Episode #515 - January 6th, 2021
It's the first episode of 2021 for Education Counts Michiana. We present four new segments about education. See how Trojan Heroes recognizes those who go above and beyond in Sturgis schools. Learn how trauma-informed strategies can help parents and students understand disruptive behavior in young children. Find out what job exploration programs are available for students with IEP's at the Career Academy in South Bend. See how iCivics can be implemented into the classroom for discussion around civics.
Original Airdate: January 06, 2021

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  • January 6th, 2021 Photo Emma Humphries, Kymberli Wregglesworth, Vicki Wilson More Information

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    With so much emphasis placed on math and reading these days, students are not learning what it means to be civilly engaged. iCivics is an online resource that provides games and even curriculum to teach students of all ages about being active citizens.

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    Guests:

    1. Emma HumphriesChief Education OfficeriCivics
    2. Kymberli WregglesworthTeacherOnaway High School
    3. Vicki WilsonTeacherLynhurst 7th and 8th Grade Center

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    Trauma Informed Strategies

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    When young children act up, it doesn't mean they're misbehaved. Trauma-informed strategies are ways for teachers and even parents to understand and help a child who could actually be crying out for help.

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    Guests:

    1. Annie Wood BellLicensed Clinical Social WorkerTrauma-Informed Instructor
    2. Mona LivingstonDirector of Community ImpactUnited Way of Elkhart & LaGrange Counties

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  • January 6th, 2021 Photo Art Ebert, Nicole Airgood, Patti Miller, Tyson Dilts, Lisa Yoquelet More Information

    Trojan Heroes

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    City: Sturgis, MI
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    Trojan Heroes is a program started to make sure that no school employee goes unnoticed for their efforts. It was put in place to offer a light at the end of a long tunnel, so that employees at Sturgis schools are just as encouraged to continue their good deeds, as they do for the students that they serve.

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    Guests:

    1. Art EbertSuperintendentSturgis Community Schools
    2. Nicole AirgoodAssistant SuperintendentSturgis Community Schools
    3. Patti MillerFood Services DirectorSturgis Community Schools
    4. Tyson DiltsFirst Grade TeacherSturgis Community Schools
    5. Lisa YoqueletFirst Grade TeacherSturgis Community Schools

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  • January 6th, 2021 Photo LaVoughn Machowiak, Katie Brown, Katy Gerring More Information

    Special Education Transition Program at Career Academy

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    Career Academy in South Bend wants to prepare their students for life after school, by teaching them the basics when it comes to job exploration. Their Special Education program is no different. Though students with IEPs may feel as though there aren't many paths to take, they want to instill hope in their students and their parents. They do this through encouragement and 1-to-1 guidance, as they show them that there are just as many options

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    Guests:

    1. LaVoughn MachowiakTransition Teacher/Employment SpecialistCareer Academy
    2. Katie BrownStudentCareer Academy
    3. Katy GerringDirector of Employment ServicesCareer Academy

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