Episode #409 - November 27th, 2019
Catch the highlights of the best stories we've featured this month on Education Counts Michiana. Learn how students and teachers are communicating through ASL at Culver schools. El Sistema is sweeping Elkhart schools and teaching through music. Be Nice is a new program in Dowagiac schools to fight bullying. The Impact Institute is giving high school students and adults vocational training. Tinkergarten is a national program adapted locally that teaches kids through nature. The African American Community Fund is supporting education for those in need. New Prairie teachers and staff are taking a trauma informed approach to better help students be ready to learn.
Original Airdate: November 27, 2019

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  • November 27th, 2019 Photo Virginia B. Calvin, Tina Patton More Information

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

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    ASL Education

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    Language is all around us, but not every language is expressed in words. The Culver School Corporation has incorporated American Sign Language as one of the languages students can choose to learn. We find out how some students are taking what they learn in the classroom and using it to communicate with those who are deaf or hard of hearing.

     
     
     

     

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    1. Kris ArveloDeaf EducatorCulver Elementary School
    2. Debra HaschelLanguage FacilitatorCulver Elementary School

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  • November 27th, 2019 Photo Tia Kolasa, Cassie Pavey, Kristina Demeyer More Information

    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.

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    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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    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.

    For additional information visit:

    Guests:

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

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  • November 27th, 2019 Photo Hillary Harder, Marco Zamora, Kent Dutchersmith More Information

    El Sistema

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    El Sistema is a publicly financed, voluntary sector, music-education program, founded in Venezuela in 1975 by Venezuelan educator, musician, and activist José Antonio Abreu. Since then, the program has emerged as a global movement that promotes children and youth engagement in community and school-based music-making experiences. Roosevelt STEAM Academy in Elkhart Community Schools was the first school in the county to launch an El Sistema inspired program with a vision to integrate music into the daily school schedule and provide all students with the opportunity to play an instrument and the program continues to make a big impact in the Elkhart Community.

    Guests:

    1. Hillary HarderCoordinatorECoSistema
    2. Marco ZamoraCadet Room CoordinatorBoys & Girls Club of Elkhart County
    3. Kent DutchersmithLead Teaching ArtistECoSistema

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    Tinkergarten®

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    Play is learning. That's the approach taken through a program known as Tinkergarten. Here, children are brought together to learn in a natural setting. The kids are able to learn and develop a variety of skills like problem solving, collaboration and creativity. This is a national movement, but we head to our own Tinkergarten in Elkhart to learn.

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    1. Carla GullInstructorTinkergarten®

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  • November 27th, 2019 Photo Kara Cox, Heaven Wallace, Jaycob Hill, Aubry Hazelgrove, Kelly Millin, Bryan Henry, Jason Turner, Bella James, Jacob Daniel More Information

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    Being nice. It seems like it should be one of the easiest things in the world to do, but often times people forget how to do it. That's why a program called Be Nice was created. The program provides the tools for schools and communities to stamp out bullying. We head up to Dowagiac to see how they're using this program throughout their entire school system.

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    Guests:

    1. Kara CoxSchool CounselorDowagiac Union Schools
    2. Heaven WallaceStudentDowagiac Union High School
    3. Jaycob HillStudentDowagiac Union High School
    4. Aubry HazelgroveStudentDowagiac Union High School
    5. Kelly MillinPrincipalDowagiac Union High School
    6. Bryan HenryPrincipalJustus Gage Elementary School
    7. Jason TurnerTeacherJustus Gage Elementary School
    8. Bella JamesStudentJustus Gage Elementary
    9. Jacob DanielStudentJustus Gage Elementary School

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  • November 27th, 2019 Photo Kole Lounsbury, Noah Schooley, Jim Walmsley More Information

    The Impact Institute

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    Vocational training offers students the chance to gain hands on training as well as experience in the workforce. The Impact Institute was formed by a joint service agreement between ten school corporations in June 1969, with the goal of providing vocational programs, administering adult education and coordinating communications with the Indiana Department of Education and other state agencies. The thirteen currently school corporations currently served are located in the five northeast Indiana counties of Noble, DeKalb, LaGrange, Steuben, and Whitley. The Impact Institute's vocational and adult education programs use a competency-based curriculum approach and rely on student data and industry driven standards for continuous improvement. Through the support of consortium members, Impact Institute is also the vehicle used in the implementation of other change initiatives, such as School-to-Work, Tech Prep and the Technical Education Initiative.

    Guests:

    1. Kole LounsburyStudentThe Impact Institute
    2. Noah SchooleyStudentThe Impact Institute
    3. Jim WalmsleyDirectorThe Impact Institute

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