Officials from Chaminade Julienne were invited to present the school’s CJ STEMM program as a model for fellow private and parochial schools at the National Catholic Educational Association’s (NCEA) inaugural New Directions STREAM Symposium this summer.
The three day conference, hosted on the campus of the University of Dayton in late June, brought educators from all over the United States together to discuss ways of effectively incorporating religion and the arts into existing STEM curricular programs.
“I loved the STREAM conference,” said Mr. David Bogle (pictured top), principal at St. Charles Borromeo School in Kettering. “It was a great way for Catholic schools to come together and investigate how we can integrate our faith into science, technology, engineering and math.”
By adding a couple of letters to the popular acronym, the STREAM initiative, sponsored by the NCEA, is intended to support a more holistic approach to traditional STEM education. STREAM further emphasizes correlations between academics and issues of morality, social justice and spirituality while preparing students to pursue high demand college and career opportunities.
On June 23, CJ staff members John Marshall, principal, Meg Draeger, STEMM coordinator, and Steve Fuchs, director of the academic office and registrar, presented, “Where Do We Begin? The People, Programs, Place, and Partnerships of a STEM Program,” during one of four breakout sessions. The presentation outlined the progression of the school’s flagship CJ STEMM (with an extra ‘M’ for medicine) program -- first initiated for the 2008-09 school year.
That evening, the more than 200 conference attendees were invited onto campus to tour the award-winning CJ STEMM Center, which opened in August for the 2013-14 school year. Educators were free to enjoy a dessert reception, explore the new 17,700 sq. ft. facility, and speak with CJ students, faculty and staff.
“I think the facility is well-designed and well put-together. A lot of thought went into the interactions between students, teachers and staff,” Mr. Bogle said.
Representatives from Shook Construction and Pinnacle Architects, the Dayton-based companies that teamed up to design and complete the nearly $4 million renovation, were also on hand to greet guests. Pinnacle won the 2013 Dayton Builders Exchange Architectural Award for their work on the project.