Episode #359 - November 20th, 2019
Check out another edition of educational stories from Michiana. This week, teachers and staff at New Prairie schools implement trauma informed skills with students. Learn how the African American Community Fund has suppported educational programs over the past 20 years and what its plans are for the future. See how Innovation Academy at Lincoln J. High in Plymouth is teaching through project-based learning. See how Michigan Works! is helping adult students earn a high school diploma or GED and guiding students through career choice and experience.
Original Airdate: November 20, 2019

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    Innovation Academy

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    Learning through exploration has become a guiding principle in today's educational world. We've explored how project based learning can be beneficial to elementary school students and high school students. But now we head to Plymouth where middle school students are able to use this more hands on approach to learning.

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    1. Reid GaultPrincipalLincoln Jr. High School
    2. Riley Heeren8th Grade Humanities TeacherLincoln Jr. High School
    3. Rachel Anders7th Grade Humanities TeacherLincoln Jr. High School
    4. Lindsey RuizStudentLincoln Jr. High School
    5. Miles BargerStudentLincoln Jr. High School

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    Trauma Informed

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    Children will sometimes act out when they're at school, but simply punishing them may not be the best approach. Finding out why they're acting out could be the key to correcting that behavior. To help facilitate this course correction and make sure children are getting the most out of their education, the New Prairie United School Corporation has started using Trauma Informed methods. We learn some of the these methods and how it's not just the teachers using them throughout the school day.

    Guests:

    1. Tia KolasaElementary Social WorkerRolling Prairie Elementary School
    2. Cassie PaveyKindergarten TeacherRolling Prairie Elementary School
    3. Kristina DemeyerFourth Grade TeacherRolling Prairie Elementary School

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    Michigan Works!

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    Michigan Works! gives adults thinking about completing their high school diploma or GED the chance to succeed. The program makes it possible for students to complete their work in their own time by offering online classes to students with busier schedules. Their programs are designed around individualized instruction so students can have one on one attention with instructors to help them reach their goals. Michigan Works! makes these services available for free for students and they even assist with the cost of testing

    Guests:

    1. Alexandria GilpinGraduateMichigan Works!
    2. Maritza DoradoGraduateMichigan Works!
    3. Lily BrewerExecutive DirectorMichigan Works!
    4. Mandi SomersAdult Education InstructorMichigan Works!

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    The African American Community Fund

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    African Americans helped to build the foundation of this country. In recognition of this, the Community Foundation established the African American Community Fund initiative in 1999. This initiative consists of one primary fund and more than 20 individual funds established by African American families and organizations. These organizations include HighScope, Imagination Library, and so much more.

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    Guests:

    1. Virginia B. CalvinFounderThe African American Community Fund
    2. Tina PattonCommittee MemberThe African American Community Fund

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