USD Starts New STREAM Teaching Collaboration with Jolley Elementary

Photo of Dean Donald Easton-Brooks with grade school student. School of Education Dean Donald Easton-Brooks works with students at Jolley Elementary's new STREAM Lab.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Eleven students from the University of South Dakota School of Education are learning techniques on teaching with technology in Jolley Elementary’s new STREAM Lab this semester.

“Research over the last decade has signaled that the knowledge teachers need to successfully teach with technology extends beyond just knowing how to use a technology. Teachers need to know how technologies can be used to support both the content being learned and the activities used in a lesson,” said Daniel Mourlam, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction at USD. “By making this shift in practice, USD is further enhancing the preparation of future teachers in the State of South Dakota and the region.”

The USD students enrolled in TET 200: Technology to Improve Learning course will receive hands-on experience working with third graders at Vermillion’s Jolley Elementary School eight different days over the semester. Each lesson will have a STEM/STREAM focus such as coding, robotics and fabrication.

"As a result of our partnership grant with the University of South Dakota School of Education, we are blazing the trail to share time and talent to support student learning at Jolley Elementary,” said Sue Galvin, principal at Jolley Elementary.

STREAM education, which stands for science, technology, reading and writing, engineering, arts, and mathematics, represents an experiential method of learning that encourages children to discover that curricular content is interconnected, meaningful and relevant to their daily lives. 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.

"We are so excited that a number of University of South Dakota students are engaging in this journey to teach our students and teachers STREAM strategies. I believe teaching and learning with our third grade students will be a highlight of their college experience,” Galvin said.


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