USD Celebrates Jolley Elementary STREAM Ribbon Cutting

Photo of Dean Donald Easton-Brooks with grade school student. USD School of Education Dean Donald Easton-Brooks interacts with students in new STREAM Lab.

VERMILLION, S.D. – University of South Dakota President James W. Abbott and School of Education Dean Donald Easton-Brooks joined South Dakota Lieutenant Governor Matt Michels for the official ribbon cutting ceremony of the new STREAM Teaching Lab at Vermillion’s Jolley Elementary School April 10.

STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading/Writing, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) education represents an experiential method of learning that encourages children to discover that curricular content is interconnected, meaningful and relevant to their existence.

Easton-Brooks was excited about the benefits of the STREAM Lab to the USD and Jolley Elementary partnership. “Thank you teachers for embracing the USD School of Education and Jolley Elementary School professional development partnership and allowing us to be part of this learning experience,” said Easton-Brooks.

The project was made possible by a grant that was awarded to Jolley Elementary totaling over $99,000 from the state of South Dakota’s Classroom Innovation Grant. USD School of Education students will study at the new lab to learn how to incorporate the learning model in their own future classrooms.


USD's School of Education is transformative in preparing students both inside and outside the classroom. Its research- and practitioner-based programs train future educators, counselors, leaders, fitness and sport-related professionals for successful careers. The school focuses on a comprehensive learning experience, lifelong learning and developing professionals grounded in best practice. The school’s divisions include counseling and psychology, curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, and kinesiology and sport management.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News