Episode #217 - October 24th, 2018
Education Counts showcases the Inspired Leadership Initiative at the University of Notre Dame, takes a closer look at alternative education at the Berrien Springs Virtual Academy, highlights inclusiveness at the Brain Lair Bookstore and examines the Mini Medical University Beacon Health offers for teenagers.
Original Airdate: October 24, 2018

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  • Inspired Leadership Initiative (Part 1)

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    For some, learning about a new path can happen after completing a successful career in one field or another. Take a look inside the Inspired Leadership Initiative at the University of Notre Dame and see what's being done to make adults into students again. 

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  • Berrien Springs Virtual Academy

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    The traditional school route may not be for everyone. In the first part of a multi-part series, Brent Fox explores different types of alternative schools. He also explores how these alternative programs are working to break the stigma about the students who attend them. We begin with the Berrien Springs Virtual Academy in Berrien Springs, Michigan.

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  • Inspired Leadership Initiative (Part 2)

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    We take a trip back to the University of Notre Dame where the Inspired Leadership Initiative offers people with successful careers the chance to go back to school to find out what they want to do with the next step of their lives. Meets some of the fellows and learn about how they came to be part of the program and what tney are looking to get out of it.

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  • Brain Lair Bookstore

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    Meet a former librarian who opened an inclusive bookstore in South Bend to make sure there’s a book for everyone. Kathy Burnette, owner of The Brain Lair, said she first started thinking of opening a store decades ago after searching for books for her daughter. Her store opened in July of 2018.

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  • Mini Medical University

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    Take a look inside a mini-medical university where high school students get hands-on experience at Memorial Hospital of South Bend. During the week-long program they get to dissect an eye, examine blood vessels and even deliver the “baby” of a birth simulator robot named Simantha.

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