaningful part of the day was when we all shared our mission. When we go back to the mission of our schools, it becomes obvious that we all want the same things for our students. That’s what makes our schools different from the rest. We do everything with the mission in mind and create mission-minded students.”
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