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    March 18th, 2020

    Airdate: March 18, 2020

    Education Counts Michiana looks for programs and initiatives in the region that reaches learners from preschool through retirement. We found a Junior Chefs program at Jackson Middle School that is tea... (Show More)

    Education Counts Michiana looks for programs and initiatives in the region that reaches learners from preschool through retirement. We found a Junior Chefs program at Jackson Middle School that is teaching students how to cook nutritional meals for their families. This grassroots program helps ease the burden on families by providing knowledge, safety skills and food for those in need. We attended a Superintendent Forum in Elkhart County that shared best practices from all the schools in the district. Fired Up! is an after-school program at Water Street Glassworks in Benton Harbor. At risk students learn to work with glass in this two year program. Michigan City is home to Imagination Station, a preschool that puts into practice the impact that quality early childhood education can provide.

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      Superintendent Forum

      Collaboration is often the key to discovering the best practices to use in schools. To share these approaches and ideas, a group of superintendents met in Elkhart for to hear what other schools corpor... (Show More)

      Collaboration is often the key to discovering the best practices to use in schools. To share these approaches and ideas, a group of superintendents met in Elkhart for to hear what other schools corporations are doing.

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      Junior Chefs of South Bend

      There is an innovative after school program at Jackson Middle School in South Bend. Students learn kitchen skills, safety and the art of cooking and are able to take ingredients home to prepare meals ... (Show More)

      There is an innovative after school program at Jackson Middle School in South Bend. Students learn kitchen skills, safety and the art of cooking and are able to take ingredients home to prepare meals for their families. Junior Chefs are paired with senior chef mentors and learn how to follow recipes, make nutrition meals and gain confidence in the kitchen as well as the social skills of eating dinner together.

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    March 11th, 2020

    Airdate: March 11, 2020

    Education Counts Michiana this week features stories about programs and initiatives that are making an impact in our region. Junior Chefs South Bend is a profound after school program at Jackson Middl... (Show More)

    Education Counts Michiana this week features stories about programs and initiatives that are making an impact in our region. Junior Chefs South Bend is a profound after school program at Jackson Middle School. Students learn how to follow recipes, cook and provide nutritious meals for their families. We showcase a high ability program at New Prairie High School which engages and challenges students. The newly launched CTE program through South Bend Community School Corporation allows students to learn about a career in aviation. A gathering of high school superintendents in Elkhart County paved the way for collaboration and sharing ideas and sharing best practices.

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      Science Olympiad

      There are plenty of chances for athletes to compete at higher level competitions, but what about students with more interest in the sciences? The Science Olympiad offers students in Middle and High Sc... (Show More)

      There are plenty of chances for athletes to compete at higher level competitions, but what about students with more interest in the sciences? The Science Olympiad offers students in Middle and High School a place to test their skills and knowledge in an academic competition that ranges from building and designing machines to identifying birds and fossils.

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      Manufacturing Academy

      The manufacturing field is continuing to grow and expand as technology advances. With that expansion, the manufacturing workers of tomorrow are going to need to get a jumpstart on learning about them.... (Show More)

      The manufacturing field is continuing to grow and expand as technology advances. With that expansion, the manufacturing workers of tomorrow are going to need to get a jumpstart on learning about them. Students at Goshen High School are getting that chance to learn about those advancements and get hands on training for future careers through the school's very own manufacturing academy.

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      Coastline Children's Film Festival

      The Coastline Children's Film Festival is a 10 day event showcasing full-length features, shorts, silent films and documentaries made for children. The film festival spans across six communities in Mi... (Show More)

      The Coastline Children's Film Festival is a 10 day event showcasing full-length features, shorts, silent films and documentaries made for children. The film festival spans across six communities in Michigan and Indiana. The event contributes to the growing momentum of the arts scene in Benton Harbor, Michigan. This even gives children a chance to showcase their creativity and experience films that they'd otherwise never see.

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      Five Star Life

      Socio-emotional learning isn't something that you'd expect to be taught middle schools to be learning. However it is something, that in today's world, is vital. The five star program (fi... (Show More)

      Socio-emotional learning isn't something that you'd expect to be taught middle schools to be learning. However it is something, that in today's world, is vital. The five star program (five star fridays) is set on teaching middle school students, the importance of mental and emotional awareness in order to achieve their goals both academically, and outside of the classroom.

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    March 4th, 2020

    Airdate: March 4, 2020

    We've got four brand new stories ready for this week's Education Counts Michiana. Find out what is happening with a brand new 10 year, 10 play project at the South Bend Civic Theatre and how the partn... (Show More)

    We've got four brand new stories ready for this week's Education Counts Michiana. Find out what is happening with a brand new 10 year, 10 play project at the South Bend Civic Theatre and how the partnership with South Bend Community School Corporation started conversations beyond the stage. See how The Waypoint VRcade is making an autistic-friendly gaming space and how that translates to inclusiveness. In Three Oaks, a stop at the School of American Music showcases the value and vitality of music education. Students learn about nature and history through the Junior Indiana Master Naturalist Course.

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      Junior Master Naturalist

      Just by venturing around the Midwest area, we are aware of the lush lands and various different wildlife that inhabit our home. However rarely do we get to unplug and experience it all first hand. The... (Show More)

      Just by venturing around the Midwest area, we are aware of the lush lands and various different wildlife that inhabit our home. However rarely do we get to unplug and experience it all first hand. The Junior Indiana Master Naturalist Course opens its' doors, to home schooled students, giving them an enriching experience with nature and all it has to offer.

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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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      The Waypoint VRcade

      The video arcade is making a comeback, but immersive gaming is the new hot ticket. Some people though may find it difficult due to the amount of sensory overload happening. Places like The Waypoint VR... (Show More)

      The video arcade is making a comeback, but immersive gaming is the new hot ticket. Some people though may find it difficult due to the amount of sensory overload happening. Places like The Waypoint VRcade are making sure everyone can enjoy gaming in virtual reality.

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      School of American Music

      Learning the musical arts can provide an important opportunity, but not everyone has the chance to take part in music classes. The School of American Music provides members of the community the chance... (Show More)

      Learning the musical arts can provide an important opportunity, but not everyone has the chance to take part in music classes. The School of American Music provides members of the community the chance to learn how to play various musical instruments and even get to perform in front of an audience.

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    February 19th, 2020

    Airdate: February 19, 2020

    Education Counts Michiana seeks out educational initiatives and programs that reach everyone from pre-school to lifelong learners. This week find out how students learn about delatages of the United N... (Show More)

    Education Counts Michiana seeks out educational initiatives and programs that reach everyone from pre-school to lifelong learners. This week find out how students learn about delatages of the United Nations through an annual student Model United Nations event hosted by the University of Notre Dame. The Marshall County Economic Development Corporation is making it easier for businesses to expand and become established in Plymouth and the surrounding communities. See the benefit of students learning the business of barbering. Paula Kerger, president and CEO of PBS talks about how educational television is crucial to the mission of public television.

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      ND Model UN Conference

      World Affairs can be complicated and learning about them in school isn't always the easiest subject to understand. But what if you were able to take on the role and a delegate from a foreign country a... (Show More)

      World Affairs can be complicated and learning about them in school isn't always the easiest subject to understand. But what if you were able to take on the role and a delegate from a foreign country and debate about global issues? That's exactly what students who participate in Model United Nations gets to do.

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      Marshall County Economic Development Corporation

      Business growth can lead to the continued health of a county's local economy. But the continued growth of that economy is dependent on the creation and attraction of new businesses. At the Marshall Co... (Show More)

      Business growth can lead to the continued health of a county's local economy. But the continued growth of that economy is dependent on the creation and attraction of new businesses. At the Marshall County Economic Development Corporation, they work to provide the tools to make sure Marshall County is a viable place to make businesses grow.

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    February 12th, 2020

    Airdate: February 12, 2020

    Education Counts presents more stories about educational initiatives in our region. Learn about Imagination Station, a pre-school steeped in quality early education in Michigan City. Follow students i... (Show More)

    Education Counts presents more stories about educational initiatives in our region. Learn about Imagination Station, a pre-school steeped in quality early education in Michigan City. Follow students in a glassmaking after school program in Benton Harbor that ranks among the best in the United States. Sit in on English as a New Language class for teachers and undergrad students at Holy Cross College. See how Jobs for Michigan's Graduates is preparing students with hard and soft skills for the workplace.

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      English as a New Language Certification

      For some students, going to school can be difficult. It's not because they don't know the material, it's because they don't understand what the teacher is saying. Many teachers go back to school to ob... (Show More)

      For some students, going to school can be difficult. It's not because they don't know the material, it's because they don't understand what the teacher is saying. Many teachers go back to school to obtain their ENL or ESL certification, but at Holy Cross College all students on the path to becoming teachers are certified the day they graduate.

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      Imagination Station

      A strong foundation is key to making sure a child will have success in their educational career. Imagination Station is working to improve the quality and accessibility of high quality early childhood... (Show More)

      A strong foundation is key to making sure a child will have success in their educational career. Imagination Station is working to improve the quality and accessibility of high quality early childhood education. They are also working to increase public awareness about the importance of quality early childhood experiences.

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      Fired Up!

      Water Street Glassworks offers a two year program for teens. Fired Up! is an after school program in Benton Harbor where students learn to work in one of three studios – glassblowing, glass bead... (Show More)

      Water Street Glassworks offers a two year program for teens. Fired Up! is an after school program in Benton Harbor where students learn to work in one of three studios – glassblowing, glass beadmaking & jewelry design or fused glass.

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    February 5th, 2020

    Airdate: February 5, 2020

    Education Counts Michiana features four educational initiatives showcasing community engagement. Warsaw Community Schools are working on social emotional learning for students and teachers. The public... (Show More)

    Education Counts Michiana features four educational initiatives showcasing community engagement. Warsaw Community Schools are working on social emotional learning for students and teachers. The public was invited to watch three teams of architecture students participate in a two day mural-drawing event presented by Scenographia at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. Maker spaces are on the rise and a visit to Make South Bend explores the possibility of design. Michigan students are filling the skills gap by learning CNC skills in the classroom and on the job.

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      Scenographia

      The University of Notre Dame School of Architecture hosted a live-drawing marathon. Architecture students spent two days hand drawing large murals of South Bend as it was in 1920. The not-for-profit S... (Show More)

      The University of Notre Dame School of Architecture hosted a live-drawing marathon. Architecture students spent two days hand drawing large murals of South Bend as it was in 1920. The not-for-profit Scenographia presented the event to celebrate the city and preserve the dying art of hand drawing in architecture. The public was invited to watch the creation of the murals over two days.

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      Make South Bend

      Maker spaces offer a person the chance to let their creativity run wild. At places like Make South Bend, professional and amateur crafters alike can use their imaginations to make just about anything.

      Maker spaces offer a person the chance to let their creativity run wild. At places like Make South Bend, professional and amateur crafters alike can use their imaginations to make just about anything.

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      Social Emotional Learning in Warsaw

      A child's academic well being isn't the only important thing to address at school. In order to account for the whole child, social and emotional learning also needs to be taken into consideration. We ... (Show More)

      A child's academic well being isn't the only important thing to address at school. In order to account for the whole child, social and emotional learning also needs to be taken into consideration. We head down to Warsaw, Indiana to see how they use social emotional learning and its effects on overall well being.

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    January 29th, 2020

    Airdate: January 29, 2020

    Education Counts this week features stories about seeing, saving, studying and searching. Kindness to Prevent Blindness provides prescription glasses to children at school to prepare them for learning... (Show More)

    Education Counts this week features stories about seeing, saving, studying and searching. Kindness to Prevent Blindness provides prescription glasses to children at school to prepare them for learning. Project Impact provides financial literacy classes teaching students to help make their money work for them. Proteus is taking students from farm labor and placing them in professional internships to set them on career tracks in their desired field. Students at Cassopolis Public Schools are earning dual credit and certifications in high school.

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      Financial Literacy Class

      In school, people learn the basics of math, but they often never have the opportunity to learn about financial literacy. To remedy the situation, Project Impact offers a course so people can learn abo... (Show More)

      In school, people learn the basics of math, but they often never have the opportunity to learn about financial literacy. To remedy the situation, Project Impact offers a course so people can learn about the best way to make sure their money is safe and how to grow it for the future.

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      Early/Middle College Programs

      More often these days, students are going to college while they're still in high school. These Early/Middle College programs allow these students to attend college classes and earn a cer... (Show More)

      More often these days, students are going to college while they're still in high school. These Early/Middle College programs allow these students to attend college classes and earn a certification and even an Associate's Degree by the time they graduate. We discover how a group of students in Cassopolis, Michigan are balancing their high school lives and their college work.        

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      Kindness to Prevent Blindness

      For students to be able to learn and reach their full potential, they need to have all the tools necessary. This includes having a pair of prescription glasses for students who may not be able to see ... (Show More)

      For students to be able to learn and reach their full potential, they need to have all the tools necessary. This includes having a pair of prescription glasses for students who may not be able to see everything as clearly as they should. We explore a program geared towards making sure students get the proper eyewear for learning.

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    December 18th, 2019

    Airdate: December 18, 2019

    Education Counts Michiana brings together some of the best initiatives in education in our region. This week find out how PechaKucha inspires creativity in St. Joseph & Benton Harbor. See how the Kroc... (Show More)

    Education Counts Michiana brings together some of the best initiatives in education in our region. This week find out how PechaKucha inspires creativity in St. Joseph & Benton Harbor. See how the Kroc Center Music Programs are offering music education to students in South Bend. The Literacy Consortium in Berrien County is making sure students get extra help when needed. Learn how students in Porter County are able to enter kindergarten ready to succeed.

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      Literacy Coaches

      Reading isn't just an important part of education. It's an important part of life. But sometimes making sure children are reading at their grade level can be difficult. That's why groups like Berrien ... (Show More)

      Reading isn't just an important part of education. It's an important part of life. But sometimes making sure children are reading at their grade level can be difficult. That's why groups like Berrien RESA are working to find ways to make sure those students get the extra help they need. We take a look at the approaches and techniques they're using across Berrien County.

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      PechaKucha

      PechaKucha (Japanese for “chit chat”) is the world’s fastest-growing storytelling platform, used by millions around the globe. Pecha Kucha Night is for creativity and not for profit.... (Show More)

      PechaKucha (Japanese for “chit chat”) is the world’s fastest-growing storytelling platform, used by millions around the globe. Pecha Kucha Night is for creativity and not for profit. Presentations are 20 images x 20 seconds each. Many cities often lack spaces where creative people can share their work, so Pecha Kucha Nights are about exposing the hidden creativity in a city. These events are held in over 900 cities globally. People use the platform to share hilarious, heartwarming, tear-jerking Pecha Kucha presentations at venues around the world.

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      Kroc Center Music Programs

      Learning music can have added benefits for a child's learning. But sometimes the cost is what makes it difficult. At the Kroc Center in South Bend, they offer free classes for children that can help t... (Show More)

      Learning music can have added benefits for a child's learning. But sometimes the cost is what makes it difficult. At the Kroc Center in South Bend, they offer free classes for children that can help to give them the confidence they need to succeed in other areas of school.

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      Porter County School Readiness

      United Way of Porter County and its partners have been able to expand kindergarten readiness programs to meet need and lay the groundwork for a universal assessment process to evaluate the early child... (Show More)

      United Way of Porter County and its partners have been able to expand kindergarten readiness programs to meet need and lay the groundwork for a universal assessment process to evaluate the early childhood learning landscape in Porter County.Program expansion includes increasing the number of students helped by the United Way of Porter County. Kinder Camp, Parents as Teachers in-school, Ready, Set, Kindergarten are just a few of the programs sponsored by the United Way of Porter County. Approximately 500 students are helped every year.

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    December 11th, 2019

    Airdate: December 11, 2019

    Education Counts Michiana explores educational initiatives in our regional. We seek programs that are succeeding in pre-k, k-12, post high school, college and lifelong learning. This week we feature t... (Show More)

    Education Counts Michiana explores educational initiatives in our regional. We seek programs that are succeeding in pre-k, k-12, post high school, college and lifelong learning. This week we feature the Indiana Youth Institute and how they are training educators. We spotlight the Youth Education Series presented by Premier Arts that is exposing students to live theater. Grief and trauma are addressed in the Art Angels program at the Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph, Michigan. Project Matters teaches third grade students through adults about launching and growing a small business.

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      Indiana Youth Insititute

      For anyone who works with kids, there can be times when they need to step away and learn more about new approaches. For more than three decades the Indiana Youth Institute has been working to support ... (Show More)

      For anyone who works with kids, there can be times when they need to step away and learn more about new approaches. For more than three decades the Indiana Youth Institute has been working to support all forms of youth services through innovative trainings, critical data and capacity building resources all geared towards increasing the well-being of all children.

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      Premier Arts: Y.E.S Program

      Premier Arts inspires the imagination and develops the creative spirit of our community. Its focus is on youth, family, and lifelong learning. Premier Arts, the Resident Theatre of the Lerner Performi... (Show More)

      Premier Arts inspires the imagination and develops the creative spirit of our community. Its focus is on youth, family, and lifelong learning. Premier Arts, the Resident Theatre of the Lerner Performing Arts Center, is comprised of professional staff guided by engaged community leaders serving as the board of Directors. Premier Arts, based in Elkhart, Indiana, is the recognized regional leader in providing diverse, professional performing arts education and entertainment. Premier Arts instills civic pride, confidence and character building for everyone engaged in its success. The region supports Premier Arts through attendance, contribution and volunteerism. The Youth Education Series give students an experience of live theater.  

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      Project Matters

      Project Matters LLC is one of Indiana’s first business incubator programs, creating a support system for entrepreneurs including education, funding, and counseling. Amy Beechy(Founder) worked wi... (Show More)

      Project Matters LLC is one of Indiana’s first business incubator programs, creating a support system for entrepreneurs including education, funding, and counseling. Amy Beechy(Founder) worked with community leaders who created entrepreneurship programs for all ages, beginning with 3rd grade students. These programs were recognized throughout the state of Indiana for their progressive and comprehensive approaches to entrepreneurship. Clients include economic development organizations, community foundations, chambers of commerce, united ways, and healthcare organizations.

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      Art Therapy

      There are many types of therapy out there designed to help people express themselves and work out different situations. For those battling cancer along with their families are able to use art therapy ... (Show More)

      There are many types of therapy out there designed to help people express themselves and work out different situations. For those battling cancer along with their families are able to use art therapy to help them deal with the emotional tolls of treatment. We head up to the Krasl Art Center to learn more about art therapy.

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    December 4th, 2019

    Airdate: December 4, 2019

    This week on Education Counts Michiana, we've found four more initiatives that are working towards education and building community. The Bridge Academy in Benton Harbor is an alternative school in job... (Show More)

    This week on Education Counts Michiana, we've found four more initiatives that are working towards education and building community. The Bridge Academy in Benton Harbor is an alternative school in job training partnership with Kinexus. Check out the Three Mirrors project at the Center for the Homeless and how guests are creating art from upcycled materials. The project works with local merchants to keep materials out of the landfill and provides jobs and education for guests. Meet Nicholas Buamah, a new author who is sharing his vocabulary with other students through books. Learn how the Science Academy at ETHOS Innovation Center is allowing kids to discover the world of science.

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      Science Academy

      The ETHOS Innovation Center in Elkhart provides many opportunities for kids to get an up close look at the scientific world. And through the Science Academy, students are able to experience a hands on... (Show More)

      The ETHOS Innovation Center in Elkhart provides many opportunities for kids to get an up close look at the scientific world. And through the Science Academy, students are able to experience a hands on experience in a variety of scientific areas.

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      Three Mirrors Project

      A mirror doesn't just reflect the image of the person looking into it. It also reflects the hard work of the person who helped to make it. At the Center for Homeless in South Bend and the Three Mirror... (Show More)

      A mirror doesn't just reflect the image of the person looking into it. It also reflects the hard work of the person who helped to make it. At the Center for Homeless in South Bend and the Three Mirrors Project, guests are gaining the skills not only to create these unique works of art, but also learning how to help break the cycle of homelessness.

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      Bridge Academy

      Bridge Academy is an alternative school for high school students and offers an alternative for students who may not have thrived in a more tradition school setting.The Bridge Academy is powered by Kin... (Show More)

      Bridge Academy is an alternative school for high school students and offers an alternative for students who may not have thrived in a more tradition school setting.The Bridge Academy is powered by Kinexus and offers both academic and vocational training for individuals 16 and older.Individuals can earn their GED or high school diploma, and have the opportunity to learn more about a specific career path or industry that interests them. Participants will work closely with a Kinexus specialist who will support them throughout the training process, and help the participant learn more about potential employment options in the community. Participants will also have the opportunity to apply their mastery of academic and vocational training through working with employers in the community.

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      Kayla & Kyle: The Walking Dictionaires

      Nicholas Buamah has always had a remarkable vocabulary. So naturally, when he attended school he impressed all of his teachers. He wanted to find a way to help other kids his age understand some of th... (Show More)

      Nicholas Buamah has always had a remarkable vocabulary. So naturally, when he attended school he impressed all of his teachers. He wanted to find a way to help other kids his age understand some of the words he was using. So Nicholas and his mother came up with the idea to write a book and since then Nicholas's book Kayla & Kyle: The Walking Dictionaries has become one of Amazon's best sellers.

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    November 20th, 2019

    Airdate: November 20, 2019

    Check out another edition of educational stories from Michiana. This week, teachers and staff at New Prairie schools implement trauma informed skills with students. Learn how the African American Comm... (Show More)

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

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      Innovation Academy

      Learning through exploration has become a guiding principle in today's educational world. We've explored how project based learning can be beneficial to elementary school students and high school stud... (Show More)

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

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      Trauma Informed

      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... (Show More)

      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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      Michigan Works!

      Michigan Works! gives adults thinking about completing their high school diploma or GED the chance to succeed. The program makes it possible for students to complete their work in their own time by of... (Show More)

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

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      The African American Community Fund

      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 c... (Show More)

      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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    November 13th, 2019

    Airdate: November 13, 2019

    This week's Education Counts Michiana features a Pop Up University presented by IU South Bend professors in an informal setting, Culver Community School students learning ASL and a second language, an... (Show More)

    This week's Education Counts Michiana features a Pop Up University presented by IU South Bend professors in an informal setting, Culver Community School students learning ASL and a second language, an international music-based learning curriculum adopted by Roosevelt STEAM Academy and how Community Action for Education is making an impact in South Bend schools.

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      El Sistema

      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 pro... (Show More)

      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.

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      CAFE

      Community Action for Education (CAFE) is a group of parents, organizers, and educational leaders in the South Bend community working to address issues plaguing local schools. Racial Bias, the school t... (Show More)

      Community Action for Education (CAFE) is a group of parents, organizers, and educational leaders in the South Bend community working to address issues plaguing local schools. Racial Bias, the school to prison pipeline, and charter school regulations are among the many topics often discussed. It's their hope that through community involvement we can work to make the school place better for all students and teachers.

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      Pop-Up University

      In an effort to be part of the South Bend community, IU South Bend has launched a series of monthly lectures they're calling Pop-Up University. These free and open to the public lectures feature uni... (Show More)

      In an effort to be part of the South Bend community, IU South Bend has launched a series of monthly lectures they're calling Pop-Up University. These free and open to the public lectures feature university professors speaking on a variety of topics ranging from literary writing to environmental science.

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      ASL Education

      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... (Show More)

      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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    November 6th, 2019

    Airdate: November 5, 2019

    Education Counts Michiana seeking out educational initiatives that are impacting students young and old. This week we feature how one school in Elkhart is incorporating Tinkergarten. See how the Forev... (Show More)

    Education Counts Michiana seeking out educational initiatives that are impacting students young and old. This week we feature how one school in Elkhart is incorporating Tinkergarten. See how the Forever Learning Institute is uniting former educators and curious learners. A new program called Be Nice is spreading kindness in Dowagiac schools. The Impact Institute gives students and adults vocational training for the workforce.

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      Tinkergarten®

      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... (Show More)

      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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      Be Nice

      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 t... (Show More)

      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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      The Forever Learning Institute

      The old saying goes..."You're never too old to learn a new trick!" The Forever Learning Institute has been in the business of providing seniors in our community with the opportunity to continue to exp... (Show More)

      The old saying goes..."You're never too old to learn a new trick!" The Forever Learning Institute has been in the business of providing seniors in our community with the opportunity to continue to expand their knowledge and serve their community. The courses are taught by an all-volunteer faculty and cover topics such as dance, music, foreign languages, creative arts, literature, spirituality, health and wellness, technology and computers, and business. The Institute believes that programs like theirs fill a much-needed void in senior adult life, providing intellectual stimulation, social interaction and physical activities for a largely ignored population. Education and participation in intellectual pursuits should not end at high school or college, but continue throughout our lives.

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      The Impact Institute

      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 corpora... (Show More)

      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.

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    October 23rd, 2019

    Airdate: October 23, 2019

    Education Counts presents four new segments demonstrating how our community in engaged in education. Music Together at Goshen College teaches through music and movement. Volunteers learn about conserv... (Show More)

    Education Counts presents four new segments demonstrating how our community in engaged in education. Music Together at Goshen College teaches through music and movement. Volunteers learn about conservation through hands on training with the Youth Service Corps team at Indiana Dunes National Park. Find out how local entrepreneurs are pitching their business ideas at the Global Pitch Competition and learning better business principles. Students get a close look at manufacturing trades at Manufacturing Day.

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      Manufacturing Day

      Finding the right career path isn't always the easiest thing for high school students to do. There are plenty of college fairs, but what about students looking to go directly into the workforce. To pr... (Show More)

      Finding the right career path isn't always the easiest thing for high school students to do. There are plenty of college fairs, but what about students looking to go directly into the workforce. To provide a way to present those options, the South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce partnered up with regional businesses and factories to create Manufacturing Day.

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      Music Together® at Goshen College

      All children are capable of being musical. That's why places like the Goshen College Music Center provide Music Together® classes. This research based program uses songs and movement to not only t... (Show More)

      All children are capable of being musical. That's why places like the Goshen College Music Center provide Music Together® classes. This research based program uses songs and movement to not only teach young children about music, but also gain confidence in themselves. These lessons also translate into other areas of development that will come into play later in a child's life.

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      SoGal Global Pitch Competition

      Historically, men have always outweighed women in the corporate and business world. But, times are changing! SoGal Foundation in partnership with Startup South Bend- Elkhart is hosting the largest glo... (Show More)

      Historically, men have always outweighed women in the corporate and business world. But, times are changing! SoGal Foundation in partnership with Startup South Bend- Elkhart is hosting the largest global startup competition for women and diverse entrepreneurs. The international pitch competition consists of over 25 regional rounds in SoGal chapters in cities across five continents, including New York, San Francisco, Austin, Chicago, London, Berlin, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney, Nairobi, Johannesburg, and others. The finalists from each regional round will travel to San Francisco to attend SoGal’s 3-day immersive educational bootcamp for guaranteed facetime in front of top-tier Silicon Valley investors, as well as participate in curated educational programming, unparalleled 1:1 mentorship, press exposure, and compete on the global level to win investment capital.

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      Indiana Dunes Service Corps Program

      Less than 40 miles east of the Chicago metro, a group of 11 young leaders has committed to the preservation of Indiana Dunes National Park. The leaders are supported by a nationwide network of service... (Show More)

      Less than 40 miles east of the Chicago metro, a group of 11 young leaders has committed to the preservation of Indiana Dunes National Park. The leaders are supported by a nationwide network of service corps programs that contribute tens of thousands of service hours to maintaining landscapes and improving visitor experience in dozens of parks. All members dedicated to conserving this national park will receive on-the-job training, develop leadership and teamwork skills, and experience a range of public lands career paths through their participation in the service corps program.

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    October 16th, 2019

    Airdate: October 16, 2019

    This week on Education Counts we continue our probe into mental health by looking at the positive role of mentors and easing the stigma that is associated with mental health issues. We sat in on an ac... (Show More)

    This week on Education Counts we continue our probe into mental health by looking at the positive role of mentors and easing the stigma that is associated with mental health issues. We sat in on an acting class at the South Bend Civic Theatre that is designed for middle school students and look at how learning to act can be a great teacher. St. Patrick's County Park presents a program for preschool families acquainting kids and nature and the benefits therein. We witness the work of Grace College engineering students and how they've profoundly watched their research change a life.

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      Mentoring Moments

      There has always been a stigma associated with Mental Health, with many individuals often refusing to seek help out of fear of judgement from others. When Marla Godette noticed this in her community s... (Show More)

      There has always been a stigma associated with Mental Health, with many individuals often refusing to seek help out of fear of judgement from others. When Marla Godette noticed this in her community she decided to found Mentoring Moments as a way to provide mentoring to individuals in need and also normalize the conversation surrounding mental health.

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      Middle School Acting Classes

      All the world's a stage and the people are the players. And just because you're in middle school doesn't mean you can't learn the finer points of the acting craft. We explore how the South Bend Civic ... (Show More)

      All the world's a stage and the people are the players. And just because you're in middle school doesn't mean you can't learn the finer points of the acting craft. We explore how the South Bend Civic Theatre provides the tools not only to help students learn acting, but get out of their comfort zones and grow as people.

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      From the Classroom to the Real World

      Learning the true value of the education we receive usually isn't learned until our time in school is over. But for a group of engineering students at Grace College & Seminary, they're learning how wh... (Show More)

      Learning the true value of the education we receive usually isn't learned until our time in school is over. But for a group of engineering students at Grace College & Seminary, they're learning how what they are taught in the classroom can be used to help people right now.

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      Fall Fling

      Hands on learning in mother nature is truly a one of a kind experience and that's exactly what families can look forward to at St. Patrick's County Park. Fall fling is a program targeting families wit... (Show More)

      Hands on learning in mother nature is truly a one of a kind experience and that's exactly what families can look forward to at St. Patrick's County Park. Fall fling is a program targeting families with preschoolers and will allow students to engage with nature, get creative with crafts, and listen to storytelling all in an effort to teach them about the fall season.

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    October 9th, 2019

    Airdate: October 9, 2019

    Education Counts presents more highlights on educational initiatives in the region. Find out how VR learning is created and benefiting students at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor. The RV Techni... (Show More)

    Education Counts presents more highlights on educational initiatives in the region. Find out how VR learning is created and benefiting students at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor. The RV Technical Institute is training the workforce to meet the needs of a growing industry. See how the Center of Workforce Innovations is helping adults gain a high school education and easing barriers into the workforce in Starke County at the Adult Learning Center. Students of all ages learn more than skills at the Irish Figure Skating Club in South Bend. We also kick off our newest segment. Our deeper dives will take you further into one of our stories with segment producers Brent Fox and Kayla Williams.

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      Virtual Reality Lab

      Advancing technology isn't just affecting our everyday lives. It has made its way into how students are learning in the classroom. Places like Lake Michigan College have set up Virtual Reality Labs to... (Show More)

      Advancing technology isn't just affecting our everyday lives. It has made its way into how students are learning in the classroom. Places like Lake Michigan College have set up Virtual Reality Labs to make their students' learning truly immersive. We explore how they're using this technology to further education.

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      Adult Learning Center

      In setting up an Adult Learning Center in Starke County, the Center of Workforce Innovations aims to give people who may not have finished high school the opportunity to learn the skills needed to mak... (Show More)

      In setting up an Adult Learning Center in Starke County, the Center of Workforce Innovations aims to give people who may not have finished high school the opportunity to learn the skills needed to make strides in the real world. We explore how through various classes and certifications, adults are able to find their place in today's workforce.

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      The RV Technical Institute

      RV and Park Model RV manufacturing are at the heart of the RV industry. While RV sales are increasing, the number of proficient, well-trained RV technicians has declining. To address the need for more... (Show More)

      RV and Park Model RV manufacturing are at the heart of the RV industry. While RV sales are increasing, the number of proficient, well-trained RV technicians has declining. To address the need for more skilled workers in the profession The RV Technical Institute launched in Elkhart with plans to train the next generation of RV Mechanics.

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      The Irish Figure Skating Club

      The Irish Figure Skating Club exists to promote the sport of figure skating by encouraging each skater to grow and achieve their own personal goals. Developing lifelong skills along with learning to f... (Show More)

      The Irish Figure Skating Club exists to promote the sport of figure skating by encouraging each skater to grow and achieve their own personal goals. Developing lifelong skills along with learning to figure skate is a crucial part of what they do at the skating club. Helping students to become more confident, persistent, and focused.

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    October 2nd, 2019

    Airdate: October 2, 2019

    This week's Education Counts looks at educational programs at the Krasl Art Center and K12 programs at the Lilly Center. We also explore other factors that impact learning. Mental health issues are st... (Show More)

    This week's Education Counts looks at educational programs at the Krasl Art Center and K12 programs at the Lilly Center. We also explore other factors that impact learning. Mental health issues are starting to become more mainstream conversations. The Mary Morris Leighton Impact Series is presenting screenings about Suicide: The Ripple Effect to create healthy dialogue around suicide. Mental Health, School Discipline and the School to Prison Pipeline address a growing issue students face.

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      Art Education Classes

      When it comes to art, it's never too late to try something new. At the Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph, Michigan they work to inspire meaningful change as well as strengthen their community through the... (Show More)

      When it comes to art, it's never too late to try something new. At the Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph, Michigan they work to inspire meaningful change as well as strengthen their community through the visual arts. These programs invite the young and the young at heart to come in and create in ways they may never have done before.

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      Mental Health, School Discipline, and The School to Prison Pipeline

      The organization Mental Health Awareness of Michiana gathered teachers, counselors, and people who work with students on a regular basis to engage in a discussion about Mental Health, School Disciplin... (Show More)

      The organization Mental Health Awareness of Michiana gathered teachers, counselors, and people who work with students on a regular basis to engage in a discussion about Mental Health, School Discipline, and the School to Prison Pipeline. The Discussion consisted of 3 keynote speakers and gave educators in the community to chance to express and share their ideas about a growing issue that many local students face.

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      The Mary Morris Leighton Impact Series

      Every year Beacon Community Impact hosts The Mary Morris Leighton Impact series where they work to address a certain issue in our community. This year's impact series addresses mental. Community Membe... (Show More)

      Every year Beacon Community Impact hosts The Mary Morris Leighton Impact series where they work to address a certain issue in our community. This year's impact series addresses mental. Community Members are invited to view a free screening of the documentary Suicide: The Ripple Effect throughout the month and at the end of the series member will get the chance to meet with Kevin Hines the man whom the documentary was inspired by. This series of events provides resources for people in the community to get help and help others.

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      Lilly Center K-12 Programs

      The Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams serves as a place for college students to study how water systems work. But through its programs geared toward younger students allows them to pass on that knowled... (Show More)

      The Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams serves as a place for college students to study how water systems work. But through its programs geared toward younger students allows them to pass on that knowledge to the next generation. Through various K-12 programs, the Lilly Center teaches these young kids to care for natural bodies of water in our region.

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    September 18th, 2019

    Airdate: September 18, 2019

    We're got another great episode of educational initiatives lined up for you. This week, we learn about responsive classrooms and how they work. We look at bullying and its effects on eating healthy or... (Show More)

    We're got another great episode of educational initiatives lined up for you. This week, we learn about responsive classrooms and how they work. We look at bullying and its effects on eating healthy or not. Learning a foreign language is not just about learning the words and tenses, it is about the culture as well and we take a look into that. We also spotlight the Early Learning Summit to see how businesses are making the connection how important quality early childhood education can be to the community.

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      The Language Company - South Bend

      Many people can find themselves going to school or even working in a place where they may not have a firm grasp on the local language. That's why there are places that offer them the chance to grow th... (Show More)

      Many people can find themselves going to school or even working in a place where they may not have a firm grasp on the local language. That's why there are places that offer them the chance to grow those skills. The Language Company helps by providing instruction in language along with cultural opportunities to those looking for educational, professional and personal enrichment.

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      Responsive Classrooms

      Sometimes there needs to be a better balance between academic learning and social emotional learning. The Responsive Classroom bridges this gap through a set of research and evidence based practices m... (Show More)

      Sometimes there needs to be a better balance between academic learning and social emotional learning. The Responsive Classroom bridges this gap through a set of research and evidence based practices meant to create a safe, joyful and engaging classroom and school community for the students and the teachers. We explore how a school corporation is putting this idea into practice at the elementary level.

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      Bullying: Truly a Health Issue

      The rates of childhood bullying have risen over the last couple of years. To address this issue the St Joseph County Medical Society all middle school students out to take part in multiple workshops t... (Show More)

      The rates of childhood bullying have risen over the last couple of years. To address this issue the St Joseph County Medical Society all middle school students out to take part in multiple workshops to help prevent and address issues like stress control, cyber bullying, healthy eating and opioids/drug abuse, along with lunch in hopes of helping the students understand ways to combat the effects of bullying can have on their health.

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      The Early Learning Summit

      Giving toddlers access to quality early learning can be very important for the development of a child. Yet so many children go without a quality learning daycare program through the state of Indiana. ... (Show More)

      Giving toddlers access to quality early learning can be very important for the development of a child. Yet so many children go without a quality learning daycare program through the state of Indiana. This can be for a variety of reason including family fit, conflicting work schedules, and even finances. Ready To Grow St. Joe presented a summit to teach and help community leaders address this growing issue.

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    September 11th, 2019

    Airdate: September 11, 2019

    In this episode of Education Counts, we find out about a program called "No Malice Required," see how a movement-based preschool engages learning, watch grad students teach families and children the w... (Show More)

    In this episode of Education Counts, we find out about a program called "No Malice Required," see how a movement-based preschool engages learning, watch grad students teach families and children the wonders of chemistry and find out about a program in Elkhart County that is feeding people from the ground up.

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      Academy Arts Preschool

      In looking for different and unique pre-k programs, we discovered one who uses movement and dance to reinforce academic learning. At Academy Arts Preschool, children ages three to five get to learn th... (Show More)

      In looking for different and unique pre-k programs, we discovered one who uses movement and dance to reinforce academic learning. At Academy Arts Preschool, children ages three to five get to learn the basics of education through movement and hands on activities. These students are taking their first steps towards their educational futures.

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      ND Chem Demo Team

      When kids hear the word science, they often imagine a world of lab coats and numbers on a board. But science can also be fun. Groups like the Chem Demo Team at the University of Notre Dame show off ju... (Show More)

      When kids hear the word science, they often imagine a world of lab coats and numbers on a board. But science can also be fun. Groups like the Chem Demo Team at the University of Notre Dame show off just how fun science experiments can be for young students. Like the name suggests, the team demonstrates hands-on activities for school children to help them develop an interest in science.

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      No Malice Required: Achieving Equity for All

      The world we live in is becoming more and more diverse, people working together from all walks of life. Understanding another cultures background and experiences can present a barrier in the work and ... (Show More)

      The world we live in is becoming more and more diverse, people working together from all walks of life. Understanding another cultures background and experiences can present a barrier in the work and school. To address this issue Dr. Mary Bacon held a discussion called No Malice Required, Achieving Equity for All. This presentation helped to address cultural differences and experiences as well as how our differences can bring us together.  

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    September 4th, 2019

    Airdate: September 4, 2019

    All new segments from the world of education is what we have planned in this episode of EducationCounts. We've found an artist residency at the South Bend Museum of Art, a pond study class at Fernwood... (Show More)

    All new segments from the world of education is what we have planned in this episode of EducationCounts. We've found an artist residency at the South Bend Museum of Art, a pond study class at Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve and learning about women's contributions in South Bend history through the Michiana Women Leaders organization. We also highlight the LGBTQ Center, a place that promotes inclusivity, empowerment through outreach and education.

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      Summer Undergraduate Residency Program

      For students studying art in college, the summer months can often be a time where the creative flow gets put on hold. But some have the chance to keep working on their craft through a summer residency... (Show More)

      For students studying art in college, the summer months can often be a time where the creative flow gets put on hold. But some have the chance to keep working on their craft through a summer residency program at the South Bend Museum of Art. Here, they get to use the museum's creative spaces and receive feedback on their works in progress they may not receive while in school.

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      The LGBTQ Center

      In the city of South Bend lies a place that works to promote inclusivity and empowerment for LGBTQ members in our community. This organization achieves its goals by educating and offering resources to... (Show More)

      In the city of South Bend lies a place that works to promote inclusivity and empowerment for LGBTQ members in our community. This organization achieves its goals by educating and offering resources to affirming and accepting workplaces and schools. They also provide diversity training, a research-validated substance abuse prevention program, social groups, and more.

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      Michiana Women Leaders

      It's often said that behind every great man is a great woman. Terri Russ noticed that when people told the story of South Bend's history it was often stories of the men who made it happen, but what sh... (Show More)

      It's often said that behind every great man is a great woman. Terri Russ noticed that when people told the story of South Bend's history it was often stories of the men who made it happen, but what she would later learn is that the women of South Bend made an incredible impact for this community as well and their stories deserved to be heard and shared. This resulted in the founding of the Michiana Women Leaders organization, where they work to chronicle, celebrate and recognize the many women who made a difference in our community.

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      Pond Study for Kids

      Getting outside and up close to nature is an important part of being a kid. At Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, children are able to get hands on learning through their Pond Study class.... (Show More)

      Getting outside and up close to nature is an important part of being a kid. At Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, children are able to get hands on learning through their Pond Study class. The kids aren't just learning about wetlands in a classroom, they're right in the thick of it and finding the various critters who live there.

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    July 24th, 2019

    Airdate: July 24, 2019

    Join us on Education Counts Michiana this week for more educational initiatives. Check out a new B.A. program at Holy Cross College that is teaching teachers who will be going to Indian reservations a... (Show More)

    Join us on Education Counts Michiana this week for more educational initiatives. Check out a new B.A. program at Holy Cross College that is teaching teachers who will be going to Indian reservations and how local teachers are getting an opportunity to apply those skills in South Bend classrooms. We take a look at the outreach programs presented by the Elkhart Environmental Center for children and adults. Find out how parents and siblings of medically fragile children are offered a bit of respite at A Rose Place for Children. Learn how Lake Michigan College is teaching adults from around the world English as a new language.

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      ESL Classes

      At Lake Michigan College, non-native English speakers over the age of 18 are given the opportunity to learn about U.S. Culture and the English language. This course is meant to help those who take it ... (Show More)

      At Lake Michigan College, non-native English speakers over the age of 18 are given the opportunity to learn about U.S. Culture and the English language. This course is meant to help those who take it be better prepared to enter the workforce or go to college.

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      Elkhart Environmental Center

      Once a dumping ground, the Elkhart Environmental Center was revitalized into thriving nature area. Through programs designed for children and adults, the center hopes to convey the importance of prese... (Show More)

      Once a dumping ground, the Elkhart Environmental Center was revitalized into thriving nature area. Through programs designed for children and adults, the center hopes to convey the importance of preserving the natural world around us.

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      A Rosie Place for Children

      A Rosie Place For Children serves all 92 counties in the state of Indiana by offering respite care for medically fragile children. They are not like your traditional hospital, they try to emphasize a ... (Show More)

      A Rosie Place For Children serves all 92 counties in the state of Indiana by offering respite care for medically fragile children. They are not like your traditional hospital, they try to emphasize a home away from home environment with respect to current care givers. The staff works hard so that every child is supported and can flourish in this environment. They even offer online resources for families seeking programs and services.

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      Holy Cross College: New BA Program

      The staff at Holy Cross College have been working on creating and introducing a brand new BA Program to its students . This program will make it possible for teachers in Native American reservation sc... (Show More)

      The staff at Holy Cross College have been working on creating and introducing a brand new BA Program to its students . This program will make it possible for teachers in Native American reservation schools to complete their BA and teaching credentials with a mix of online and two week summer sessions. The program will also be available to teachers aides in the South Bend School Corporation in the future. Holy Cross Hopes that their efforts can help to increase teacher diversity in local schools.

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    July 17th, 2019

    Airdate: July 17, 2019

    Education Counts Michiana brings you four new stories this week from educators and programs that are making a difference spanning from preschool through lifelong learning. The Underground Railroad Day... (Show More)

    Education Counts Michiana brings you four new stories this week from educators and programs that are making a difference spanning from preschool through lifelong learning. The Underground Railroad Days in Vandalia, Michigan showcases the legacy of historical sites and those who helped ensure freedom. We visited Wild School at Luna Hill Farm for a look at nature and natural learning. South Bend Woodworks shared toymaking process and their educational partnership with Goodwill Industries. We learn about the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and how the program is getting books in the hands of children.

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      Wild School

      Time and time again children have proven to be professionals at turning nothing into something. As a way of embracing that natural tendency to learning Luna Hill Farm created the Wild School. Here, ch... (Show More)

      Time and time again children have proven to be professionals at turning nothing into something. As a way of embracing that natural tendency to learning Luna Hill Farm created the Wild School. Here, children are able to get outside and problem solve using the tools found in the natural world around them.

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      Underground Railroad Days

      The Underground Railroad Society of Cass County is celebrating its 10th year collaborating with the Village of Vandalia, Michigan to recognize the legacy of The Underground Railroad in their community... (Show More)

      The Underground Railroad Society of Cass County is celebrating its 10th year collaborating with the Village of Vandalia, Michigan to recognize the legacy of The Underground Railroad in their community. The Underground Railroad Days is a 3 day event where guests can engage with historical sites from The Underground Railroad, learn more about the history, and even witness a play highlighting the seven stops to freedom. The Underground Railroad Days takes place annually the second weekend in July.

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      South Bend Woodworks

      For the people at South Bend Woodworks, quality is their number one priority. South Bend Woodworks is a toy manufacturer that specializes in creating handmade wooden toys and products to last a lifeti... (Show More)

      For the people at South Bend Woodworks, quality is their number one priority. South Bend Woodworks is a toy manufacturer that specializes in creating handmade wooden toys and products to last a lifetime. The South Bend Woodworks shop has even created toys for the White House Christmas party. Their shop is dedicated to training men and women in the art of Woodworking, even if they have no prior experience working with wood.

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    July 10th, 2019

    Airdate: July 10, 2019

    Education Counts Michiana features a look at teacher externships, a partnership with educators and the South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce. Find out how women are employed and empowered through Dr... (Show More)

    Education Counts Michiana features a look at teacher externships, a partnership with educators and the South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce. Find out how women are employed and empowered through Dress for Success. A look at educational outreach through the Elkhart County Historical Museum took us on a trip to Bristol. Getting books in the hands of kids is the goal of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

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      Elkhart County History Museum

      The saying goes, those who do not remember history are doomed to repeat it. With multiple permanent exhibits, the Elkhart County Historical Museum is using education to foster appreciation and the pre... (Show More)

      The saying goes, those who do not remember history are doomed to repeat it. With multiple permanent exhibits, the Elkhart County Historical Museum is using education to foster appreciation and the preservation of local history.

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      Baby and Me

      Baby and Me is an interactive experience that puts babies on a path to becoming lifelong lovers of books and learning. The program was designed for babies up to 23 months old and their caregivers. It ... (Show More)

      Baby and Me is an interactive experience that puts babies on a path to becoming lifelong lovers of books and learning. The program was designed for babies up to 23 months old and their caregivers. It features storybook reading, songs, rhymes, and tons of activities to keep the little ones engaged.

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      Dress For Success Michiana

      Dress For Success Michiana is an organization that works to empower women in the professional world by providing support, a professional wardrobe, and developmental tools to help women thrive in the w... (Show More)

      Dress For Success Michiana is an organization that works to empower women in the professional world by providing support, a professional wardrobe, and developmental tools to help women thrive in the workplace and in everyday life.

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      Teacher Externships

      The South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce created a bridge between teachers and business. The one-week externship gives educators the chance to work with professionals in various fields to gain know... (Show More)

      The South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce created a bridge between teachers and business. The one-week externship gives educators the chance to work with professionals in various fields to gain knowledge and skills they can take back to their classrooms.

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    July 3rd, 2019

    Airdate: July 3, 2019

    We're serving up more stories from education and business this week including a look at how the University of Notre Dame is helping veterans through the Warrior Scholar Project, summer education progr... (Show More)

    We're serving up more stories from education and business this week including a look at how the University of Notre Dame is helping veterans through the Warrior Scholar Project, summer education programs helping to bridge the school year at the Plymouth Public Library, why you might want to participate in the Certified Innovation Mentor Program and how RUMERTIME Summer Camp is healing children.

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      Certified Innovation Mentor Program

      Through this program, the Stayer Center works to help executives and other business leaders learn the art of innovation. Through hands on projects and learning, participants are able to resolve issues... (Show More)

      Through this program, the Stayer Center works to help executives and other business leaders learn the art of innovation. Through hands on projects and learning, participants are able to resolve issues of stagnation in creativity within their respective fields.

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      Summer Enrichment Programs

      The summer time often leads to the summer slip. To prevent this, the Plymouth Public Library offers free educational programs and activities to keep kids engaged during the summer months. There are al... (Show More)

      The summer time often leads to the summer slip. To prevent this, the Plymouth Public Library offers free educational programs and activities to keep kids engaged during the summer months. There are also programs geared towards adults to help keep minds sharp.

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      The Warrior-Scholar Project

      Warrior Scholar Project is on a mission to help veterans succeed in college. They provide mentoring , guidance, and a sense of community to veterans aiming to make the transition from being in the mil... (Show More)

      Warrior Scholar Project is on a mission to help veterans succeed in college. They provide mentoring , guidance, and a sense of community to veterans aiming to make the transition from being in the military to being a student at a four year university. In June, the organization visited veterans attending Notre Dame to host a two week long academic boot camp. There they provided resources and taught veterans about the various fields that they could possibly find work in.

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      RUMERTIME Summer Camp

      RUMERTIME Summer Camp is bringing families together by helping to foster healthier interpersonal relationships within the household. The camp is a two week long social-emotional wellness program for f... (Show More)

      RUMERTIME Summer Camp is bringing families together by helping to foster healthier interpersonal relationships within the household. The camp is a two week long social-emotional wellness program for families to get in touch with their emotions and manage issues within their relationships. The camp offers guidance, assistance with mindfulness, and works to destroy the stigma that comes with addressing mental health issues.

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    May 22nd, 2019

    Airdate: May 22, 2019

    05/22/2019

    05/22/2019

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      ETHOS Robotics

      At the ETHOS Innovation Center in Elkhart, students in grades K-12 get the chance to participate in building, programming, and competing in the field of robotics. We explore how these kids are able to... (Show More)

      At the ETHOS Innovation Center in Elkhart, students in grades K-12 get the chance to participate in building, programming, and competing in the field of robotics. We explore how these kids are able to use what they are learning on the field and turn it into a potential career path.

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      Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

      It's becoming more important than ever to get children interested in reading as soon as possible. But sometimes children's books can be expensive. That's why Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is gear... (Show More)

      It's becoming more important than ever to get children interested in reading as soon as possible. But sometimes children's books can be expensive. That's why Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is geared towards building a child's personal library and brining the joy of reading to the next generation.

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      Mindful U

      Across the Michiana area students are practicing mindfulness to help them focus and stay attentive. At Darden Elementary School they introduced Mindful U Thursdays where their students work with profe... (Show More)

      Across the Michiana area students are practicing mindfulness to help them focus and stay attentive. At Darden Elementary School they introduced Mindful U Thursdays where their students work with professional yoga instructors to practice yoga and mindfulness skills.

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      Goodwill and WorkOne: Working With Veterans

      Goodwill Industries is giving veterans the opportunity to learn about the services that are available to them. Goodwill partnered with the WorkOne organization to help veterans on their job hunt, answ... (Show More)

      Goodwill Industries is giving veterans the opportunity to learn about the services that are available to them. Goodwill partnered with the WorkOne organization to help veterans on their job hunt, answer questions that many have about joining the workforce, and provide resources.

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    May 8th, 2019

    Airdate: May 8, 2019

    On this week's episode, we look at how high school students are learning about careers in the construction trades by visiting work sites. We follow up with the Inspired Leadership Initiative to see ho... (Show More)

    On this week's episode, we look at how high school students are learning about careers in the construction trades by visiting work sites. We follow up with the Inspired Leadership Initiative to see how fellows are applying knowledge beyond the classroom at the University of Notre Dame. Ivy Tech is creating a safety net for students through their new Pod 7 program. The AirZoo Museum in Kalamazoo is teaching students about science and history in its multi-disciplinary approach with hands-on education and restoration.

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      Ivy Tech: Pod 7

      Life happens and there is nothing you can do to stop that, but Ivy Tech doesn't want life to stop its students from going to school and reaching their goals. In response to this issue, the school laun... (Show More)

      Life happens and there is nothing you can do to stop that, but Ivy Tech doesn't want life to stop its students from going to school and reaching their goals. In response to this issue, the school launched its Pod 7 program to help provide assistance to students in need. This Programs helps provide things like food, daycare, financial assistance, and other resources to help students cope when life happens.

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      Construction Trades Day

      Many members of the current construction field are getting up there in years and will soon be retiring. This is why groups have been working together to put on special job fairs highlighting the diffe... (Show More)

      Many members of the current construction field are getting up there in years and will soon be retiring. This is why groups have been working together to put on special job fairs highlighting the different construction trades. High school students got the chance to see first hand what members of the constructions industry do while working on job sites.

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      Inspired Leadership Initiative: A Look Ahead

      As the academic year comes to a close, we meet up again with members of the Inspired Leadership Initiative at the University of Notre Dame to see what they've learned and what they will take with them... (Show More)

      As the academic year comes to a close, we meet up again with members of the Inspired Leadership Initiative at the University of Notre Dame to see what they've learned and what they will take with them into the future. We find out what the fellows learned and see how the program moves towards its next set of incoming members.

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      Air Zoo: Restoring History

      At the Air Zoo Museum, students get to be involved with an exciting new project, restoring World War II aircrafts found in Lake Michigan to their former glory. By using a hands on approach to learning... (Show More)

      At the Air Zoo Museum, students get to be involved with an exciting new project, restoring World War II aircrafts found in Lake Michigan to their former glory. By using a hands on approach to learning the museum hopes this will provide a fun way to learn about history and inspire students to join the aviation industry.

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    May 1st, 2019

    Airdate: May 1, 2019

    Education Counts presents four new segments about educational initiatives. Travel with us to Oak Farm Montessori School and their KinderForest program. Learn about sewing and the potential it is unloc... (Show More)

    Education Counts presents four new segments about educational initiatives. Travel with us to Oak Farm Montessori School and their KinderForest program. Learn about sewing and the potential it is unlocking at Sew Loved. Find out about what's coming up at the Lunch and Learn Lecture Series at Robinson Community Learning Center. Cardinal Services is empowering people with disabilities through its Redbird Art Studio in Warsaw.

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      Sew Loved

      It began as a way to teach at risk women the art of sewing and how to get a job in the manufacturing field. But Sew Loved has grown beyond its original mission and now teaches young people and older p... (Show More)

      It began as a way to teach at risk women the art of sewing and how to get a job in the manufacturing field. But Sew Loved has grown beyond its original mission and now teaches young people and older people alike that they can make something of their lives.

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      Lunch and Learn Lecture Series

      Proving it's never too late to learn something new, the Lunch and Learn Lecture series provides senior citizens the opportunity to learn about various topics that may concern them. Hosted at the Robin... (Show More)

      Proving it's never too late to learn something new, the Lunch and Learn Lecture series provides senior citizens the opportunity to learn about various topics that may concern them. Hosted at the Robinson Community Learning Center, speakers on topics ranging from hospital bills to Alzheimer's are brought in to present and teach.

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      Oak Farm Montessori School : Kinderforest

      Oak Farm Montessori School's mission is to provide an environment that inspires children to reach their full potential through meaningful work and its forest school program is no exception. By allowin... (Show More)

      Oak Farm Montessori School's mission is to provide an environment that inspires children to reach their full potential through meaningful work and its forest school program is no exception. By allowing a set time for students to learn about and explore the local forest, they are allowing students to let nature be the teacher and learn about the world around them through exploration.

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      The Redbird Art Studio

      Cardinal Services is all about empowering people with disabilities or challenges and through its Redbird Art Studio ,they are doing this with art. This studio gives people with special needs the chanc... (Show More)

      Cardinal Services is all about empowering people with disabilities or challenges and through its Redbird Art Studio ,they are doing this with art. This studio gives people with special needs the chance to express themselves with their artwork and even make money by selling their pieces. Some members of the Redbird Art Studios pieces have won awards and have made a huge impact on their community.

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    April 17th, 2019

    Airdate: April 17, 2019

    04/17/2019

    04/17/2019

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      Bouncy Bands

      When Natalie Watterson noticed that her students were having trouble staying focused, she decided to take matters into her own hands. With tons of research and support from the community , she was abl... (Show More)

      When Natalie Watterson noticed that her students were having trouble staying focused, she decided to take matters into her own hands. With tons of research and support from the community , she was able to get a Bouncy Band on the desk of every student in her classroom. These devices help students channel that extra energy that keeps them distracted in the classroom.

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