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  • Episode

    August 10th, 2022

    Airdate: August 10, 2022

    In this episode, we learn about the enFocus Fellowship Program Head Start and Triple P, New Life Creations in Marshall County and the summer program for kids at The History Museum.

    In this episode, we learn about the enFocus Fellowship Program Head Start and Triple P, New Life Creations in Marshall County and the summer program for kids at The History Museum.

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      Head Start and Triple P

      To further their mission of providing education to kids and their parents, the Elkhart and St. Joseph County Head Start Consortium and Positive Parenting Program have partnered up. Triple P provided t... (Show More)

      To further their mission of providing education to kids and their parents, the Elkhart and St. Joseph County Head Start Consortium and Positive Parenting Program have partnered up. Triple P provided training to several of Head Start's Family and Child Specialists to bring them up to Primary Care Level 3. This level of intervention is designed to be delivered one-on-one with parents to address various topics.

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      Kidsfirst Museum

      History can really come to life through hands on or interactive experiences. The Kidsfirst Musem at The History Museum in South Bend offers a variety of topics ranging from history to geology.

      History can really come to life through hands on or interactive experiences. The Kidsfirst Musem at The History Museum in South Bend offers a variety of topics ranging from history to geology.

  • Episode

    June 22nd, 2022

    Airdate: June 22, 2022

    Education Counts Michiana features great ideas in education. This week, discover about a creative art and writing program about the Holocaust, see how blended learning is the evolution of education an... (Show More)

    Education Counts Michiana features great ideas in education. This week, discover about a creative art and writing program about the Holocaust, see how blended learning is the evolution of education and see how digital escape rooms stimulate learning.

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      Digital Escape Rooms

      Escape rooms are a fun way to team up and solve complex problems. Now the same technique that makes these games can be used to create digital escape rooms in classrooms. We take a look at some of the ... (Show More)

      Escape rooms are a fun way to team up and solve complex problems. Now the same technique that makes these games can be used to create digital escape rooms in classrooms. We take a look at some of the tips and tricks along with the benefits of working together to unlock these challenging riddles.

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      The People Next Door - Student Art, Video & Creative Writing Contest

      The creative works of twenty-six South Bend youth are on display to the world. The People Next Door, a local art and creative writing contest for high school students, launched a virtual exhibition to... (Show More)

      The creative works of twenty-six South Bend youth are on display to the world. The People Next Door, a local art and creative writing contest for high school students, launched a virtual exhibition to coincide with International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Students were invited to create a work of visual art or creative writing in response to a locally produced documentary. Their work reflects a variety of themes shared by Holocaust survivors.

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      Blended Learning

      The face of education continues to evolve. This can be seen as the way students learn has changed. Through Blended Learning and Blended Learning Models, schools are able to identify the best practices... (Show More)

      The face of education continues to evolve. This can be seen as the way students learn has changed. Through Blended Learning and Blended Learning Models, schools are able to identify the best practices for reaching every student.

  • Episode

    June 15th, 2022

    Airdate: June 15, 2022

    June 15th, 2022

    June 15th, 2022

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      Music Together Program

      Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program for children from birth through age 7—and the grownups who love them. The Music Center of Gosehn Colleg... (Show More)

      Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program for children from birth through age 7—and the grownups who love them. The Music Center of Gosehn College is partnering with the Middlebury Public Library to offer Music Together for children ages zero to five.

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      Berrien Springs Parent Partnership

      Students in Berrien Springs have access to the Parent Partnership. The program gives students the power of choice for project-based classes outside the classroom. These mentor-led courses range from c... (Show More)

      Students in Berrien Springs have access to the Parent Partnership. The program gives students the power of choice for project-based classes outside the classroom. These mentor-led courses range from college courses to CTE programs and provide the students with fellowship and vibrant learning opportunities.

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      The Bank Street Approach

      There are a few different approaches to education that move beyond traditional methods. The Bank Street Approach allows the students the ability to better understand themselves and find a deeper meani... (Show More)

      There are a few different approaches to education that move beyond traditional methods. The Bank Street Approach allows the students the ability to better understand themselves and find a deeper meaning in the world around them. We take a look at how this approach works and what it's like to learn in this way.

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      Nature Cat Nature Trail

      Getting out into nature can be more than just spending time outdoors. The Nature Cat Nature Trail at Pinhook Park in South Bend provides a fun look at the natural world people can see as they walk aro... (Show More)

      Getting out into nature can be more than just spending time outdoors. The Nature Cat Nature Trail at Pinhook Park in South Bend provides a fun look at the natural world people can see as they walk around the area.

  • Episode

    June 8th, 2022

    Airdate: June 8, 2022

    06/08/2022

    06/08/2022

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      The August Wilson Project

      The August Wilson Project is a 10 year educational partnership with the South Bend Civic Theatre in which each of Wilson's plays will be performed in chronological order highlighting the African-Ameri... (Show More)

      The August Wilson Project is a 10 year educational partnership with the South Bend Civic Theatre in which each of Wilson's plays will be performed in chronological order highlighting the African-American experience throughout the 20th century. The South Bend Civic Theatre is creating opportunities for students and adults to interact with the material on and off stage as well as in the classroom.

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      Computer Science Training

      South Bend Code School has a unique partnership with Niles Community Schools to provide training to librarians. The training is for computer science so the media specialists can train the students in ... (Show More)

      South Bend Code School has a unique partnership with Niles Community Schools to provide training to librarians. The training is for computer science so the media specialists can train the students in this rapidly developing field.

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      International Soccer Academy of America

      Specialized schools and academies are common in other countries around the world. The International Soccer Academy of America has taken that model and created an in person soccer high school in Mishaw... (Show More)

      Specialized schools and academies are common in other countries around the world. The International Soccer Academy of America has taken that model and created an in person soccer high school in Mishawaka. We take a look and what it's like to go to a school where sports and academics combine.

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      River Montessori High School

      The teachings of the Montessori approach can continue beyond eighth grade. The River Montessori High School in South Bend is taking those lessons and providing them to high school students. This small... (Show More)

      The teachings of the Montessori approach can continue beyond eighth grade. The River Montessori High School in South Bend is taking those lessons and providing them to high school students. This small school set in an urban environment offers its students an individualized learning opportunity to grow.

  • Episode

    April 20th, 2022

    Airdate: April 20, 2022

    This week on Education Counts Michiana, we feature a digital storm produced by students at Lincoln Junior High in Plymouth, see the benefits of reading to a therapy dog at the New Buffalo Township Lib... (Show More)

    This week on Education Counts Michiana, we feature a digital storm produced by students at Lincoln Junior High in Plymouth, see the benefits of reading to a therapy dog at the New Buffalo Township Library, learn about education inclusion and venture to a classroom of engineering and design students for GoBabyGo!

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      GoBabyGo!

      Engineering and community service combine at Edgewood Middle School's GoBabyGo!. Junior high students at this Warsaw school alongside engineering mentors design and build customized toy riding jeeps f... (Show More)

      Engineering and community service combine at Edgewood Middle School's GoBabyGo!. Junior high students at this Warsaw school alongside engineering mentors design and build customized toy riding jeeps for toddlers with mobility issues.

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      Digital Storm

      Lincoln Jr. High in Plymouth gives students a head start in television and podcast production. Students in the program have access to real cameras, lights, mics and other studio equipment. Digital Sto... (Show More)

      Lincoln Jr. High in Plymouth gives students a head start in television and podcast production. Students in the program have access to real cameras, lights, mics and other studio equipment. Digital Storm, as it's called is a great way for students to start their journey with media production and help build confidence and structure.

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      Read to a Therapy Dog

      Children who are learning to read are often hesitant about their reading abilities. Many kids feel more at ease reading to pets, who are simply there to listen—not to judge how well they are rea... (Show More)

      Children who are learning to read are often hesitant about their reading abilities. Many kids feel more at ease reading to pets, who are simply there to listen—not to judge how well they are reading. Studies have shown that children who read to dogs achieve higher end-of-year reading scores. Young readers can practice reading skills at the New Buffalo Township Library once a week in a new Read to a Therapy Dog session.

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      Education Inclusion

      Students are able to learn better when there is a greater sense of openness within the classroom. These can be done through conversation or action. We take a look at ways educators can... (Show More)

      Students are able to learn better when there is a greater sense of openness within the classroom. These can be done through conversation or action. We take a look at ways educators can lead their classrooms in ways that are equitable and inclusive.        

  • Episode

    April 13th, 2022

    Airdate: April 13, 2022

    On this week's episode of Education Counts, we draw inspiration from students at Southwestern Michigan College in their creative art process, learn how to foster courageous dialogues in schools, exper... (Show More)

    On this week's episode of Education Counts, we draw inspiration from students at Southwestern Michigan College in their creative art process, learn how to foster courageous dialogues in schools, experience what makes Positive Outlook empowering to students and get a behind-the-scenes look at #ENOUGH: Plays to End Gun Violence.

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      Creative Art Process

      Expression through art can be a powerful thing. Students at Southwestern Michigan College got the chance to explore this through the combination of writing and artwork that make up graphic novels. The... (Show More)

      Expression through art can be a powerful thing. Students at Southwestern Michigan College got the chance to explore this through the combination of writing and artwork that make up graphic novels. They even got the chance to create themselves in graphic novel form.

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      Fostering Courageous Dialogues

      Language is a powerful tool. It can be used to express one's feeling and viewpoints. The best way to learn how to understand others though is through a back and forth dialogue. And when tougher issues... (Show More)

      Language is a powerful tool. It can be used to express one's feeling and viewpoints. The best way to learn how to understand others though is through a back and forth dialogue. And when tougher issues are discussed in a calm and rational way, these are called courageous dialogues.

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      #ENOUGH: Plays to End Gun Violence

      #ENOUGH: Plays to End Gun Violence calls on teens to confront gun violence by creating new works of theatre that will spark critical conversations and inspire meaningful action in communities across t... (Show More)

      #ENOUGH: Plays to End Gun Violence calls on teens to confront gun violence by creating new works of theatre that will spark critical conversations and inspire meaningful action in communities across the country. The South Bend Civic Theatre is one of many theatres across the country producing a set of plays for April 20.

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      Positive Outlook

      Positive Outlook may appear to be an organized sports club but it is much more than that. The program teaches students the power of teamwork, leadership and other life skills through sports and mentor... (Show More)

      Positive Outlook may appear to be an organized sports club but it is much more than that. The program teaches students the power of teamwork, leadership and other life skills through sports and mentoring in grades 3 – 12.  

  • Episode

    March 30th, 2022

    Airdate: March 30, 2022

    Education Counts Michiana seeks programs and initiatives in education that inspire the community and engage the educator and student. This week we feature a robotics program at South Bend Career Acade... (Show More)

    Education Counts Michiana seeks programs and initiatives in education that inspire the community and engage the educator and student. This week we feature a robotics program at South Bend Career Academy, mental health & wellbeing training for teachers, how the MOVE program in enabling students with mobility limitations and experts share ideas on how to teach like a park ranger.

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      Teaching Like a Park Ranger

      Kids can learn whether they're inside the classroom or out in nature. Park Rangers and Naturalists are educators in their own way. We take a look at how the ways of these experts on the great outdoors... (Show More)

      Kids can learn whether they're inside the classroom or out in nature. Park Rangers and Naturalists are educators in their own way. We take a look at how the ways of these experts on the great outdoors can be used inside the traditional classroom.

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      Classroom WISE

      Teachers spend a lot of time with their students and that means they need to be able to recognize mental well being. Classroom WISE provides training and additional tools to help teachers see the sign... (Show More)

      Teachers spend a lot of time with their students and that means they need to be able to recognize mental well being. Classroom WISE provides training and additional tools to help teachers see the signs of trouble and how to proceed.

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      Career Academy Robotics Team 5484

      South Bend Career Academy's Robotics team competed and won the Tech Valley Regional Robotics competition in New York. With the skills taught to them on the team, the students involved are learning tha... (Show More)

      South Bend Career Academy's Robotics team competed and won the Tech Valley Regional Robotics competition in New York. With the skills taught to them on the team, the students involved are learning that they can be transferred into all parts of their life outside of school

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      Berrien RESA - MOVE program

      Getting around their classroom gives students the chance to do things on their own for the first time. Berrien RESA - MOVE is a program that gives the mobility impaired students the freedom to walk an... (Show More)

      Getting around their classroom gives students the chance to do things on their own for the first time. Berrien RESA - MOVE is a program that gives the mobility impaired students the freedom to walk and engage with their surroundings. Students are given a sense of freedom with the MOVE systems making even simple tasks like walking to their favorite activity easy for them.

  • Episode

    March 23rd, 2022

    Airdate: March 23, 2022

    March 23rd, 2022

    March 23rd, 2022

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      Coastline Children's Film Festival

      The Coastline Children's Film Festival returns to in person screening and events for children and families. 22 films from 12 states are on the docket and the festival has expanded with new collaborati... (Show More)

      The Coastline Children's Film Festival returns to in person screening and events for children and families. 22 films from 12 states are on the docket and the festival has expanded with new collaborations and locations for screenings and community engagement.

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      PathwayU

      What a person will do with their life can sometimes be difficult to figure out. PathwayU provides a series of assessments that can help someone find the track that is right for them. We take a look at... (Show More)

      What a person will do with their life can sometimes be difficult to figure out. PathwayU provides a series of assessments that can help someone find the track that is right for them. We take a look at how Grace College in Winona Lake uses this assessment system to guide their incoming students.

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      Lincoln Leads

      It's never too early to learn about leadership and service. To learn these skills, the students at Lincoln Jr. High School in Plymouth can take part in Lincoln Leads. Students take part in various com... (Show More)

      It's never too early to learn about leadership and service. To learn these skills, the students at Lincoln Jr. High School in Plymouth can take part in Lincoln Leads. Students take part in various community service projects throughout the school year and find out what it means to give back.

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      Gentelmen & Scholars - School of Etiquette and Life Skills

      Gentlemen and Scholars provides training for young men and women. Participants in the School of Etiquette and Life Skills learn about public speaking, financial health, etiquette and other skills that... (Show More)

      Gentlemen and Scholars provides training for young men and women. Participants in the School of Etiquette and Life Skills learn about public speaking, financial health, etiquette and other skills that help kids succeed in school. The eight week program empowers students every step of the way.

  • Episode

    January 19th, 2022 and March 9th, 2022

    Airdate: March 9, 2022

    02/02/2022

    02/02/2022

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      Beacon Scholars

      Worker shortages are popping up everywhere. One area that effects the health and well being of everyone is in the nursing field. Beacon Health System and Ivy Tech Community College have partnered up t... (Show More)

      Worker shortages are popping up everywhere. One area that effects the health and well being of everyone is in the nursing field. Beacon Health System and Ivy Tech Community College have partnered up to launch Beacon Scholars. This program will help educate future nurses and work towards alleviating the nursing shortage.

  • Episode

    February 9th, 2022 and February 22th, 2022

    Airdate: February 22, 2022

    Education Counts Michiana seeks to promote education inside and outside schools by highlighting programs and initiatives that are innovative and engaging. This week we spotlight four regional stories ... (Show More)

    Education Counts Michiana seeks to promote education inside and outside schools by highlighting programs and initiatives that are innovative and engaging. This week we spotlight four regional stories in education. We explore the value of teaching kindness and meet an author of a children's book about the gift of giving. The Wagon Wheel Conservatory is a place where students can learn about theater on stage and backstage. We speak to an expert about how to choose the right educational toy for a child. We watch architecture students at the University of Notre Dame participate in a hand drawing marathon and learn about the disappearing skill in the trade.

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      Little Netta's Gift

      Learning to be kind isn't just good etiquette, it's also an important part of social emotional learning. One of the best ways for kids to learn these lessons is through examples. The story of Little N... (Show More)

      Learning to be kind isn't just good etiquette, it's also an important part of social emotional learning. One of the best ways for kids to learn these lessons is through examples. The story of Little Netta is meant as a way to show just how powerful kindness can be.

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      Educational Toys

      Play is an important part of development and there are many different kinds of toys to choose from. Deciding which toys work best for a child's development while also being enjoyable can sometimes be ... (Show More)

      Play is an important part of development and there are many different kinds of toys to choose from. Deciding which toys work best for a child's development while also being enjoyable can sometimes be a tricky. We take a look at some of the ways to determine the right toys for learning.

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    January 26th, 2022 and February 16th, 2022

    Airdate: February 16, 2022

    Education Counts Michiana highlights educational programs and initiatives that impact our community. This week we feature apprenticeships through Michigan Works! We sit in on a class of middle school ... (Show More)

    Education Counts Michiana highlights educational programs and initiatives that impact our community. This week we feature apprenticeships through Michigan Works! We sit in on a class of middle school students learning about the U.S. Constitution. We get an early look at how BizTown will teach students about business at ETHOS Innovation Center. We see how the Center for Civic Innovation is aiding students in literacy tutoring.

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      Michigan Works! Apprenticeships

      Apprenticeships have been making a comeback in the United States. They provide the chance for companies in a many sectors to find and cultivate the talent they need to move their business forward. We ... (Show More)

      Apprenticeships have been making a comeback in the United States. They provide the chance for companies in a many sectors to find and cultivate the talent they need to move their business forward. We take a look at how Michigan Works! is encouraging local companies to attract talent through the apprenticeship model.

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      JA BizTown at ETHOS

      An educational opportunity is coming to the ETHOS Innovation Center. Junior Achievement's BizTown is a miniature city where 5th and 6th graders learn what it takes to run a city. The students become b... (Show More)

      An educational opportunity is coming to the ETHOS Innovation Center. Junior Achievement's BizTown is a miniature city where 5th and 6th graders learn what it takes to run a city. The students become business owners and elected officials in this unique approach.

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    October 6th and October 13th, 2021

    Airdate: October 13, 2021

    October 6th, 2021

    October 6th, 2021

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      Camp Mariposa

      Here's a sobering fact: children who have a family member dealing with addiction are four times more likely to become addicts themselves. That's why it's important to help these young people break tha... (Show More)

      Here's a sobering fact: children who have a family member dealing with addiction are four times more likely to become addicts themselves. That's why it's important to help these young people break that cycle. Where better to build coping skills and confidence... than camp? Camp Mariposa is a free weekend camp in St Joseph County where kids talk about addiction, trust each other, and have fun doing it.

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      Indiana Master Naturalist Program

      You may have heard of Master Gardeners, but have you ever thought about becoming a Master Naturalist? This multi-week environmental education program connects learners with more than a dozen experts o... (Show More)

      You may have heard of Master Gardeners, but have you ever thought about becoming a Master Naturalist? This multi-week environmental education program connects learners with more than a dozen experts on Indiana's natural resources. After digging deep into everything from water to wildlife, these learners then become volunteer educators themselves.

  • Episode

    September 8th, 2021 and September 22nd, 2021

    Airdate: September 22, 2021

    Education Counts Michiana showcases some of the best programs and initiatives in education. We're always looking for ideas in teaching and learning that range from pre-k to lifelong learning. This wee... (Show More)

    Education Counts Michiana showcases some of the best programs and initiatives in education. We're always looking for ideas in teaching and learning that range from pre-k to lifelong learning. This week we visited the Learning Gardens in Elkhart, EdTech in the Bend, Dial-A-Story in LaPorte and Project Lead the Way in Berrien Springs.

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      Learning Gardens

      Kids need more time outside. Can they do that without leaving the classroom? In Elkhart, the answer is yes. The Elkhart Education Foundation calls these outdoor classrooms Learning Gardens, but the ki... (Show More)

      Kids need more time outside. Can they do that without leaving the classroom? In Elkhart, the answer is yes. The Elkhart Education Foundation calls these outdoor classrooms Learning Gardens, but the kids just call them "fun."

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      EdTech in the Bend Conference

      In September, educators from all over Michiana will come to South Bend to improve their use of technology in the classroom. The annual conference is called EdTech in the Bend, where attendees can expe... (Show More)

      In September, educators from all over Michiana will come to South Bend to improve their use of technology in the classroom. The annual conference is called EdTech in the Bend, where attendees can expect to learn new tips and tricks from the experts... and from each other.

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    August 25th, 2021

    Airdate: August 25, 2021

    Education Counts Michiana celebrates innovative ideas in teaching and learning. This week we visit a site that enables students of all ability to engage with reading in different formats. See how Amer... (Show More)

    Education Counts Michiana celebrates innovative ideas in teaching and learning. This week we visit a site that enables students of all ability to engage with reading in different formats. See how AmeriCorps in impacting learning and teaching in our region. Make IN Move is bridging the gap between students and advanced manufacturing. Discover how project-based fellowships and public private partnering retain local talent and innovation.

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      AmeriCorps

      A federal program that helps volunteers develop new educational programs also helps them further their own education. They’re not going abroad with the Peace Corps, but doing a year of service r... (Show More)

      A federal program that helps volunteers develop new educational programs also helps them further their own education. They’re not going abroad with the Peace Corps, but doing a year of service right here in Michiana with AmeriCorps.

  • Episode

    August 18th, 2021

    Airdate: August 18, 2021

    Education Counts features program and initiatives that are expanding ideas in education. This week, learn about how to talk to children about race and racism and D321gner Space in Elkhart County is cr... (Show More)

    Education Counts features program and initiatives that are expanding ideas in education. This week, learn about how to talk to children about race and racism and D321gner Space in Elkhart County is creating programs that are inclusive of children with all abilities. Find out how Citywide Classroom is making wifi available to children in need and learn how ActivityHero connects kids and opportunities for learning and fun.

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      D321gner Space

      In Elkhart County, D321gner Space, a new nonprofit is creating new spaces for special needs children. This program's unique model will allow typical and atypical children to learn with e... (Show More)

      In Elkhart County, D321gner Space, a new nonprofit is creating new spaces for special needs children. This program's unique model will allow typical and atypical children to learn with each other, and from each other.        

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    June 9th, 2021 and August 11th, 2021

    Airdate: August 11, 2021

    Education Counts seeks programs in education that empower students of all ages. This week, learn how Dial-A-Story engages those young and old in search of a story read aloud. Discover how the Snite Mu... (Show More)

    Education Counts seeks programs in education that empower students of all ages. This week, learn how Dial-A-Story engages those young and old in search of a story read aloud. Discover how the Snite Museum of Art is bringing together adults and children to learn together. Find out how teenager mental health is top of mind in Warsaw. Follow Project Lead the Way in Berrien Springs.

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      Side-by-Side Saturday

      The Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame presents Side-By-Side Saturdays. The program hopes to continue educating children about the beauty in nature. Their classes are held via Zoom, b... (Show More)

      The Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame presents Side-By-Side Saturdays. The program hopes to continue educating children about the beauty in nature. Their classes are held via Zoom, but promise to provide educational enrichment about art and the environment around us.

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      Teenager Mental Health

      As the days grow longer and hotter, it can be easy to forget that the importance of mental health does not go away. And after a roller coaster of a school year, teens could be feeling ev... (Show More)

      As the days grow longer and hotter, it can be easy to forget that the importance of mental health does not go away. And after a roller coaster of a school year, teens could be feeling even more pressure than usual. We take a look at the services young people in Warsaw can use to keep them in the right state of mind.        

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      Project Lead the Way

      Project Lead The Way is a program in Berrien Springs that helps guide students along possible career pathways with hands on learning. This program hopes to inspire kids to keep high aspirations by int... (Show More)

      Project Lead The Way is a program in Berrien Springs that helps guide students along possible career pathways with hands on learning. This program hopes to inspire kids to keep high aspirations by introducing them to biology, engineering, and many other career options so that they can have an idea of what they could possibly pursue after high school.

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      Dial-A-Story

      Nothing beats hearing a story read out loud. The La Porte County Public Library's Dial-A-Story program provides age appropriate stories for children, teens and even adults. We take a look and a listen... (Show More)

      Nothing beats hearing a story read out loud. The La Porte County Public Library's Dial-A-Story program provides age appropriate stories for children, teens and even adults. We take a look and a listen at how these stories are brought to life.

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    June 23rd, 2021 and August 4th, 2021

    Airdate: August 4, 2021

    This week on Education Counts, we discover a pre-kindergarten program that the South Bend Community School Corporation created for the community. We visit the Wagon Wheel Conservatory, a new learning ... (Show More)

    This week on Education Counts, we discover a pre-kindergarten program that the South Bend Community School Corporation created for the community. We visit the Wagon Wheel Conservatory, a new learning space for those who want experience in theatre. We learn about the Field Scholar Program at Bethel University which is fast-tracking working students. We see how instruments are creating a bridge to other cultures at the Discovery Enrichment Center.

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      Pre-K Program Launch

      The mission of Pre-K programs is to provide as many kids as possible with a high quality educational foundation. Starting this fall the South Bend Community School Corporation will becom... (Show More)

      The mission of Pre-K programs is to provide as many kids as possible with a high quality educational foundation. Starting this fall the South Bend Community School Corporation will become part of that mission by launching three programs at no cost to parents.        

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      Field Scholar Program

      A college degree can be a valuable tool when it comes to career paths. But the cost of attending college often keeps people away. The Field Scholar Program at Bethel University in Mishawaka partners w... (Show More)

      A college degree can be a valuable tool when it comes to career paths. But the cost of attending college often keeps people away. The Field Scholar Program at Bethel University in Mishawaka partners with local employers to provide either a low or no debt option for students to earn their degree.

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    June 16th, 2021 and July 21st, 2021

    Airdate: July 21, 2021

    Tonight's episode features a new STEAM Lab in Middlebury which is part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County. Cybersecurity Classes offered by Purdue University Global and Purdue University. The... (Show More)

    Tonight's episode features a new STEAM Lab in Middlebury which is part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County. Cybersecurity Classes offered by Purdue University Global and Purdue University. The ONE mental health campaign launched at School City of Mishawaka. Business education classes at Saint Mary's College, through the SPARK Business Accelerator program of the Women's Entrepreneurship Initiative.

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      Cybersecurity Programs

      Through the Internet, our world has become more connected than ever. This means people and businesses need to know how to protect themselves from unseen attacks. Purdue University and Purdue Global of... (Show More)

      Through the Internet, our world has become more connected than ever. This means people and businesses need to know how to protect themselves from unseen attacks. Purdue University and Purdue Global offer classes for people who are looking to enter the cybersecurity field or just want to build up their own skills.

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      Middlebury Boys & Girls Clubs STEAM Lab

      The Middlebury site of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Elkhart County is now offering kids the chance to get even more hands on education through its brand new STEAM Lab. Along with the science and math s... (Show More)

      The Middlebury site of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Elkhart County is now offering kids the chance to get even more hands on education through its brand new STEAM Lab. Along with the science and math skills, kids will be able to grow through the arts in this nurturing environment.

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      SPARK Business Accelerator

      SPARK Business Accelerator at Saint Mary's College is a 13-week program within the Women's Entrepreneurship Initiative. It empowers women with business knowledge and personal development to start or l... (Show More)

      SPARK Business Accelerator at Saint Mary's College is a 13-week program within the Women's Entrepreneurship Initiative. It empowers women with business knowledge and personal development to start or launch their business. The program has also created a network community for business owners and mentors.

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      ONE mental health campaign

      School City of Mishawaka has launched the ONE mental health campaign. The goal of One is to promote mental wellness, reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness, and connect students and staff with r... (Show More)

      School City of Mishawaka has launched the ONE mental health campaign. The goal of One is to promote mental wellness, reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness, and connect students and staff with resources that support these efforts. The program helps create ongoing conversations around mental health.

  • Episode

    June 2nd, 2021 and July 14th, 2021

    Airdate: July 14, 2021

    Education Counts looks for the best ideas in education across our region. This week we sit in on an African drumming kindergarten music class. We visit the expanded Robinson Center Learning Center and... (Show More)

    Education Counts looks for the best ideas in education across our region. This week we sit in on an African drumming kindergarten music class. We visit the expanded Robinson Center Learning Center and see how the accredited program includes preschool for community families. Learn about how the Wagon Wheel Conservatory offers programs for students and adults who want to learn about theater production. See dinosaurs up close in Mishawaka Parks while using a new AR app.

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      Early Childhood Program

      The Robinson Community Learning Center in South Bend has been providing a preschool program for the past decade, but it was only available to the children of adults on site. After moving into its new ... (Show More)

      The Robinson Community Learning Center in South Bend has been providing a preschool program for the past decade, but it was only available to the children of adults on site. After moving into its new home, now offers high quality early childhood education to the public.

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      Dinosaur Discovery

      Dinosaurs are a popular interest to many young explorers. Because they Earth millions of years ago, it can be hard to picture what they may have looked like roaming around. A new augmented reality exp... (Show More)

      Dinosaurs are a popular interest to many young explorers. Because they Earth millions of years ago, it can be hard to picture what they may have looked like roaming around. A new augmented reality experience through the Mishawaka Parks and Recreation Department will let little learners see dinosaurs in a modern-day setting.

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      Wagon Wheel Conservatory

      The Wagon Wheel Conservatory gives students the opportunity to know what it takes to play a part in large productions. With courses run by experienced theater professionals, they teach students the im... (Show More)

      The Wagon Wheel Conservatory gives students the opportunity to know what it takes to play a part in large productions. With courses run by experienced theater professionals, they teach students the importance of finding their own unique-authentic voices on stage or behind the scenes.

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      African Drumming and Music Program

      At the Discovery Enrichment Center in Benton Harbor, students are given the opportunity to learn through various social and cognitive activities and programs. The new African Drumming and Music Progra... (Show More)

      At the Discovery Enrichment Center in Benton Harbor, students are given the opportunity to learn through various social and cognitive activities and programs. The new African Drumming and Music Program teaches students about different instruments and gives them the opportunity to play and learn through sound.

  • Episode

    May 19th, 2021

    Airdate: May 19, 2021

    Education Counts Michiana serves up more stories about education that are impactful inside and outside the classroom. This week, learn how the Empowerment Zone includes families in the philosophy of e... (Show More)

    Education Counts Michiana serves up more stories about education that are impactful inside and outside the classroom. This week, learn how the Empowerment Zone includes families in the philosophy of education. See how the Master It Classes are teaching financial independence in student loan debt and home ownership. Staying in the financial theme, My Dollar, Your Dollar is a children's book series about the power of investing. Neighbor to Neighbor is a community program that helps the transition from refugee to new resident and navigating the new surroundings.

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      Neighbor to Neighbor

      Imagine leaving your home and finding yourself in a place where nothing seems familiar. This is the reality for refugees who have made their way to the United States. Neighbor to Neighbo... (Show More)

      Imagine leaving your home and finding yourself in a place where nothing seems familiar. This is the reality for refugees who have made their way to the United States. Neighbor to Neighbor works to connect these people with others from the Michiana area to help them learn about their new surroundings.        

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      My Dollar, Your Dollar

      "My Dollar, Your Dollar" is a book written by Latoya Holmes, an entrepreneur with a deep passion for children. She wants to instill in parents, that there are other valuable things to teach a child as... (Show More)

      "My Dollar, Your Dollar" is a book written by Latoya Holmes, an entrepreneur with a deep passion for children. She wants to instill in parents, that there are other valuable things to teach a child aside from the basics. Investments and trading are two things that she covers in her children's book that she hopes will help their futures and give them a head start towards acquiring generational wealth.

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      Empowerment Zone

      The South Bend Empowerment Zone is an organization that sees where improvements need to be made towards a child's education, and they are doing what it takes to ensure that their is a progressive flow... (Show More)

      The South Bend Empowerment Zone is an organization that sees where improvements need to be made towards a child's education, and they are doing what it takes to ensure that their is a progressive flow from elementary to middle and beyond. They do so by providing much needed love, support, and empowerment to the families that attend their schools.

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      Master It Series

      Becoming a master of your own finances is an important step towards independence and stability. Lacasa, in Goshen has a set of five classes known as the Master It Series. Participants learn how to bes... (Show More)

      Becoming a master of your own finances is an important step towards independence and stability. Lacasa, in Goshen has a set of five classes known as the Master It Series. Participants learn how to best manage their money in areas like student loan debt and home ownership.

  • Episode

    May 12th, 2021

    Airdate: May 12, 2021

    Education Counts Michiana is always looking for the best practice in educating young and old. This week, learn about the Cicada Safari and how you can become a citizen scientist. Discover how stories ... (Show More)

    Education Counts Michiana is always looking for the best practice in educating young and old. This week, learn about the Cicada Safari and how you can become a citizen scientist. Discover how stories come to life through Little Learners Story Time in Plymouth. See how students are learning about golf indoors and out at South Bend's oldest golf course. Find out how to navigate internships that lead to career paths through Work and Learn Indiana.

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      Cicada Safari

      Broods of cicadas only emerge once every 17 years. This summer Brood X will be emerging across multiple states. Cicada Safari is an app designed to let anyone with a smart phone document these cicadas... (Show More)

      Broods of cicadas only emerge once every 17 years. This summer Brood X will be emerging across multiple states. Cicada Safari is an app designed to let anyone with a smart phone document these cicadas and help scientists study these noisy insects.

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      First Tee Indiana

      There's more to sports than just playing a game. The First Tee Network uses golf to build young people's character and instill life lessons. We take a look at how the Michiana location is teaching you... (Show More)

      There's more to sports than just playing a game. The First Tee Network uses golf to build young people's character and instill life lessons. We take a look at how the Michiana location is teaching young people both on the links and at their new learning center at the Studebaker Golf Course.

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      Little Learners Program

      Plymouth Public Library’s Little Learner’s program aims to make story time so much more than reading. They believe that the best way for a child to learn is through play. Their aim is to e... (Show More)

      Plymouth Public Library’s Little Learner’s program aims to make story time so much more than reading. They believe that the best way for a child to learn is through play. Their aim is to educate children in the community in fun and interactive ways that get them out in nature and spending time with some furry friends.

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      Work and Learn Indiana

      Work and Learn Indiana, formally known as InternNet, is a site that at one point only helped connect students and employers to college internships across the state. Though their mission hasn’t c... (Show More)

      Work and Learn Indiana, formally known as InternNet, is a site that at one point only helped connect students and employers to college internships across the state. Though their mission hasn’t change, they now hope to help connect high schoolers, career changers, and other opportunity seekers find the right career paths for them, through their easy to navigate site.

  • Episode

    May 5th, 2021

    Airdate: May 5, 2021

    Education Counts Michiana is always on the lookout for innovative educational programs. This week we met Page the Puppy to discover how preschoolers are learning to love reading. The Thought Leadershi... (Show More)

    Education Counts Michiana is always on the lookout for innovative educational programs. This week we met Page the Puppy to discover how preschoolers are learning to love reading. The Thought Leadership Program is connecting educational ideas and excellence. See how the YMCA in Kosciusko Counts has created inclusive programs for people of all abilities. Learn how CAPS is providing child abuse awareness training in Elkhart.

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      Thought Leadership Conference

      Creating a culture of inclusion, diversity and equity is important to consider in this day and age. One of the best ways to learn about the best ways to create this understanding is by bringing togeth... (Show More)

      Creating a culture of inclusion, diversity and equity is important to consider in this day and age. One of the best ways to learn about the best ways to create this understanding is by bringing together people to discuss these areas. We look at how the Thought Leadership Conference brings together leaders from around the world to share their ideas.

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      Child Abuse Awareness

      Anyone who works with children on a regular basis learns how to spot the warning signs of child abuse or neglect. But people who don't work with kids may not know them. That's why organizations like C... (Show More)

      Anyone who works with children on a regular basis learns how to spot the warning signs of child abuse or neglect. But people who don't work with kids may not know them. That's why organizations like CAPS in Elkhart provide training to members of the community to help keep kids safe and healthy.

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      Kosciusko Community YMCA Inclusive Programming

      The YMCA of Kosciusko County wants to ensure that all their guest are being accommodated, and that includes anyone with special needs. Their aim is to introduce more inclusive programs for both young ... (Show More)

      The YMCA of Kosciusko County wants to ensure that all their guest are being accommodated, and that includes anyone with special needs. Their aim is to introduce more inclusive programs for both young and old.

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      Crossroads United Way: Page the Puppy Program

      Crossroads United Way's Page the Puppy is an initiative that is designed to engage families and help improve the skill development of children entering school. Page is the star of a series of four bil... (Show More)

      Crossroads United Way's Page the Puppy is an initiative that is designed to engage families and help improve the skill development of children entering school. Page is the star of a series of four bilingual books in English and Spanish and activity kits that are being distributed at no cost to incoming Goshen Community Schools kindergarteners and their families.

  • Episode

    April 21st, 2021

    Airdate: April 21, 2021

    Education Counts Michiana celebrates programs and initiatives that are impacting our region in and out of classrooms. This week learn what students at Concord will learn by participating in esports. H... (Show More)

    Education Counts Michiana celebrates programs and initiatives that are impacting our region in and out of classrooms. This week learn what students at Concord will learn by participating in esports. Hornets and Hippos are an educational guide for children and parents to learn about anxiety, mental health and mindfulness. See how the state of Michigan is helping adult students go back to school in the Reconnect Program. Discover the three things needed in education - innovation, collaboration and funding.

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      Hornets and Hippos

      Dr. Margaret Ann Jessop is a licensed child psychologist who since her early twenties as a preschool teacher, had a passion for educating children and writing stories catered towards them. She hopes t... (Show More)

      Dr. Margaret Ann Jessop is a licensed child psychologist who since her early twenties as a preschool teacher, had a passion for educating children and writing stories catered towards them. She hopes that through her books Hornets & Hippos, she can convey her knowledge about attachment theory, mindfulness, and neuropsychology interventionism, as a means to prevent problems and address developing ones in children. One book is filled with relatable stories about dealing with anxiety and mental difficulties, the other is an interactive guide with cool activities to help children understand the brain functions, mindfulness techniques, and much more.

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      3 Important Things in Education

      There are many factors to weigh when it comes to graduation and employment rates for Indiana residents. By looking at it from a macro level we can all see where and how we are helping and distributing... (Show More)

      There are many factors to weigh when it comes to graduation and employment rates for Indiana residents. By looking at it from a macro level we can all see where and how we are helping and distributing aid across the state, so that students and workers can aim their efforts higher. Brian Wiebe, CEO of the Horizon Education Alliance, talks to us briefly about what we have been doing and where we could go, when making sure Indiana residents are getting the most "bang for their buck" in their educational pursuits.

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      Concord High School Esports Team

      Being part of a team can build confidence and pride. To give everyone the opportunity to compete, Concord High School launched its very own Esports team. But as we'll see, it's not just about playing ... (Show More)

      Being part of a team can build confidence and pride. To give everyone the opportunity to compete, Concord High School launched its very own Esports team. But as we'll see, it's not just about playing different kinds of video games.

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      Michigan Reconnect

      Life never stops moving and finding time and money to go back to school isn't always easy. To help make getting those advanced skills easier, the state of Michigan launched the Reconnect Program. Elig... (Show More)

      Life never stops moving and finding time and money to go back to school isn't always easy. To help make getting those advanced skills easier, the state of Michigan launched the Reconnect Program. Eligible applicants are able to take courses at schools like Lake Michigan College for no cost.

  • Episode

    April 14th, 2021

    Airdate: April 14, 2021

    Education Counts Michiana is always spotlighting regional and national programs and initiatives that impact education and put it in a positive light. This week learn about the child well being dashboa... (Show More)

    Education Counts Michiana is always spotlighting regional and national programs and initiatives that impact education and put it in a positive light. This week learn about the child well being dashboard in Elkhart. Go on location for a production shoot that is turning one senior's script into a film at John Adams High School. Students who need help with homework have a hotline - AskRose. See how the Promise Scholarship in Michigan City can help students continue learning beyond high school.

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      Elkhart County Child Dashboard

      A child's well being is an important thing to always keep in mind. Tracking these points though can be difficult. To better understand this information and implement change, Elkhart County has partner... (Show More)

      A child's well being is an important thing to always keep in mind. Tracking these points though can be difficult. To better understand this information and implement change, Elkhart County has partnered community leaders to create the very first Child Well Being Data Dashboard.

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      AskRose Homework Helpline

      Homework assignments are meant to reinforce the lesson students are being taught at school. But there are times when a student may be struggling with the work. To help, the Rose Hulman Institute of Te... (Show More)

      Homework assignments are meant to reinforce the lesson students are being taught at school. But there are times when a student may be struggling with the work. To help, the Rose Hulman Institute of Technology created the AskRose homework help line. This service provides virtual tutors that make sure their students are gaining a firm grasp of all the material.

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      Pigasus Pictures Presents Renegade

      Renegade is a screenplay written by Sam Stanton, a South Bend Adams High School senior. Renegade is about a near perfect student who decides to break out of his norm on the last day of school. The Scr... (Show More)

      Renegade is a screenplay written by Sam Stanton, a South Bend Adams High School senior. Renegade is about a near perfect student who decides to break out of his norm on the last day of school. The Screenplay was selected in a statewide contest sponsored by Pigasus Pictures of Bloomington, Ind., for professional development this spring.

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      Michigan City's Promise Scholarship

      The Promise Scholarship for Michigan City high schoolers isn't just about ensuring payment towards a college education. It's about building the community and taking a load off of families. Their missi... (Show More)

      The Promise Scholarship for Michigan City high schoolers isn't just about ensuring payment towards a college education. It's about building the community and taking a load off of families. Their mission is to show the importance and to raise performance of their students' educational aspirations.

  • Episode

    April 7th, 2021

    Airdate: April 7, 2021

    Education Counts Michiana features programs and initiatives in education that impact our region. This week, we celebrate the Ken Burns' documentary about Ernest Hemingway. Our feature is an educationa... (Show More)

    Education Counts Michiana features programs and initiatives in education that impact our region. This week, we celebrate the Ken Burns' documentary about Ernest Hemingway. Our feature is an educational exhibit in Benton Harbor that connects Michigan to Cuba through a sculptor and imagination. Learn what 20% Time is and how free time can cultivate growth in students. School Without Walls is a program in Elkhart that is empowering students and their success in education. See how Hoosier Talent Network connects employers and potential employees and skills.

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      20% Time

      The mind does its best work in times of free time and expression. 20% Time is an approach that can be used at any school level to promote creativity and growth in students. We explore how it works and... (Show More)

      The mind does its best work in times of free time and expression. 20% Time is an approach that can be used at any school level to promote creativity and growth in students. We explore how it works and ways it can be applied.

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      Hoosier Talent Network

      The Hoosier Talent Network is a new way for employers and potential employees to connect. Job seekers are able to post what their skills while employers can search by what skills they ne... (Show More)

      The Hoosier Talent Network is a new way for employers and potential employees to connect. Job seekers are able to post what their skills while employers can search by what skills they need a person to have. It all serves as a way to create a larger talent pool and find the best employment opportunities.        

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      Elkhart's School Without Walls

      The School Without Walls in Elkhart, is a place where students within the Elkhart School District are able to get their education in a less traditional way. They pride themselves on individualized lea... (Show More)

      The School Without Walls in Elkhart, is a place where students within the Elkhart School District are able to get their education in a less traditional way. They pride themselves on individualized learning, and a flexible schedule for students. This is their way of being realistic and practical about the modern needs of students, while also ensuring that they are constantly making strides towards graduation and higher education.

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      Ernest Hemingway Project

      The Ernest Hemingway project aims to help people learn more about this legendary author, but also informing the Benton Harbor community about his roots in Cuba. This is all in an effort to educate and... (Show More)

      The Ernest Hemingway project aims to help people learn more about this legendary author, but also informing the Benton Harbor community about his roots in Cuba. This is all in an effort to educate and inform people about his life and the influence Cuba had on his writings. As well as inspire people to travel more.

  • Episode

    March 17th, 2021

    Airdate: March 17, 2021

    On this week's episode of Education Counts Michiana, discover how the Niles District Library has created Video Games Dialogues and how it leads to artful conversations. South Bend Code School teaches ... (Show More)

    On this week's episode of Education Counts Michiana, discover how the Niles District Library has created Video Games Dialogues and how it leads to artful conversations. South Bend Code School teaches students how to design through coding and offers knowledge to all ages. Mama's Against Violence teaches the civics of violence, social justice and restoring community. The Coastline Children's Film Festival goes virtual.

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      Mama's Against Violence

      Violence is an inevitable yet very disrupting aspect of life. However mothers in the South Bend and Michiana area, who are the unwarranted victims of violence, want to educated the youth and community... (Show More)

      Violence is an inevitable yet very disrupting aspect of life. However mothers in the South Bend and Michiana area, who are the unwarranted victims of violence, want to educated the youth and community on how a violent act affects us all. They do this by spreading awareness and also providing a place of community and understanding for those who have lost a loved one to violence.

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      Coastline Children's Film Festival Goes Virtual

      For the past decade, the Coastline Children's Film Festival has been providing young people the chance to see movies they may have never seen other places. But the pandemic caused last year's festival... (Show More)

      For the past decade, the Coastline Children's Film Festival has been providing young people the chance to see movies they may have never seen other places. But the pandemic caused last year's festival to be canceled. This year, the festival has made a comeback through a virtual platform to bring the magic of these films into people's homes.

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      South Bend Code School Classes

      Learning how to write computer code at a young age can open up many different career pathways. We take a look at some of the ways the South Bend Code School is teaching a new generation of coders.

      Learning how to write computer code at a young age can open up many different career pathways. We take a look at some of the ways the South Bend Code School is teaching a new generation of coders.

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      Video Game Dialogues

      Video games are more than just a fun hobby to do in our free time. They are also loaded with easter eggs that can reveal historical and educational materials for players. At the Niles District Library... (Show More)

      Video games are more than just a fun hobby to do in our free time. They are also loaded with easter eggs that can reveal historical and educational materials for players. At the Niles District Library, their Video Games Dialogue club, opens discussions to the community about these findings, while also giving people a place to socialize and build community in the midst of a pandemic.

  • Episode

    March 10th, 2021

    Airdate: March 10, 2021

    Catch another episode of Education Counts for more ideas in education. Learn how the Boys Scouts of America offers leadership and skills in education to everyone. See how Alpha Kappa Alpha is grooming... (Show More)

    Catch another episode of Education Counts for more ideas in education. Learn how the Boys Scouts of America offers leadership and skills in education to everyone. See how Alpha Kappa Alpha is grooming young ladies for success in education and life through training and scholarship opportunities. Discover how to become Bendable and acquire stackable skills through the St. Joseph County Public Library. Witness the I Am the Greatest project and how it is transforming students in its after-school program.

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      Bendable

      Being an adult doesn't mean there aren't still things out there to learn. Bendable is a multimedia platform where adults can learn anything from starting a business to learning parenting skills. We ta... (Show More)

      Being an adult doesn't mean there aren't still things out there to learn. Bendable is a multimedia platform where adults can learn anything from starting a business to learning parenting skills. We take a look at how Bendable has grown since it first launched.

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      The Boy Scouts and Education

      The Boy Scouts of America has been providing educational opportunities for more than a hundred years. We take a look at how scouting has worked to mold young leaders into becoming the best adults they... (Show More)

      The Boy Scouts of America has been providing educational opportunities for more than a hundred years. We take a look at how scouting has worked to mold young leaders into becoming the best adults they can be and find their own success.

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      Alpha Kappa Alphas Scholarship Cotillion

      Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's mission is to make sure that young minorities in the Michiana area, are continuing to break generational curses, by pursuing higher education. They do this with their scho... (Show More)

      Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's mission is to make sure that young minorities in the Michiana area, are continuing to break generational curses, by pursuing higher education. They do this with their scholarship cotillion that teaches, young ladies & their cotillion escorts, the importance of their value in society, as well as how to build vital connections for their futures. The ladies are then able to contend for scholarships from the sorority, towards their academic advancement.

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      ARS Gallery's 10 Year Anniversary of the "I Am the Greatest Project"

      John Suave is an artist from the Michiana area who rose to prominence in 2012, presenting 16 of his sculptures for the "I Am the Greatest" project at ARS Gallery. This project has since been in contin... (Show More)

      John Suave is an artist from the Michiana area who rose to prominence in 2012, presenting 16 of his sculptures for the "I Am the Greatest" project at ARS Gallery. This project has since been in continuance, spreading inspiration and creativity, to the community, through the gallery's workshops.

  • Episode

    March 3rd & 24th, 2021

    Airdate: March 3, 2021

    Education Counts highlights local and regional initiatives that are making a difference in Michiana. Learn where teenagers writers can get practice and feedback through the Get Inked Teen Writing Conf... (Show More)

    Education Counts highlights local and regional initiatives that are making a difference in Michiana. Learn where teenagers writers can get practice and feedback through the Get Inked Teen Writing Conference. Discover how Strong Beginnings helps parents and preschoolers be ready for the transition to kindergarten. The SPARC Project at the University of Notre Dame is helping build better communication skills and strengthen relationships in families with disabled children with siblings. See how Kindness to Prevent Blindness is helping children excel in the classroom.

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      Get Inked

      For writers to grow their skills, they need a place to learn and grow. But teenage writers don't usually have that place. To remedy this, Saint Mary's College hosts an annual teen writing conference c... (Show More)

      For writers to grow their skills, they need a place to learn and grow. But teenage writers don't usually have that place. To remedy this, Saint Mary's College hosts an annual teen writing conference called Get Inked. Young writers get the chance to present their work and receive feedback from published authors.

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      Strong Beginnings Pilot Preschool

      Parents can have a hard time finding childcare since there aren't many childcare opportunities for children aged 3 that fit within what they can afford. The Strong Beginnings childcare program at Marc... (Show More)

      Parents can have a hard time finding childcare since there aren't many childcare opportunities for children aged 3 that fit within what they can afford. The Strong Beginnings childcare program at Marcellus Elementary in Cassopolis aims to prepare 3-year-olds for their next step with early education, free of charge to the parents.

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      Kindness to Prevent Blindness

      When it comes to a child's education, vision needs aren't usually seen as a factor that can affect the outcome. The Kindness to Prevent Blindness program, sees this problem and wants to ensure that st... (Show More)

      When it comes to a child's education, vision needs aren't usually seen as a factor that can affect the outcome. The Kindness to Prevent Blindness program, sees this problem and wants to ensure that students are seeing clearly enough to accomplish their academic goals. They know that vitality of vision in learning and want to do their part to make sure that learning can continue to be seemless and fun for students.

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      The SPARC Project

      The SPARC Project at the University of Notre Dame is working to strengthen relationships and support communication in families with a child who is either intellectually or developmentally disabled. Th... (Show More)

      The SPARC Project at the University of Notre Dame is working to strengthen relationships and support communication in families with a child who is either intellectually or developmentally disabled. The other goal is to find the best ways to promote effective communication and conflict resolution.

  • Episode

    February 17th, 2021

    Airdate: February 17, 2021

    Education Counts looks for quality education and programs that impact our community. This week find out how a bilingual preschool at Jefferson Elementary in Plymouth is preparing students for kinderga... (Show More)

    Education Counts looks for quality education and programs that impact our community. This week find out how a bilingual preschool at Jefferson Elementary in Plymouth is preparing students for kindergarten. See how Jobs for Michigan's Graduates is arming students with skills for education, the workplace and life. Learn how 50/50 Mentoring at the Benton Harbor Readiness Center trains high school students for work and volunteerism while mentoring elementary students. Discover how the 21st Century Scholar Success Initiative will lead more students to college.

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      21st Century Scholar Success Initiative

      21st Century Scholars helps students not only get to college, but graduate and move in to the job market. Thanks to a grant from the Lilly Endowment, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County is w... (Show More)

      21st Century Scholars helps students not only get to college, but graduate and move in to the job market. Thanks to a grant from the Lilly Endowment, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County is working to make sure more area students are able to take part. The aim is to not only invest in the future of students, but also the future of local communities.

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      Jobs for Michigan Graduates

      Jobs for Michigan's Graduates works to provide students with the tools they need to not only succeed in education, but succeed in life. We take a look at how some of those who have taken part in the p... (Show More)

      Jobs for Michigan's Graduates works to provide students with the tools they need to not only succeed in education, but succeed in life. We take a look at how some of those who have taken part in the program have been able to use what they learned to work through even uncertain times.

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      Benton Harbor Readiness Center 50/50 Mentoring Program

      The Benton Harbor Readiness Center provides a safe after school environment for kids to get help with homework and provides teens with valuable work experience, through their 50/50 Mentoring Program. ... (Show More)

      The Benton Harbor Readiness Center provides a safe after school environment for kids to get help with homework and provides teens with valuable work experience, through their 50/50 Mentoring Program. They believe that it’s vital to the community, to provide both children and teens with stimulating and productive after school activities.

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      Bilingual Preschool

      Parents and children who aren’t fluent in English can have a hard time navigating the English language, culture and school expectations. That’s where Plymouth school, Jefferson Elementary,... (Show More)

      Parents and children who aren’t fluent in English can have a hard time navigating the English language, culture and school expectations. That’s where Plymouth school, Jefferson Elementary, steps in. They want to aid these families by providing bilingual preschool, which not only benefits the students, but helps their parents as well.

  • Episode

    February 10th, 2021

    Airdate: February 10, 2021

    Education Counts seeks innovative ways people are learning. Discover how the South Bend Civic Theatre is adapting its educational initiatives. See how kids can connect through letter writing librarian... (Show More)

    Education Counts seeks innovative ways people are learning. Discover how the South Bend Civic Theatre is adapting its educational initiatives. See how kids can connect through letter writing librarians in Goshen. Manchester University students are (Re)Imagining Leadership. Learn how to join The Great Conversation around classic books in Dowagiac.

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      (Re)Imagining Leadership

      Being a leader means doing more than just giving orders. By learning from modern day visionaries, a cohort of Manchester University students took on the challenge of (Re)Imagining Leadership. They not... (Show More)

      Being a leader means doing more than just giving orders. By learning from modern day visionaries, a cohort of Manchester University students took on the challenge of (Re)Imagining Leadership. They not only learned about today's leaders, but also found the creative leaders within themselves.

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      South Bend Civic Theatre Educational Programs

      The South Bend Civic Theatre works to provide more than just entertainment. And they're working even harder to provide community connection even in tough times. We explore their educational programs a... (Show More)

      The South Bend Civic Theatre works to provide more than just entertainment. And they're working even harder to provide community connection even in tough times. We explore their educational programs as well as what they're doing moving forward.

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