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  • March 29th, 2017

    Airdate: March 29, 2017

    This week on Education Counts_Michiana, we visit the Project SEARCH program in St. Joseph, Michigan, learn about the magnet program at John Adams High School in South Bend, and more.

    This week on Education Counts_Michiana, we visit the Project SEARCH program in St. Joseph, Michigan, learn about the magnet program at John Adams High School in South Bend, and more.

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    • Ruby Brower Inspires Locals to Overcome Barriers and Pursue Success

      Ruby Brower overcame struggles in life and achieved success. Now she helps others who are "sick and tired of being sick and tired."

      Ruby Brower overcame struggles in life and achieved success. Now she helps others who are "sick and tired of being sick and tired."

      • Ruby Brower

        Ruby Brower is the director and founder of Angel Bridge Life and Enterprise

        Ruby Brower is the director and founder of Angel Bridge Life and Enterprise

      • Tracey Jacobs

        Tracey Jacobs is a client at Angel Bridge Life and Enterprise

        Tracey Jacobs is a client at Angel Bridge Life and Enterprise

      • Georgie Banner III

        Georgie Banner III is a client at Angel Bridge Life and Enterprise

        Georgie Banner III is a client at Angel Bridge Life and Enterprise

    • Dr. David Moss

      Dr. David Moss is the Director of African-American Student and Parental Services at the South Bend Community School Corporation. Reporter, Monica Murphy, sat down with him to discuss his many initiati... (Show More)

      Dr. David Moss is the Director of African-American Student and Parental Services at the South Bend Community School Corporation. Reporter, Monica Murphy, sat down with him to discuss his many initiatives.

      • David Moss, Ph.D.

        Dr. Moss’s initiatives include implementing programs offered to students and parents, finding ways... (Show More)

        Dr. Moss’s initiatives include implementing programs offered to students and parents, finding ways to stimulate more communication, and offering professional development for teachers. Reporter, Monica Murphy, sits down with him to discuss more.

  • March 22nd, 2017

    Airdate: March 22, 2017

    This week we speak with Mayor Pete Buttigieg as well as, the South Bend Youth Task Force and attend the Head Start sign up fair in South Bend. We also attend a surprise celebration at Walt Disney Elem... (Show More)

    This week we speak with Mayor Pete Buttigieg as well as, the South Bend Youth Task Force and attend the Head Start sign up fair in South Bend. We also attend a surprise celebration at Walt Disney Elementary School in Mishawaka and visit the youth art exhibit at the Midwest Museum of American Art in Elkhart.

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    • The South Bend Task Force

      The South Bend Youth Task Force brings youth together to solve problems such as youth violence in our community. We sit down with Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Cherri Peate, and students to learn about this i... (Show More)

      The South Bend Youth Task Force brings youth together to solve problems such as youth violence in our community. We sit down with Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Cherri Peate, and students to learn about this initiative.

      • The South Bend Task Force

        The South Bend Youth Task Force brings youth together to solve problems such as youth violence in ou... (Show More)

        The South Bend Youth Task Force brings youth together to solve problems such as youth violence in our community. We sit down with Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Cherri Peate, and students to learn about this initiative.

      • The South Bend Task Force 2

        The South Bend Youth Task Force brings youth together to solve problems such as youth violence in ou... (Show More)

        The South Bend Youth Task Force brings youth together to solve problems such as youth violence in our community. We sit down with Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Cherri Peate, and students to learn about this initiative.

      • Mayor Pete Buttigieg

        Mayor Pete Buttigieg talks to reporter, Monica Murphy, about the South Bend Youth Task Force and sha... (Show More)

        Mayor Pete Buttigieg talks to reporter, Monica Murphy, about the South Bend Youth Task Force and shares why it's important to have young people engage in conversation and city government.

      • Cherri Peate

        Cherri Peate, who serves as the Director of Community Outreach for the office of Mayor Pete Buttigie... (Show More)

        Cherri Peate, who serves as the Director of Community Outreach for the office of Mayor Pete Buttigieg, says that we cannot serve youth properly if their voices are not present in the conversation.

    • Youth Art Exhibit in Midwest Museum of American Art

      At the Midwest Museum of American Art, Elkhart Central High School teacher, Kelly Harrington spoke about her students' artwork featured in the Youth Art Exhibit

      At the Midwest Museum of American Art, Elkhart Central High School teacher, Kelly Harrington spoke about her students' artwork featured in the Youth Art Exhibit

      • Youth Task Force

        The South Bend Youth Task Force brings youth together to solve problems such as youth violence in ou... (Show More)

        The South Bend Youth Task Force brings youth together to solve problems such as youth violence in our community. We sit down with Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Cherri Peate, and students to learn about this initiative.

    • Head Start Organizes Sign-Up Fair for St. Joseph and Elkhart Counties

      The Head Start chapter serving St. Joseph and Elkhart county residents host a sign-up fair for parents interested in early childhood education.

      The Head Start chapter serving St. Joseph and Elkhart county residents host a sign-up fair for parents interested in early childhood education.

      • Head Start Organizes Sign-Up Fair for St. Joseph and Elkhart Counties

        The Head Start chapter serving St. Joseph and Elkhart county residents host a sign-up fair for paren... (Show More)

        The Head Start chapter serving St. Joseph and Elkhart county residents host a sign-up fair for parents interested in early childhood education.

      • Shanaye Stewart

        Shanaye Stewart is a mother of three children. One of her sons was with Headstart, and she is signin... (Show More)

        Shanaye Stewart is a mother of three children. One of her sons was with Headstart, and she is signing up her baby daughter for Head Start.

      • Jennie Joyce

        Jennie Joyce is the director of Bright Beginnings and Kaleidoscope, SBCSC's before-school and after-... (Show More)

        Jennie Joyce is the director of Bright Beginnings and Kaleidoscope, SBCSC's before-school and after-school care programs, respectively.

      • Tavon and Contresse Harris

        Tavon and Contresse Harris are parents who attended the sign-up fair with their children.

        Tavon and Contresse Harris are parents who attended the sign-up fair with their children.

      • Emily Rupchock

        Emily Rupchock is with Ready to Grow, St. Joe.

        Emily Rupchock is with Ready to Grow, St. Joe.

  • March 15th, 2017

    Airdate: March 15, 2017

    This week we continue to explore Montessori education at Good Shepherd Montessori School. We also visit Hannah and Friends, as well as Angel Bridge Life and Enterprise in South Bend, and we speak with... (Show More)

    This week we continue to explore Montessori education at Good Shepherd Montessori School. We also visit Hannah and Friends, as well as Angel Bridge Life and Enterprise in South Bend, and we speak with students at Bethany Christian Schools about their upcoming speech competition.

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    • Good Shepherd Montessori School

      This week we continue to explore Montessori education at Good Shepherd Montessori School.

      This week we continue to explore Montessori education at Good Shepherd Montessori School.

      • Dan Driscoll

        Dan Driscoll is Head of School at Good Shepherd Montessori School.

        Dan Driscoll is Head of School at Good Shepherd Montessori School.

      • Eileen Mariani

        Eileen Mariani is a teacher at Good Shepherd Montessori School.

        Eileen Mariani is a teacher at Good Shepherd Montessori School.

      • Reid Metoyer

        Reid Metoyer is a student at Good Shepherd Montessori School.

        Reid Metoyer is a student at Good Shepherd Montessori School.

      • Heather Bokon

        Heather Bokon is a receptionist at Good Shepherd Montessori School.

        Heather Bokon is a receptionist at Good Shepherd Montessori School.

      • Louisa Nagy

        Louisa Nagy is a student at Good Shepherd Montessori School.

        Louisa Nagy is a student at Good Shepherd Montessori School.

    • Hannah & Friends

      Hannah & Friends offers many programs for those with different abilities, but they also offer educational programs for individuals once they turn 22. They believe that everybody deserves the right to ... (Show More)

      Hannah & Friends offers many programs for those with different abilities, but they also offer educational programs for individuals once they turn 22. They believe that everybody deserves the right to dignity and happiness. Tiffani Amberg is the spokesperson for Hannah & Friends and she shares more.

      • Kayle Sexton

        Kayle Sexton explains the mission and programs offered at Hannah & Friends.

        Kayle Sexton explains the mission and programs offered at Hannah & Friends.

      • Scott Siedelberg

        Scott's smile and warmth brightens a room. He plays a huge role at Hannah & Friends and is "in charg... (Show More)

        Scott's smile and warmth brightens a room. He plays a huge role at Hannah & Friends and is "in charge" of keeping the barn clean. He takes great pride in his work ethic..

      • Matt Coleman

        Matt Coleman shares some of his responsibilities at Hannah & Friends. His passion and love for other... (Show More)

        Matt Coleman shares some of his responsibilities at Hannah & Friends. His passion and love for others will warm your heart!

      • Tiffani Amberg

        Individuals at Hannah & Friends in South Bend, Indiana, learn life skills to help them succeed and g... (Show More)

        Individuals at Hannah & Friends in South Bend, Indiana, learn life skills to help them succeed and gain independence. Tiffani, spokesperson for Hannah & Friends, shares more.

  • March 8th, 2017

    Airdate: March 8, 2017

    This week we visit Marquette Primary Montessori Academy and speak to staff at Bridges Out of Poverty in South Bend. We also talk to a veteran military medic studying nursing at IU South Bend and hear ... (Show More)

    This week we visit Marquette Primary Montessori Academy and speak to staff at Bridges Out of Poverty in South Bend. We also talk to a veteran military medic studying nursing at IU South Bend and hear from our reporters, Monica Murphy and Karishma Desai, about their passion for education and the show.

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    • Marquette Primary Montesorri Academy

      Marquette Primary Montesorri Academy

      Marquette Primary Montesorri Academy

      • Carrie Meeks

        Carrie Meeks is the Montessori facilitator for Marquette Primary Montessori Academy.

        Carrie Meeks is the Montessori facilitator for Marquette Primary Montessori Academy.

      • Kurren Strunk

        Kurren Strunk is a lower elementary teacher at Marquette Primary Montessori Academy.

        Kurren Strunk is a lower elementary teacher at Marquette Primary Montessori Academy.

      • Deb Cyrier

        Deb Cyrier is the principal of Marquette Primary Montessori Academy.

        Deb Cyrier is the principal of Marquette Primary Montessori Academy.

      • Lisa Vukmirovich

        Lisa Vukmirovich is an early childhood education teacher at Marquette Primary Montessori Academy.

        Lisa Vukmirovich is an early childhood education teacher at Marquette Primary Montessori Academy.

    • IU-South Bend Veteran Medic Speaks on Nursing

      Veteran medic Kip Borkholder hosts a lecture on his experiences in the battlefield and why he is now studying nursing.

      Veteran medic Kip Borkholder hosts a lecture on his experiences in the battlefield and why he is now studying nursing.

      • Kip Borkholder

        Kip Borkholder is a veteran military medic studying nursing at IU South Bend.

        Kip Borkholder is a veteran military medic studying nursing at IU South Bend.

    • St. Joseph County Bridges Out of Poverty

      Staff at Bridges Out of Poverty in South Bend speak to reporter, Monica Murphy, about the multi-faceted issues surrounding poverty. Some also share their personal testimonies and the kind of mindset i... (Show More)

      Staff at Bridges Out of Poverty in South Bend speak to reporter, Monica Murphy, about the multi-faceted issues surrounding poverty. Some also share their personal testimonies and the kind of mindset it takes to push forward.

      • Diana Gore

        Diana Gore is a lifelong learner! She shares her educational journey and the kind of approach we nee... (Show More)

        Diana Gore is a lifelong learner! She shares her educational journey and the kind of approach we need to take when helping youth in poverty.

      • Dorrine Henderson

        Dorrine Henderson moved to South Bend in 2007. After spending her life caring for others, she decide... (Show More)

        Dorrine Henderson moved to South Bend in 2007. After spending her life caring for others, she decided to go back to school, and registered for classes at Ivy Tech Community College. While there, she heard about the Getting Ahead class offered at Bridges Out of Poverty. The Getting Ahead curriculum puts tools in the hands of people in poverty to make a difference in their own lives.

      • LeRoy King

        LeRoy King says that poverty impacts all of us. In order to understand poverty, and its impact on ed... (Show More)

        LeRoy King says that poverty impacts all of us. In order to understand poverty, and its impact on education, we need to view the world from many different perspectives.

  • March 1st, 2017

    Airdate: March 1, 2017

    This week we visit a preschool program at the Niles-Buchanan YMCA, and attend a firefighter graduation in South Bend. We also talk with student veterans at IU South Bend and highlight one teacher who ... (Show More)

    This week we visit a preschool program at the Niles-Buchanan YMCA, and attend a firefighter graduation in South Bend. We also talk with student veterans at IU South Bend and highlight one teacher who is making a difference in our community.

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    • Highlighting Teacher

      Mrs. McKew has been teaching at Saint Joseph High School for nine years. Students say that her "kindness and warmth" makes all the difference.

      Mrs. McKew has been teaching at Saint Joseph High School for nine years. Students say that her "kindness and warmth" makes all the difference.

      • Lexi Goy

        Lexi Goy says that Mrs. McKew always has a smile on her face and will leave a profound legacy.

        Lexi Goy says that Mrs. McKew always has a smile on her face and will leave a profound legacy.

      • Braden Kaniewski

        Braden is a freshman at Saint Joe and shares how Mrs. McKew has made this transition comforting.

        Braden is a freshman at Saint Joe and shares how Mrs. McKew has made this transition comforting.

      • Marguerite Jay

        Marguerite speaks about the impact that Mrs. McKew has had on her success.

        Marguerite speaks about the impact that Mrs. McKew has had on her success.

      • Jeanette McKew

        Many students say that teacher, Jeanette McKew, radiates human kindness and is a positive role model... (Show More)

        Many students say that teacher, Jeanette McKew, radiates human kindness and is a positive role model. We highlight teachers in our community who are making a difference in the lives of students.

      • Grace Horan

        Grace Horan shares how Mrs. McKew has impacted her life.

        Grace Horan shares how Mrs. McKew has impacted her life.

      • Jack Thomas

        Jack Thomas says that Mrs. McKew is "profound." He also says that her kindness and selflessness impa... (Show More)

        Jack Thomas says that Mrs. McKew is "profound." He also says that her kindness and selflessness impacts students.

    • Firefighter Graduation

      We attended the South Bend Fire Recruit Graduation. One of the officers shared that the learning process never ends.

      We attended the South Bend Fire Recruit Graduation. One of the officers shared that the learning process never ends.

      • Dwayne Brown

        Dwayne Brown wanted to use his potential in a different way. He shares his experience becoming a fir... (Show More)

        Dwayne Brown wanted to use his potential in a different way. He shares his experience becoming a firefighter.

      • Andrew Zwierzynski

        Andrew Zwierzynski wanted to continue the family legacy. He shares the rewards of this profession.

        Andrew Zwierzynski wanted to continue the family legacy. He shares the rewards of this profession.

      • John Corthier

        Assistant Chief, John Corthier, talks to us about the firefighter graduation and what it takes to be... (Show More)

        Assistant Chief, John Corthier, talks to us about the firefighter graduation and what it takes to become a firefighter.

      • Tom McGrath

        Tom McGrath wanted to become a police officer, but his plans changed. He shares more with reporter, ... (Show More)

        Tom McGrath wanted to become a police officer, but his plans changed. He shares more with reporter, Monica Murphy.

    • Student Veterans

      Veterans at IU South Bend share more about their college experience after serving aboard. Thank you for your service!

      Veterans at IU South Bend share more about their college experience after serving aboard. Thank you for your service!

      • Jennifer Kapiszka

        Jennifer Kapiszka shares about her experience in the military and why she decided to pursue college.

        Jennifer Kapiszka shares about her experience in the military and why she decided to pursue college.

      • Zachary Quiett

        Zachary Quiett advocated for veteran services on campus. His leadership has impacted many student ve... (Show More)

        Zachary Quiett advocated for veteran services on campus. His leadership has impacted many student veterans.

      • Steven Vergonet

        Steven Vergonet speaks candidly about his experience serving and why he decided to pursue college.

        Steven Vergonet speaks candidly about his experience serving and why he decided to pursue college.

  • February 22nd, 2017

    Airdate: February 22, 2017

    This week we visit Marshall Intermediate Center and Robinson Community Learning Center in South Bend for celebrations. We also stop by Coquillard Traditional School to check out the Jump Rope for Hear... (Show More)

    This week we visit Marshall Intermediate Center and Robinson Community Learning Center in South Bend for celebrations. We also stop by Coquillard Traditional School to check out the Jump Rope for Heart event, and IU South Bend to learn about veterans and the college process.

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    • Marshall Intermediate Center

      Students put on a program to celebrate Black History Month. They talk to us about their experience and what education means to them.

      Students put on a program to celebrate Black History Month. They talk to us about their experience and what education means to them.

      • Marinda Houston-Gadson

        Marinda Houston-Gadson had a vision and ran with it. She discusses the celebration program and stude... (Show More)

        Marinda Houston-Gadson had a vision and ran with it. She discusses the celebration program and students' involvement in it.

      • Jameel Perry

        Jameel participated in the celebration program to honor Black History Month. He discusses his role a... (Show More)

        Jameel participated in the celebration program to honor Black History Month. He discusses his role and the process.

      • Nathan Fullmer

        Nathan's involvement in the program enhanced his knowledge of black history.

        Nathan's involvement in the program enhanced his knowledge of black history.

      • Cenisha Sanders

        Cenisha Sanders shares profound words about Black History Month and her involvement in the program.

        Cenisha Sanders shares profound words about Black History Month and her involvement in the program.

    • Robinson Community Learning Center

      Students around the area have an opportunity to expand their education, creativity, and confidence at the Robinson Community Learning Center. They celebrate their sixteen anniversary.

      Students around the area have an opportunity to expand their education, creativity, and confidence at the Robinson Community Learning Center. They celebrate their sixteen anniversary.

      • Nancy Tom

        Nancy Tom talks to us about her experience at the Robinson Community Learning Center.

        Nancy Tom talks to us about her experience at the Robinson Community Learning Center.

      • Margaret Gathesna

        Margaret will be graduating this spring. She says that the Robinson Community Learning Center has ch... (Show More)

        Margaret will be graduating this spring. She says that the Robinson Community Learning Center has changed her life. It's feels like "home" she says!

      • Joann Tom

        Joann says that her involvement in the Robinson Community Learning Center has allowed her to develop... (Show More)

        Joann says that her involvement in the Robinson Community Learning Center has allowed her to develop a personality.

      • Christy Burgess

        Christy Burgess is passionate about serving students. She shares the history of the Center and the p... (Show More)

        Christy Burgess is passionate about serving students. She shares the history of the Center and the programs they offer.

    • Jump Rope for Heart

      Students participate in the Jump Rope for Heart event and reflect on the importance of serving.

      Students participate in the Jump Rope for Heart event and reflect on the importance of serving.

      • Lanie Brittain

        Lanie Brittain shares her experience and involvement in the Jump Rope for Heart event. She loves the... (Show More)

        Lanie Brittain shares her experience and involvement in the Jump Rope for Heart event. She loves the prizes!

      • Gabriel Weber

        Gabriel Weber tells us about Jump Rope for Heart.

        Gabriel Weber tells us about Jump Rope for Heart.

      • Cooper Harradon

        Cooper Harradon raised money for Jump Rope for Heart and shares his involvement. This is his third y... (Show More)

        Cooper Harradon raised money for Jump Rope for Heart and shares his involvement. This is his third year participating in the program.

      • Connie Benson

        Connie Benson talks to us about Jump Rope for Heart, the prizes offered, and student involvement.

        Connie Benson talks to us about Jump Rope for Heart, the prizes offered, and student involvement.

      • Lady Panthers

        The Lady Panthers participated in the Jump Rope for Heart event. They believe that giving back and b... (Show More)

        The Lady Panthers participated in the Jump Rope for Heart event. They believe that giving back and being a role model is important.

    • Veterans Returning to College

      We speak with Rhiannon Carlson, veterans counselor and program coordinator at IU South Bend, about the extensive research she has done on veterans and how they navigate the college process.

      We speak with Rhiannon Carlson, veterans counselor and program coordinator at IU South Bend, about the extensive research she has done on veterans and how they navigate the college process.

      • Rhiannon Carlson

        Rhiannon shares about veterans and the college process. She has done extensive research on this topi... (Show More)

        Rhiannon shares about veterans and the college process. She has done extensive research on this topic.

  • February 15th, 2017

    Airdate: February 15, 2017

    This week we visit The Crossing in Elkhart and talk with educators, students, and its founder, Rob Staley, who believes that “students regain hope when they belong to something that matters.” We a... (Show More)

    This week we visit The Crossing in Elkhart and talk with educators, students, and its founder, Rob Staley, who believes that “students regain hope when they belong to something that matters.” We also highlight a teacher in South Bend who is making a difference in the lives of students, and speak with two sisters about their choice to homeschool.

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    • Recognition of Teacher

      We think it's important to highlight teachers in our community who are making a difference in the lives of students. Kathy Kennedy has been teaching at Washington High School for twenty years. She has... (Show More)

      We think it's important to highlight teachers in our community who are making a difference in the lives of students. Kathy Kennedy has been teaching at Washington High School for twenty years. She has served students in the special education department for years and her impact has been extraordinary! For more information visit: http://www.doe.in.gov/toy and http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-5683_13651_38018---,00.html Help recognize an Excellent Michiana Teacher: educationcount@wnit.org

      • Greg Werner

        Greg Werner shares that Kathy Kennedy has been dynamic in her approach to educating students.

        Greg Werner shares that Kathy Kennedy has been dynamic in her approach to educating students.

      • Theresa Thomas

        Theresa Thomas talks with reporter, Monica Murphy, about homeschooling her nine children.

        Theresa Thomas talks with reporter, Monica Murphy, about homeschooling her nine children.

      • Chad Johnston

        Chad Johnston speaks about Kathy Kennedy's leadership and impact.

        Chad Johnston speaks about Kathy Kennedy's leadership and impact.

      • Kathy Kennedy

        Colleagues and students say that Kathy Kennedy, a teacher at Washington High School, goes above and ... (Show More)

        Colleagues and students say that Kathy Kennedy, a teacher at Washington High School, goes above and beyond. We learn more about her work and experience teaching students.

  • February 8th, 2017

    Airdate: February 8, 2017

    Many educators and organizations help prepare students for career readiness and success. This week we meet author and expert, Hans Meeder, at a luncheon in South Bend, Indiana. We also visit the VEX R... (Show More)

    Many educators and organizations help prepare students for career readiness and success. This week we meet author and expert, Hans Meeder, at a luncheon in South Bend, Indiana. We also visit the VEX Robotics Tournament at Plymouth High School, and the Dekko Foundation in Kendallville, Indiana.

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    • Hans Meeder

      We met author and expert, Hans Meeder, at a luncheon in South Bend, Indiana. He talked to us about his research on pathways for career and life success. For more information visit the National Cen... (Show More)

      We met author and expert, Hans Meeder, at a luncheon in South Bend, Indiana. He talked to us about his research on pathways for career and life success. For more information visit the National Center for College and Career Transitions at http://nc3t.com Also check out The Power and Promise of Pathways by Hans Meeder at https://www.amazon.com/Power-Promise-Pathways-Hans-Meeder/dp/0996980334

      • Hans Meeder

        We met author and expert, Hans Meeder, at a luncheon in South Bend, Indiana. He talked to us about h... (Show More)

        We met author and expert, Hans Meeder, at a luncheon in South Bend, Indiana. He talked to us about his research on pathways for career and life success.

  • February 1st, 2017

    Airdate: February 1, 2017

    Schools across the country are celebrating National School Choice Week. We stopped by Xavier School of Excellence in South Bend, Indiana, and the University of Notre Dame to learn more about school ch... (Show More)

    Schools across the country are celebrating National School Choice Week. We stopped by Xavier School of Excellence in South Bend, Indiana, and the University of Notre Dame to learn more about school choice and education policy. We also revisited ETHOS Science Center in Elkhart, Indiana, to check out programs offered to students.

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    • Xavier School of Excellence

      Xavier School of Excellence, in South Bend, Indiana, is a special place. Students come to school excited and ready to learn. Educators talk about school choice, student success, and how they handle ob... (Show More)

      Xavier School of Excellence, in South Bend, Indiana, is a special place. Students come to school excited and ready to learn. Educators talk about school choice, student success, and how they handle obstacles. For more information visit: http://www.xavierschool.org

      • Lindsey Walsh

        Lindsey Walsh loves teaching! She is able to customize her curriculum to meet students where they ar... (Show More)

        Lindsey Walsh loves teaching! She is able to customize her curriculum to meet students where they are.

      • Destiny Garza

        Destiny Garza talks to us about her experience at Xavier School of Excellence.

        Destiny Garza talks to us about her experience at Xavier School of Excellence.

      • Austin Washington

        Austin Washington speaks highly of Xavier School of Excellence. His educational experience at a publ... (Show More)

        Austin Washington speaks highly of Xavier School of Excellence. His educational experience at a public charter school has benefited him in many ways.

      • Haylee Walsh

        Students, like Haylee, enjoy coming to school, especially when they feel cared for by teachers.

        Students, like Haylee, enjoy coming to school, especially when they feel cared for by teachers.

      • Samantha Smith

        Samantha Smith, director at Xavier School of Excellence, has a passion to help students. She explain... (Show More)

        Samantha Smith, director at Xavier School of Excellence, has a passion to help students. She explains the mission and purpose of Xavier School of Excellence, and shares her thoughts on school choice.

      • Darius Garner

        Darius Garner is a dedicated teacher! He shares more about the F.A.C.E. program, his experience teac... (Show More)

        Darius Garner is a dedicated teacher! He shares more about the F.A.C.E. program, his experience teaching, and how he motivates students to dream big.

      • Tara Miller

        Tara Miller, school social worker, discusses the importance of collaboration, and believes that help... (Show More)

        Tara Miller, school social worker, discusses the importance of collaboration, and believes that helping students identify and address barriers is essential for success.

      • Cephus Phillips

        Cephus Phillips is proud to attend Xavier School of Excellence.

        Cephus Phillips is proud to attend Xavier School of Excellence.

      • Olivia Urbin

        Olivia Urbin, student at Xavier School of Excellence, shares that she likes the teachers and student... (Show More)

        Olivia Urbin, student at Xavier School of Excellence, shares that she likes the teachers and students at her school.

  • January 18th, 2017

    Airdate: January 18, 2017

    This week we take a deeper look into childhood mental health and trauma, and its correlation with drug abuse and suicide. Monica Murphy sits down with Amy Rosen at Oaklawn in Elkhart, Indiana, and Dr.... (Show More)

    This week we take a deeper look into childhood mental health and trauma, and its correlation with drug abuse and suicide. Monica Murphy sits down with Amy Rosen at Oaklawn in Elkhart, Indiana, and Dr. John Gallagher at Bashor Children’s Home in Goshen, Indiana. We also attended a public forum titled, “What will we lose if we lose public education?” and the community luncheon at the MLK Jr. Recreation Center in South Bend, Indiana.

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    • Community Luncheon

      Like Martin Luther King Jr., many educators and leaders in our community believe that education is a fundamental right and all students should be given the same opportunities.

      Like Martin Luther King Jr., many educators and leaders in our community believe that education is a fundamental right and all students should be given the same opportunities.

      • Mayor Pete Buttigieg

        Mayor Pete Buttigieg shares that education equality is important.

        Mayor Pete Buttigieg shares that education equality is important.

      • Kenneth Spells, Ed.D.

        Kenneth Spells, Ed.D., shares that education is a right and all students deserve equal opportunity.

        Kenneth Spells, Ed.D., shares that education is a right and all students deserve equal opportunity.

    • Public Education Community Forum

      School choice advocate, Betsy DeVos, begins her confirmation hearings in Washington. Community leaders and educators in South Bend gathered for a community forum called “What will we lose if we lose... (Show More)

      School choice advocate, Betsy DeVos, begins her confirmation hearings in Washington. Community leaders and educators in South Bend gathered for a community forum called “What will we lose if we lose public education?”

      • Stuart Greene, Ph.D.

        Stuart Greene, Ph.D., believes that we need to strengthen public schools. He discusses what motivate... (Show More)

        Stuart Greene, Ph.D., believes that we need to strengthen public schools. He discusses what motivates school choice, and the consequences of losing neighborhood schools.

      • Darryl Heller, Ph.D.

        Darryl Heller, Ph.D., discuses the values of public education.

        Darryl Heller, Ph.D., discuses the values of public education.

  • January 11th, 2017

    Airdate: January 11, 2017

    This week we explore mental health and childhood trauma and how it is impacting students in the classroom. We speak with Ann Rosen at The Family Connection, Shelly Walker, Ph.D., superintendent of Ben... (Show More)

    This week we explore mental health and childhood trauma and how it is impacting students in the classroom. We speak with Ann Rosen at The Family Connection, Shelly Walker, Ph.D., superintendent of Benton Harbor Schools, and Gillian Conrad at the Berrien County Health Department. Reporter, Monica Murphy, also sits down with Mike Deranek at Bashor Children's Home for an in-depth interview on childhood trauma. We also visit Ivy Tech Community College to explore the college admissions process.

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    • Mental Health Story, #1

      Ann Rosen, Gillian Conrad, and Dr. Shelly Walker talk to us about trauma in the school system, social factors that determine educational outcomes, and the responsibility placed on teachers to currentl... (Show More)

      Ann Rosen, Gillian Conrad, and Dr. Shelly Walker talk to us about trauma in the school system, social factors that determine educational outcomes, and the responsibility placed on teachers to currently address mental health behaviors.

      • Ann Rosen

        Ann Rosen shares that trauma impacts brain functioning. Ann also suggests that punitive approaches a... (Show More)

        Ann Rosen shares that trauma impacts brain functioning. Ann also suggests that punitive approaches are not effective when working with traumatized children.

    • College Admissions Process, Ivy Tech

      Dr. Lisa Shaffer, Chancellor of Enrollment at Ivy Tech Community College, speaks to us about admissions and recent changes in the admissions process in order to help students thrive.

      Dr. Lisa Shaffer, Chancellor of Enrollment at Ivy Tech Community College, speaks to us about admissions and recent changes in the admissions process in order to help students thrive.

      • Lisa Shaffer, Ph.D.

        Lisa Shaffer, Ph.D., talks about the college admissions process and what they are doing to help stud... (Show More)

        Lisa Shaffer, Ph.D., talks about the college admissions process and what they are doing to help students succeed.

  • January 4th, 2017

    Airdate: January 4, 2017

    This week we speak with staff and students at The Excel Center in South Bend, Indiana, and sit down with Michigan State Representative, Dave Pagel. We also revisit Plymouth Schools to learn about tech... (Show More)

    This week we speak with staff and students at The Excel Center in South Bend, Indiana, and sit down with Michigan State Representative, Dave Pagel. We also revisit Plymouth Schools to learn about technology use in the classroom.

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    • The Excel Center

      Did you know that there are roughly 24,000 people in St. Joe County without a high school diploma? The Excel Center in South Bend, Indiana helps individuals reclaim education goals and succession.

      Did you know that there are roughly 24,000 people in St. Joe County without a high school diploma? The Excel Center in South Bend, Indiana helps individuals reclaim education goals and succession.

      • Justin Zobrosky

        Justin Zobrosky, at The Excel Center, shares that this is a "real program" and explains his role in ... (Show More)

        Justin Zobrosky, at The Excel Center, shares that this is a "real program" and explains his role in more depth.

      • Randy Beachy

        Randy Beachy, at The Excel Center, shares the mission, vision, and overall purpose. He says that 24,... (Show More)

        Randy Beachy, at The Excel Center, shares the mission, vision, and overall purpose. He says that 24,000 people within Saint Joe County are without a high school diploma.

      • Mike Gallo

        Mike Gallo, at The Excel Center, shares classroom approaches to learning and a project that his stud... (Show More)

        Mike Gallo, at The Excel Center, shares classroom approaches to learning and a project that his students are currently working on.

      • Whitney Parkes

        Whitney Parkes, a student at The Excel Center, discusses her personal journey and how this experienc... (Show More)

        Whitney Parkes, a student at The Excel Center, discusses her personal journey and how this experience has impacted her life for the better.

      • Hebly Rodriguez

        Hebly Rodriguez, a student at The Excel Center, shares how this program has benefited her and says t... (Show More)

        Hebly Rodriguez, a student at The Excel Center, shares how this program has benefited her and says that her kids were the biggest motivation to getting this diploma.

      • Jess Lacay

        Jess Lacay, at The Excel Center, says that life coaching is mostly about encouraging students to kee... (Show More)

        Jess Lacay, at The Excel Center, says that life coaching is mostly about encouraging students to keep going.

  • December 28th, 2016

    Airdate: December 28, 2016

    This week we revisit Harrison Primary Center in South Bend, Indiana, Ivy Tech Community College in Warsaw, Indiana and Five Star Life in Dowagiac, Michigan.

    This week we revisit Harrison Primary Center in South Bend, Indiana, Ivy Tech Community College in Warsaw, Indiana and Five Star Life in Dowagiac, Michigan.

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    • Harrison Primary Center

      The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County and Harrison Primary Center have adopted the Responsive Classroom approach, providing students with a sense of belonging, safety, and significance.

      The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County and Harrison Primary Center have adopted the Responsive Classroom approach, providing students with a sense of belonging, safety, and significance.

      • Patricia Karban

        Patricia Karban, principal at Harrison Primary Center, says that Responsive Classroom is a research-... (Show More)

        Patricia Karban, principal at Harrison Primary Center, says that Responsive Classroom is a research-based approach to K-8 instruction that focuses on the strong connection between social-emotional learning (SEL) and academic success.

      • Ann Rosen

        Ann Rosen shares her involvement in Responsive Classroom approaches to learning at Harrison Primary ... (Show More)

        Ann Rosen shares her involvement in Responsive Classroom approaches to learning at Harrison Primary Center.

      • Amy Szakaley

        Amy Szakaley, at Harrison Primary Center, works with teachers to find avenues of success for all stu... (Show More)

        Amy Szakaley, at Harrison Primary Center, works with teachers to find avenues of success for all students, including Responsive Classroom approaches to learning.

      • Breanna Salazar

        Breanna Salazar, student at Harrison Primary Center, discusses that everyone is like family and that... (Show More)

        Breanna Salazar, student at Harrison Primary Center, discusses that everyone is like family and that the teachers care about student success.

      • Avari Brantley

        Avari Brantley, student at Harrison Primary Center, discusses morning meeting and other ways that te... (Show More)

        Avari Brantley, student at Harrison Primary Center, discusses morning meeting and other ways that teachers implement Responsive Classroom approaches to learning.

      • Precious Houston

        Precious Houston believes that Harrison Primary Center is a special place. For example, the teachers... (Show More)

        Precious Houston believes that Harrison Primary Center is a special place. For example, the teachers go out of their way to call every student by name and they help students become passionate about learning.

  • December 21st, 2016

    Airdate: December 21, 2016

    This week we speak to Dr. Shelly Walker, superintendent of Benton Harbor Schools, and visit MLK STEAM Academy and the Benton Harbor High School library. We also revisit a service project at Goshen Col... (Show More)

    This week we speak to Dr. Shelly Walker, superintendent of Benton Harbor Schools, and visit MLK STEAM Academy and the Benton Harbor High School library. We also revisit a service project at Goshen College and St. Joe CEO in South Bend, Indiana.

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      Those involved in St. Joe CEO share their insight on the program and how it has shaped them.

      Those involved in St. Joe CEO share their insight on the program and how it has shaped them.

      • Catlin Courtney

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        Courtney, a St. Joe CEO investor, tells our reporter about the collaborative workspace for startups and her experience involving St. Joe CEO.

      • Iris Hammel

        Iris Hammel, director of St. Joe CEO, shares her insight on the partnership between students and are... (Show More)

        Iris Hammel, director of St. Joe CEO, shares her insight on the partnership between students and area businesses.

      • Madeleine McTigue

        Madeleine McTigue, student St. Joe CEO, talks about her personal growth and why stepping out of your... (Show More)

        Madeleine McTigue, student St. Joe CEO, talks about her personal growth and why stepping out of your comfort zone is important.

      • Michael Anthony

        Michael Anthony, student St. Joe CEO, shares his experience and interest in business.

        Michael Anthony, student St. Joe CEO, shares his experience and interest in business.

      • Parent of Drew

        A mother talks about her son’s journey in St. Joe CEO and discusses his growing passion for busine... (Show More)

        A mother talks about her son’s journey in St. Joe CEO and discusses his growing passion for business.

  • December 14th, 2016

    Airdate: December 14, 2016

    Last week we spoke with schools about the STEAM and STEM programs. This week we highlight a nonprofit, OrthoWorx, who supports STEM-focused approaches to learning. We also visit the “Success Starts ... (Show More)

    Last week we spoke with schools about the STEAM and STEM programs. This week we highlight a nonprofit, OrthoWorx, who supports STEM-focused approaches to learning. We also visit the “Success Starts Early” seminar in South Bend, Indiana, the Berrien County Health Department, and we covered a special event at Grissom Middle School.

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    • “Success Starts Early” seminar

      Educators gathered for the “Success Starts Early,” breakfast seminar to discuss, identify, and address gaps in access to high quality and affordable learning.

      Educators gathered for the “Success Starts Early,” breakfast seminar to discuss, identify, and address gaps in access to high quality and affordable learning.

      • Jeff Rea

        Jeff Rea, who spoke at the “Success Starts Early” seminar, talks about the importance of trainin... (Show More)

        Jeff Rea, who spoke at the “Success Starts Early” seminar, talks about the importance of training students for the Indiana workforce.

      • Kofi Darku

        Kofi Darku defines what high quality means and the importance of implementing Pre-K in Indiana.

        Kofi Darku defines what high quality means and the importance of implementing Pre-K in Indiana.

      • Laura Jensen

        Laura Jensen, who spoke at the “Success Starts Early” seminar, discusses El Campito’s focus on... (Show More)

        Laura Jensen, who spoke at the “Success Starts Early” seminar, discusses El Campito’s focus on early childhood development and high-quality care.

  • November 23rd, 2016

    Airdate: November 23, 2016

    This week we learn how St. Joe CEO and the partnership between the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation and Lakeland High School are spurring innovation. We also explore community service ... (Show More)

    This week we learn how St. Joe CEO and the partnership between the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation and Lakeland High School are spurring innovation. We also explore community service involvement at Goshen College and Saint Joseph High School.

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    • St. Joe CEO

      St. Joe CEO gives high school students the freedom and opportunity to take risks. Students learn innovative business concepts to enhance their future.

      St. Joe CEO gives high school students the freedom and opportunity to take risks. Students learn innovative business concepts to enhance their future.

      • Iris Hammel

        Iris Hammel, director of St. Joe CEO, shares her insight on the partnership between students and are... (Show More)

        Iris Hammel, director of St. Joe CEO, shares her insight on the partnership between students and area businesses.

      • Madeleine McTigue

        Madeleine McTigue, student in St. Joe CEO, talks about her personal growth and why stepping out of y... (Show More)

        Madeleine McTigue, student in St. Joe CEO, talks about her personal growth and why stepping out of your comfort zone is important.

      • Michael Anthony

        Michael Anthony, student in St. Joe CEO, shares his experience and interest in business.

        Michael Anthony, student in St. Joe CEO, shares his experience and interest in business.

      • Parent of Drew

        A mother talks about her son’s journey in St. Joe CEO and discusses his growing passion for busine... (Show More)

        A mother talks about her son’s journey in St. Joe CEO and discusses his growing passion for business.

      • Catlin Courtney

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        Courtney, a St. Joe CEO investor, tells our reporter about the collaborative workspace for startups and her experience involving St. Joe CEO.

    • Saint Joseph High School

      Saint Joseph High School in South Bend is committed to service. Throughout the year students participate in many community service projects including their annual Thanksgiving H.O.P.E food drive.

      Saint Joseph High School in South Bend is committed to service. Throughout the year students participate in many community service projects including their annual Thanksgiving H.O.P.E food drive.

      • Caroline Bueno

        Saint Joseph High School student, Caroline Bueno, discusses the benefits of community service and ho... (Show More)

        Saint Joseph High School student, Caroline Bueno, discusses the benefits of community service and how it helps her become more humble.

      • Natalie Klima

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        Saint Joseph High School student, Natalie Klima, says that community service can be accomplished in many ways. She loves going “above and beyond.”

      • Tanya Mead

        Tanya Mead explains the H.O.P.E. food drive at Saint Joseph High School and shares that it is an opp... (Show More)

        Tanya Mead explains the H.O.P.E. food drive at Saint Joseph High School and shares that it is an opportunity to serve the community and live their Catholic identity.

      • Riley Fraleigh

        Saint Joseph High School student, Riley Fraleigh, shares that helping those in need is important.

        Saint Joseph High School student, Riley Fraleigh, shares that helping those in need is important.

  • November 16th, 2016

    Airdate: November 17, 2016

    It’s important that high-quality educational programs provide safe environments, and enhance student development and achievement. This week we visited the education department at Indiana University ... (Show More)

    It’s important that high-quality educational programs provide safe environments, and enhance student development and achievement. This week we visited the education department at Indiana University South Bend, Harrison Primary Center in South Bend, and Southside School in Niles, Michigan.

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      The teaching program at Indiana University South Bend is evolving. Teacher roles are changing and classroom demands are increasing. With a reputation for graduating exceptional educators, and improvin... (Show More)

      The teaching program at Indiana University South Bend is evolving. Teacher roles are changing and classroom demands are increasing. With a reputation for graduating exceptional educators, and improving education across the region, we were curious how students are prepared to respond to the needs of youth today.

      • Emily Krohn

        Emily Krohn, student at IU South Bend, talks to reporter, Monica Murphy, about the “restorative ju... (Show More)

        Emily Krohn, student at IU South Bend, talks to reporter, Monica Murphy, about the “restorative justice” approach to learning and says that being culturally competent is important.

      • Kathleen Sullivan, Ph.D.

        Kathleen Sullivan, Ph.D., says that students at IU South Bend are destined for greatness and must pu... (Show More)

        Kathleen Sullivan, Ph.D., says that students at IU South Bend are destined for greatness and must push past self-limiting beliefs.

      • Sarah Meyer

        Sarah Meyer, student at IU South Bend, discusses her experience with microteaching and shares that s... (Show More)

        Sarah Meyer, student at IU South Bend, discusses her experience with microteaching and shares that she is able to practice certain teaching styles with other students in the classroom.

      • Hope Davis, Ph.D.

        Hope Davis, Ph.D., discusses the teaching program at IU South Bend.

        Hope Davis, Ph.D., discusses the teaching program at IU South Bend.

      • Chelsee Bowlin

        Chelsee Bowlin, student at IU South Bend, says that her dedication to teaching is an opportunity to ... (Show More)

        Chelsee Bowlin, student at IU South Bend, says that her dedication to teaching is an opportunity to give back to a community she loves.

      • Marvin Lynn, Ph.D.

        Marvin Lynn, Ph.D., discusses the teaching program at IU South Bend and says that students receive h... (Show More)

        Marvin Lynn, Ph.D., discusses the teaching program at IU South Bend and says that students receive hands-on approaches to learning.

      • Ian Lewis

        Ian Lewis, student at IU South Bend, talks about diversity in the classroom and the importance in co... (Show More)

        Ian Lewis, student at IU South Bend, talks about diversity in the classroom and the importance in connecting with the student holistically.

      • Terri Hebert, Ph.D.

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        Terri Hebert, Ph.D., teacher at IU South Bend, talks about class projects and how it is important for students to experience learning in a real-life setting.

      • Justin Yoder

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        Justin Yoder, student at IU South Bend, says that his experience has been beneficial and the biggest takeaway is learning how to build relationships with students.

      • Austin Ward

        Austin Ward, student at IU South Bend, says that male teachers are important.

        Austin Ward, student at IU South Bend, says that male teachers are important.

    • Harrison Primary Center

      The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County and Harrison Primary Center have adopted the Responsive Classroom approach, providing students with a sense of belonging, safety, and significance.

      The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County and Harrison Primary Center have adopted the Responsive Classroom approach, providing students with a sense of belonging, safety, and significance.

      • Ann Rosen

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        Ann Rosen shares her involvement in Responsive Classroom approaches to learning at Harrison Primary Center.

      • Patricia Karban

        Patricia Karban, principal at Harrison Primary Center, says that Responsive Classroom is a research-... (Show More)

        Patricia Karban, principal at Harrison Primary Center, says that Responsive Classroom is a research-based approach to K-8 instruction that focuses on the strong connection between social-emotional learning (SEL) and academic success.

      • Precious Houston

        Precious Houston believes that Harrison Primary Center is a special place. For example, the teachers... (Show More)

        Precious Houston believes that Harrison Primary Center is a special place. For example, the teachers go out of their way to call every student by name and they help students become passionate about learning.

      • Avari Brantley

        Avari Brantley, student at Harrison Primary Center, discusses morning meeting and other ways that te... (Show More)

        Avari Brantley, student at Harrison Primary Center, discusses morning meeting and other ways that teachers implement Responsive Classroom approaches to learning.

      • Breanna Salazar

        Breanna Salazar, student at Harrison Primary Center, discusses that everyone is like family and that... (Show More)

        Breanna Salazar, student at Harrison Primary Center, discusses that everyone is like family and that the teachers care about student success.

      • Amy Szakaley

        Amy Szakaley, at Harrison Primary Center, works with teachers to find avenues of success for all stu... (Show More)

        Amy Szakaley, at Harrison Primary Center, works with teachers to find avenues of success for all students, including Responsive Classroom approaches to learning.