Episode #503 - October 14th, 2020
This week on Education Counts we have four more segments featuring innovation in education. Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library launched a program that lets students explore other countries. Learn how the Gentlemen and Scholars' Spelling Bee Explosion teaches confidence and engages students in public speaking. Elkhart Schools share tools for parents for distance learning. See what steps Michigan City Virtual Academy has adapted to flexible learning.
Original Airdate: October 14, 2020

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  • October 14th, 2020 Photo Wendel McCollum, Mary Champagne, Quala Cooper, Jameer Nelson More Information

    Michigan City Virtual Academy

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    Michigan City has been prepared to teach children virtually. Their Virtual Academy was founded in 2019, and in 2020 saw a surge in enrollment due to more schools taking teaching digital. Michigan City's Virtual Academy is perfect for students who want to add more flexibility to their day, and also participate in extracurricular programs.

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    1. Wendel McCollumAssociate SuperintendentMichigan City Virtual Academy
    2. Mary ChampagneCoordinator/Lead TeacherMichigan City Virtual Academy
    3. Quala CooperMother of Jameer NelsonMichigan City Virtual Academy
    4. Jameer NelsonStudentMichigan City Virtual Academy

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    Passport Pals and STEAM Squad

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    To provide additional fun and interactive activities, the Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library launched a set of programs called Passport Pals and STEAM Squad. Through these programs kids will get the chance to explore other countries and do some hands on projects without leaving their houses.

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    1. Kate RhotonProgramming SpecialistMishawka-Penn-Harris Public Library

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    E-Learning Parenting Tools

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    City: Elkhart, IN
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    Kids attending classes from home hasn't just been a learning experience for students and teachers. Parents are also finding they need some help to make sure their children are staying on task. We explore some tips and tricks so parents can make sure at home learning goes smoothly.

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    1. Trisha LightfootParent Support SpecialistCAPS

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    Gentlemen and Scholars: Spelling Bee Explosion

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    Gentlemen and Scholars has been on a mission to empower the youth in the Michiana area for years. They do this through their Spelling Bee Explosions. Though this year's spelling bee will be seen virtually, the feelings are all the same. With their fourth annual Spelling Bee Explosion they are extending that mission by teaching students confidence and comfortability through public speaking.

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    1. William DouglasCreatorGentlemen and Scholars
    2. Cory BrazierDirectorGentlemen and Scholars

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