Episode #412 - December 18th, 2019
Education Counts Michiana brings together some of the best initiatives in education in our region. This week find out how PechaKucha inspires creativity in St. Joseph & Benton Harbor. See how the Kroc Center Music Programs are offering music education to students in South Bend. The Literacy Consortium in Berrien County is making sure students get extra help when needed. Learn how students in Porter County are able to enter kindergarten ready to succeed.
Original Airdate: December 18, 2019

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    Literacy Coaches

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    Reading isn't just an important part of education. It's an important part of life. But sometimes making sure children are reading at their grade level can be difficult. That's why groups like Berrien RESA are working to find ways to make sure those students get the extra help they need. We take a look at the approaches and techniques they're using across Berrien County.

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    1. Kerry MindemanLiteracy ConsultantBerrien RESA
    2. Rebecca MilesLiteracy ConsultantBerrien RESA
    3. Lacy PayneLiteracy SpecialistBridgman Public Schools
    4. Kelly Jo SeverinInstructional Services Director/Literacy CoachEau Claire Public Schools

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    PechaKucha

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    PechaKucha (Japanese for “chit chat”) is the world’s fastest-growing storytelling platform, used by millions around the globe. Pecha Kucha Night is for creativity and not for profit. Presentations are 20 images x 20 seconds each. Many cities often lack spaces where creative people can share their work, so Pecha Kucha Nights are about exposing the hidden creativity in a city. These events are held in over 900 cities globally. People use the platform to share hilarious, heartwarming, tear-jerking Pecha Kucha presentations at venues around the world.

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    Guests:

    1. Kim JenuwineCity OrganizerPechaKucha St. Joseph/Benton Harbor
    2. Lana DeFrancescoCity OrganizerPechaKucha St. Joseph/Benton Harbor
    3. Ronnika WilliamsVolunteerPechaKucha St. Joseph/Benton Harbor
    4. Nathan MargoniVolunteer CoordinatorPechaKucha St. Joseph/Benton Harbor
    5. Sara KotankoCity OrganizaerPechaKucha St. Joseph/Benton Harbor

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    Kroc Center Music Programs

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    Learning music can have added benefits for a child's learning. But sometimes the cost is what makes it difficult. At the Kroc Center in South Bend, they offer free classes for children that can help to give them the confidence they need to succeed in other areas of school.

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    1. Mandy SimonsFine Arts & Education ManagerSalvation Army Kroc Center

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    Porter County School Readiness

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    United Way of Porter County and its partners have been able to expand kindergarten readiness programs to meet need and lay the groundwork for a universal assessment process to evaluate the early childhood learning landscape in Porter County.Program expansion includes increasing the number of students helped by the United Way of Porter County. Kinder Camp, Parents as Teachers in-school, Ready, Set, Kindergarten are just a few of the programs sponsored by the United Way of Porter County. Approximately 500 students are helped every year.

    Guests:

    1. Chloe CamposStudentThomas Jefferson Elementary School
    2. David MunizPrincipalThomas Jefferson Elementary School
    3. Dana HamadyTeacher & Parent EducatorPorter County School Readiness Program
    4. Amy ZwingelbergParentThomas Jefferson Elementary School
    5. Mary Jane EisenhauerBoard MemberUnited Way of Porter County

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