Episode #420 - February 12th, 2020
Education Counts presents more stories about educational initiatives in our region. Learn about Imagination Station, a pre-school steeped in quality early education in Michigan City. Follow students in a glassmaking after school program in Benton Harbor that ranks among the best in the United States. Sit in on English as a New Language class for teachers and undergrad students at Holy Cross College. See how Jobs for Michigan's Graduates is preparing students with hard and soft skills for the workplace.
Original Airdate: February 12, 2020

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      February 12th, 2020
      Education Counts presents more stories about educational initiatives in our region. Learn about Imagination Station, a pre-school steeped in quality early education in Michigan City. Follow students in a glassmaking after school program in Benton Harbor that ranks among the best in the United States. Sit in on English as a New Language class for teachers and undergrad students at Holy Cross College. See how Jobs for Michigan's Graduates is preparing students with hard and soft skills for the workplace.
      February 12, 2020
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      February 5th, 2020
      Education Counts Michiana features four educational initiatives showcasing community engagement. Warsaw Community Schools are working on social emotional learning for students and teachers. The public was invited to watch three teams of architecture students participate in a two day mural-drawing event presented by Scenographia at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. Maker spaces are on the rise and a visit to Make South Bend explores the possibility of design. Michigan students are filling the skills gap by learning CNC skills in the classroom and on the job.
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      January 29th, 2020
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      January 8th & 22nd, 2020
      This is the second episode looking at some of the best programs and initiatives from education we featured over the last year. We selected 16 stories from our region. In this follow up episode, we spotlight eight stories from some of the best ideas in pre-school, k-12, post high school, college, continuing education and lifelong learning. In this episode, we visit a Kinderforest and learn about Jobs for Michigan's Graduates, a state-wide program that started at Benton Harbor High School. We also look at the Tinkergarten concept, the value of burning off energy in the classroom, Global Game Jam, the Innovation Academy, Noon Time Talks in Elkhart and learning science through a weather balloon launch.
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      January 1st & 15th, 2020
      This is the first of a two part episode series revisiting some of the best segments from 2019. We chose 16 stories in all from our broadcast area. You'll find pre-school initiatives, k-12 segments, post high school, college and continuing education. In this first episode, see how language and culture immersion are taught in two preschools, learn about Indiana's Work Ethics Certification, see how students are learning on the job CNC skills, teachers taking externships, the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program, what students are learning at barber college, a Shoolhouse Supply Store and science integration programs.
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      December 25th, 2019
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      December 18th, 2019
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