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    October 14th, 2020

    Airdate: October 14, 2020

    This week on Education Counts we have four more segments featuring innovation in education. Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library launched a program that lets students explore other countries. Learn ho... (Show More)

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

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      Michigan City Virtual Academy

      Michigan City has been prepared to teach children virtually. Their Virtual Academy was founded in 2019, and in 2020 saw a surge in enrollment due to more schools taking teaching digital. Michigan City... (Show More)

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

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      E-Learning Parenting Tools

      Kids attending classes from home hasn't just been a learning experience for students and teachers. Parents are also finding they need some help to make sure their children are staying on task. We expl... (Show More)

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

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      Gentlemen and Scholars: Spelling Bee Explosion

      Gentlemen and Scholars has been on a mission to empower the youth in the Michiana area for years. They do this through their Spelling Bee Explosions. Though this year's spelling bee will be seen virtu... (Show More)

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

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    October 7th, 2020

    Airdate: October 7, 2020

    Education Counts seeks programs and initiatives in education that are innovative and impactful. This week we feature B.E.A.R Reading Center that helps students who have reading hurdles. Teachers have ... (Show More)

    Education Counts seeks programs and initiatives in education that are innovative and impactful. This week we feature B.E.A.R Reading Center that helps students who have reading hurdles. Teachers have a new resources in PBS Teacher Planning Kits. Learn about internship opportunities at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary. See how adults are shaping young minds in education through the Slicer Champions Mentoring Program.

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      Slicer Champions Mentoring Program

      All students need the consistent support of adults in their lives, but not every student has that. Slicer Champions is a mentoring program in La Porte that pairs students with adult mentors to help th... (Show More)

      All students need the consistent support of adults in their lives, but not every student has that. Slicer Champions is a mentoring program in La Porte that pairs students with adult mentors to help them set goals, problem solve and celebrate successes.

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      B.E.A.R. Reading Center

      The B.E.A.R Dyslexia Center is a non-profit that focuses on the proper education of children. They understand that some children need a bit more focused learning, so they work to ensure that they are ... (Show More)

      The B.E.A.R Dyslexia Center is a non-profit that focuses on the proper education of children. They understand that some children need a bit more focused learning, so they work to ensure that they are up to speed with the rest of their classmates. However with COVID, there are some changes to the methods that they will use to tutor these children.

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    September 23rd, 2020

    Airdate: September 23, 2020

    We've got four new stories about education lined up for a new episode of Education Counts. Find out how Andrews University modified SciFest to include students across the nation in the annual event. L... (Show More)

    We've got four new stories about education lined up for a new episode of Education Counts. Find out how Andrews University modified SciFest to include students across the nation in the annual event. Learn how public television is experimenting with datacasting to deliver educational materials to students in weak internet areas of the country. Robinson Community Learning Center has a new building, a new look and will be able to provide more services for students in South Bend. Take a virtual tour through the Civil Rights Heritage Center.

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      Datacasting

      Students being able to access information through an Internet connections has become an every day part of life. But there are many areas where connections can be spotty at best. We take look at how pu... (Show More)

      Students being able to access information through an Internet connections has become an every day part of life. But there are many areas where connections can be spotty at best. We take look at how public media stations are testing the use of datacasting for education.

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      New Robinson Community Learning Center

      The Robinson Community Center in South Bend has always served as a place for people of all ages to find enrichment. And now, after moving into a brand new building, we discover what can be expected of... (Show More)

      The Robinson Community Center in South Bend has always served as a place for people of all ages to find enrichment. And now, after moving into a brand new building, we discover what can be expected of this larger space.

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      Andrews University SciFest

      SciFest at Andrews University has always been encouraging STEM education to students. But due to COVID, they had to get innovative, which has seemingly turned out to be advantageous for them. Even tho... (Show More)

      SciFest at Andrews University has always been encouraging STEM education to students. But due to COVID, they had to get innovative, which has seemingly turned out to be advantageous for them. Even though students are unable to visit the campus for this year's SciFest, Andrews University has been able to send the the fest to students' homes across the U.S.

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      Civil Rights Heritage Center Virtual Tour

      The Civil Rights Heritage Center is a staple, highlighting the strides African Americans have made in our community. They have opened their doors to encourage community engagement, through promoting o... (Show More)

      The Civil Rights Heritage Center is a staple, highlighting the strides African Americans have made in our community. They have opened their doors to encourage community engagement, through promoting open dialogues on cultural ongoings. They have now extended that open door digitally, giving people a virtual tour of the historical building, from their homes.

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    September 9th, 2020

    Airdate: September 9, 2020

    We're always searching for programs and initiatives that further the education of students and teachers. This week, see how Elkhart schools are dealing with school uncertainty. Learn about IMPower and... (Show More)

    We're always searching for programs and initiatives that further the education of students and teachers. This week, see how Elkhart schools are dealing with school uncertainty. Learn about IMPower and how adults are learning about the basics of finances, the importance of community and business ownership. Discover how schools in LaGrange County are addressing emotional and mental health issues. Find out how flight simulators are engaging future pilots and paving the way for advanced learning on the ground.

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      Addressing Mental Health

      Between academics and other school activities, it can be easy to miss the signs a student may be having trouble addressing emotional and mental issues. This is an area only explored typically in the m... (Show More)

      Between academics and other school activities, it can be easy to miss the signs a student may be having trouble addressing emotional and mental issues. This is an area only explored typically in the most traumatic of situations, but should be handled more often.We take a look at how Lakeland Schools in LaGrange are addressing the importance of a student's mental well-being.

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      Handling Uncertainty

      The COVID-19 Pandemic has put many schools into a situation they'd never seen before. That uncertainty has created levels of anxiety not just in parents, but also in students. We check in with the Elk... (Show More)

      The COVID-19 Pandemic has put many schools into a situation they'd never seen before. That uncertainty has created levels of anxiety not just in parents, but also in students. We check in with the Elkhart Community Schools to find out what they're doing to create at least some sense of normalcy for their students.

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    September 2nd, 2020

    Airdate: September 2, 2020

    Education Counts looks for the best ideas in education. This week learn how students are being trained at the RV Technical Institute. See how adults are gaining economic freedom through classes and ce... (Show More)

    Education Counts looks for the best ideas in education. This week learn how students are being trained at the RV Technical Institute. See how adults are gaining economic freedom through classes and certifications in the Freedom Academy. The Leadership Academy teaches how to be better community leaders and benefit the local economy. The Disability Network Southwest Michigan connects programs and services to people with mental and physical disability.

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      Disability Network Southwest Michigan

      Disability Network Southwest Michigan works to make sure people with disabilities whether they're physical or mental are informed of the services available to them as well as teaching them how to be m... (Show More)

      Disability Network Southwest Michigan works to make sure people with disabilities whether they're physical or mental are informed of the services available to them as well as teaching them how to be more independent. These could include things like how to get a job or even live on their own. By educating those people along with those around them, the organization hopes everyone is capable of living life to the fullest.

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    August 19th, 2020

    Airdate: August 19, 2020

    We are always in search of programs and initiatives in the name of education that are best practices and able to be replicated and adapted. This week on Education Counts we feature Goodwill's 2nd Chan... (Show More)

    We are always in search of programs and initiatives in the name of education that are best practices and able to be replicated and adapted. This week on Education Counts we feature Goodwill's 2nd Chance at Work program, a local program for adults that is helping bridge the gap between unemployed and gainfully employed. Purdue Polytechnic High School South Bend is giving students hands-on learning and skills through STEM projects and curriculum. HerMichiana spotlights education, training and resources that are available to women in need. The Lilly Endowment is helping preserve youth programs at risk of shuttering during the pandemic by supplying funding so the programs can make the impact they were designed for.

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      Purdue Polytechnic High School

      In order to better prepare students for college, Purdue University launched the Purdue Polytechnic High School. The program teaches students through hands-on and project based learning while also bein... (Show More)

      In order to better prepare students for college, Purdue University launched the Purdue Polytechnic High School. The program teaches students through hands-on and project based learning while also being STEM focused. The aim is for students to be ready to take on whatever the world throws at them.

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      Youth Program Resilience Fund

      The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone in one way or another. With many schools closed, this left youth programs unsure of their own futures. To make sure these types of programs were able to kee... (Show More)

      The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone in one way or another. With many schools closed, this left youth programs unsure of their own futures. To make sure these types of programs were able to keep going, the Lilly Endowment created a Youth Program Resilience Fund.

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    August 5th, 2020

    Airdate: August 5, 2020

    Watch Education Counts Michiana for some of the best practices in education. Visit YouthBuild to see how students are learning more than how to build houses. The 2020 Summer Reading Program in Kewanna... (Show More)

    Watch Education Counts Michiana for some of the best practices in education. Visit YouthBuild to see how students are learning more than how to build houses. The 2020 Summer Reading Program in Kewanna has some special elements to make reading fun. The Next Level Jobs Program is a statewide program in Indiana providing training and expertise in the changing workforce. Find out how Grace Learning Center is teaching adult students how to overcome obstacles by providing classes on a variety of subjects.

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      YouthBuild

      YouthBuild provides skills training for low income and even out of school students. Through the rebuilding of houses, playgrounds and community centers, these students have the opportunity to earn the... (Show More)

      YouthBuild provides skills training for low income and even out of school students. Through the rebuilding of houses, playgrounds and community centers, these students have the opportunity to earn their high school diploma or GED while learning construction trades skills. We head to Benton Harbor to see how a group rehabbed a house with these new skills.

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    July 22nd, 2020

    Airdate: July 22, 2020

    Education Counts Michiana looks for the best in local education programs and resources from pre-k through lifelong learning. This week find our how "Coffee With a Purpose" is a program through Jobs fo... (Show More)

    Education Counts Michiana looks for the best in local education programs and resources from pre-k through lifelong learning. This week find our how "Coffee With a Purpose" is a program through Jobs for Michigan's Graduates in getting real conversations started. The Applied Internship Program is a South Bend-Elkhart program teaching students about start-ups and entrepreneurship. The Merry Lea Summer session through Goshen College connects students to nature and gives teachers the tools the bring nature into their classrooms. The University of Notre Dame teaches equity in the workplace making the environment welcoming, fair and impartial.

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      Coffee with a Purpose

      Job's for Michigan's Graduates and Youth Solutions works to provide high school students with the tools they need to find success. Academics are important, but so is finding a safe place to discuss di... (Show More)

      Job's for Michigan's Graduates and Youth Solutions works to provide high school students with the tools they need to find success. Academics are important, but so is finding a safe place to discuss different topics. Through Coffee with a Purpose, they're creating a forum where people can take part in open discussion.

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    July 15th, 2020

    Airdate: July 15, 2020

    Education Counts seeks the best practices in education from preschool through lifelong learning. Discover how Little Learner's Passports which readies Pulaski County students for kindergarten. PEAK Co... (Show More)

    Education Counts seeks the best practices in education from preschool through lifelong learning. Discover how Little Learner's Passports which readies Pulaski County students for kindergarten. PEAK Community Services helps students with disabilities gain skills to enter the workforce in Starke, Cass and Pulaski Counties. See how lifelong learners can take a course at Michigan State University and be part of the Citizen Planner program. See how students from the University of Notre Dame are adapting to remote internships.

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      PEAK: Pre-Employment Transition Services

      PEAK Community Services provides students with disabilities, the skills necessary to enter the work force. They offer year round professional and work development services to help disadvantaged studen... (Show More)

      PEAK Community Services provides students with disabilities, the skills necessary to enter the work force. They offer year round professional and work development services to help disadvantaged students provide for themselves and their families. Their mission is far beyond just putting them in the work place. It's their passion to help others learn how to provide a better living for themselves, and to teach them how to grow as valuable community members.

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    July 8th, 2020

    Airdate: July 8, 2020

    Learn about regional and national programs and initiatives in education on Education Counts. Learn how a local musician's passion for music has become his legacy in Drew's Gift of Music in Marshall Co... (Show More)

    Learn about regional and national programs and initiatives in education on Education Counts. Learn how a local musician's passion for music has become his legacy in Drew's Gift of Music in Marshall County. See how the Starke County Youth Club plays a vital role in connection and enrichment. Step on the Little Bucks Bookmobile and see how summer reading is being made accessible to students in Buchanan. Meet Moxie Robot who teaches kids soft skills through interactivity.

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      Starke County Youth Club

      In order to reach their full potential, students need a place where they feel supported and can have their interests nurtured. The Starke County Youth Club's mission is to provide a place where those ... (Show More)

      In order to reach their full potential, students need a place where they feel supported and can have their interests nurtured. The Starke County Youth Club's mission is to provide a place where those children can find that enrichment and even discover something new about themselves.

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      Drew's Gift of Music

      Drew Shearin was a very talented teen. He mastered multiple instruments, served as drum major for the Knox Redskin Brigade and reached the status of an award-winning composer teen, all by the age of 1... (Show More)

      Drew Shearin was a very talented teen. He mastered multiple instruments, served as drum major for the Knox Redskin Brigade and reached the status of an award-winning composer teen, all by the age of 17. Unfortunately he was taken from us in the fall of 2011. However that hasn't stopped him from gifting us with the wonderful sounds of music. Drew's Gift of Music is an organization that provides instruments and training to rising musicians. This is a legacy that Drew started before his passing, because he wasn't just gifted, he was a gift giver.

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      Little Buck's Bookmobile

      Little Buck's Bookmobile (with the help of volunteers), is bringing books to neighborhoods throughout the Buchanan area. They want to keep students reading throughout the summer to avoid the slump. Th... (Show More)

      Little Buck's Bookmobile (with the help of volunteers), is bringing books to neighborhoods throughout the Buchanan area. They want to keep students reading throughout the summer to avoid the slump. Though you may think that this mobile book service is catered strictly to younger kids, they also have options for teens as well. They understand that not everyone has means to good books, so they are helping by bringing the library to them.

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    July 1st, 2020

    Airdate: July 1, 2020

    Education Counts looks for educational programs to showcase the best in practice. Learn how the entire community can learn at their own pace by becoming Bendable. Students are getting career training ... (Show More)

    Education Counts looks for educational programs to showcase the best in practice. Learn how the entire community can learn at their own pace by becoming Bendable. Students are getting career training on site through a program called AncillaWorks. Translate For Toddlers is helping expand vocabulary and social justice through reading. See what's in store for summer theater and learning at the South Bend Civic Theatre.

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      Summer Theater Series in the Park

      For the South Bend Civic Theatre, the show goes on. To make sure people will be able to enjoy performances safely, they teamed with with South Bend Venues Parks & Arts to create a summer theatre serie... (Show More)

      For the South Bend Civic Theatre, the show goes on. To make sure people will be able to enjoy performances safely, they teamed with with South Bend Venues Parks & Arts to create a summer theatre series at the local parks.

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      Bendable

      Learning a new skill has never been easier in our digital age. Lifelong Learning or Bendable, wants to make it even easier with their services. Partnered with the St. Joseph County Public Library, the... (Show More)

      Learning a new skill has never been easier in our digital age. Lifelong Learning or Bendable, wants to make it even easier with their services. Partnered with the St. Joseph County Public Library, they are offering the community a database to learn whatever their heart's desire. This database is filled with links that lead to valuable content that can help you learn new trades, hobbies, tighten up on existing skills, or to even help you with homework.

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    June 17th, 2020

    Airdate: June 17, 2020

    Education Counts presents some of the best ideas in education in the region. This week, find out how South Bend Community School Corporation students can earn an associate's degree in high school. Lea... (Show More)

    Education Counts presents some of the best ideas in education in the region. This week, find out how South Bend Community School Corporation students can earn an associate's degree in high school. Learn how Ivy Tech is rapidly adapting to changing needs of the student body. Head to the jobsite with Hard Hats and Heels and see how one woman-owned construction company is encouraging women to pursue S.T.E.M. trades. Learn about talking to young children about race and racism.

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      Earning an Associate's Degree in High School

      A partnership between South Bend Schools and Ivy Tech Community College is giving high school seniors to walk across the graduation stage with more than just a high school diploma. This program lets s... (Show More)

      A partnership between South Bend Schools and Ivy Tech Community College is giving high school seniors to walk across the graduation stage with more than just a high school diploma. This program lets students take college course while still in high school and earn an Associate's Degree at no cost to the students or their families.

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      Educating Children on Race

      Children’s minds are like wet clay, easily moldable. Unfortunately that leads them to also pick up less desirable traits from those around them. Racism isn’t an easy topic to talk to a chi... (Show More)

      Children’s minds are like wet clay, easily moldable. Unfortunately that leads them to also pick up less desirable traits from those around them. Racism isn’t an easy topic to talk to a child about however racism is taught. Just like you can teach a child to be racist, you can also teach them against it. In order for society to function at its best, it has to free itself of prejudices for different races and that means starting the teaching of acceptance and inclusiveness of other races at their most vulnerable mind state.

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    June 10th, 2020

    Airdate: June 10, 2020

    Education Counts seeks out the best in education for pre-k through lifelong learning. This week, learn how Niles S.T.E.A.M Room is making room for education. Potawatomi Zoo has transitioned to online ... (Show More)

    Education Counts seeks out the best in education for pre-k through lifelong learning. This week, learn how Niles S.T.E.A.M Room is making room for education. Potawatomi Zoo has transitioned to online versions of classes. Meet an elementary education teacher who improvised music class. Manchester University announced free tuition for incoming students to lower barriers to education.

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      Niles S.T.E.A.M Room

      The Nile’s STEAM Room isn’t what you think it is. It’s name is actually an acronym for what it stands for: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Manufacturing. It was created i... (Show More)

      The Nile’s STEAM Room isn’t what you think it is. It’s name is actually an acronym for what it stands for: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Manufacturing. It was created in 2019 to work as an incubator for the local creatives' artistic endeavors and a center for learning. It is a place for learning for home schoolers and all students. Community members share knowledge and students are able to take classes to learn new skills.

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      Potawatomi Zoo Online

      When the Potawatomi Zoo had to close to observe social distancing, they made sure people were still able to see them as a place of learning. They were able to move their classes to online versions mak... (Show More)

      When the Potawatomi Zoo had to close to observe social distancing, they made sure people were still able to see them as a place of learning. They were able to move their classes to online versions making sure the fun with animals didn't have to stop.

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    June 3rd, 2020

    Airdate: June 3, 2020

    Education Counts seeks the best in education for pre-school through lifelong learning. This week we feature how Lakeland Schools implemented Seesaw's learning portal to take classroom instruction into... (Show More)

    Education Counts seeks the best in education for pre-school through lifelong learning. This week we feature how Lakeland Schools implemented Seesaw's learning portal to take classroom instruction into the homes of students. We spoke to student entrepreneurs and mentors that are part of the Moxie Startup program in St. Joseph and Elkhart Counties. We learned about Homeschool at the Library, an educational outreach program from the Plymouth Public Library. We saw the process how two schools in Plymouth created online concerts for music students.

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      Startup Moxie

      Startup Moxie was put in place to help talented high school students, further diversify themselves by learning the art of entrepreneurship. Many students go on to create foundations, and companies tha... (Show More)

      Startup Moxie was put in place to help talented high school students, further diversify themselves by learning the art of entrepreneurship. Many students go on to create foundations, and companies that can benefit others in the community. The program provides students with mentors, valuable networks, the opportunity to cultivate their professional self before stepping onto a college campus. It also helps them develop other strong character traits that could help them on the road to success. This program includes all high schools in St. Joseph County, however only a select few are chosen to participate in such a program.

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      Seesaw

      There are many different ways teachers can reach their students even when they're not in class. At Lakeland Schools in LaGrange, teachers were taught how to use a learning portal known as Seesaw. We t... (Show More)

      There are many different ways teachers can reach their students even when they're not in class. At Lakeland Schools in LaGrange, teachers were taught how to use a learning portal known as Seesaw. We take a look at how it works and brings the classroom community closer together.

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    May 27th, 2020

    Airdate: May 27, 2020

    Education Counts looks for best practices in teaching and learning. This week we’re looking at how pre-school in Cass County have adapted to distance learning. South Bend Community School Corporatio... (Show More)

    Education Counts looks for best practices in teaching and learning. This week we’re looking at how pre-school in Cass County have adapted to distance learning. South Bend Community School Corporation has adapted to online learning for adult students. Tippecanoe Valley Middle School launched a 31-Day Mental Wellness Challenge for students, staff and teachers. The South Bend Civic Theatre has designed free online classes and experiences.

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      South Bend Civic Theatre Online

      If you've ever wanted to take a theater class but didn't have the time, the South Bend Civic Theatre has an opportunity for you. Online workshops are available at no cost and include subjects in multi... (Show More)

      If you've ever wanted to take a theater class but didn't have the time, the South Bend Civic Theatre has an opportunity for you. Online workshops are available at no cost and include subjects in multiple performing areas.

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    May 20th, 2020

    Airdate: May 20, 2020

    Education Counts presents best practices in education. This week we explore an online class in Plymouth whose teacher and students are using math in the kitchen to prepare food together. What does it ... (Show More)

    Education Counts presents best practices in education. This week we explore an online class in Plymouth whose teacher and students are using math in the kitchen to prepare food together. What does it take to become Youth of the Year at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Benton Harbor? Ask TeKeidra Masters. She received the honor. Music Together has created a way for parents and young children to bond through music remotely. The summer reading program at Elkhart Public Library kicks off and now offers online innovation.

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      Elkhart Public Library's Summer Reading Challenge

      The Elkhart Public Library's mission is to keep the spirit of reading alive with it's reading community. So, they are continuing their Summer Reading Program, with even larger prizes this year, and an... (Show More)

      The Elkhart Public Library's mission is to keep the spirit of reading alive with it's reading community. So, they are continuing their Summer Reading Program, with even larger prizes this year, and an app to keep children and teens up to date with their progress. However, for those involved, reading was something that they did freely, without any need for an incentive. The Elkhart Summer Reading Challenge is just a way for them to further challenge themselves, and for them to have a reason to keep doing what they love.

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    May 13th, 2020

    Airdate: May 13, 2020

    Education Counts features stories that showcase best practices in and out of the classroom. Kindergartners at Akron Elementary were able to virtually be part of baby chicks hatching, an annual spring ... (Show More)

    Education Counts features stories that showcase best practices in and out of the classroom. Kindergartners at Akron Elementary were able to virtually be part of baby chicks hatching, an annual spring program at the school. Premier Arts in Elkhart has adapted to teaching, training and entertaining from afar. Students struggling with homework can call for assistance to the Retired Teachers Help Hotline. Enjoy a virtual field trip and take part in a scavenger hunt online at the Niles History Center.

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      Call & Learn Hotline

      Schools may have gone from physical to digital, but all students may need extra help from time to time. For those students without Internet access, the Indiana Retired Teachers Association created a h... (Show More)

      Schools may have gone from physical to digital, but all students may need extra help from time to time. For those students without Internet access, the Indiana Retired Teachers Association created a homework help hotline to aide any student who needs it.

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      Premier Arts' Online Content

      Like many other organizations during this time Premier Arts, the Resident Theatre of the Lerner Performing Arts Center, has to adapt the ways that it keeps its participants involvement. And like many ... (Show More)

      Like many other organizations during this time Premier Arts, the Resident Theatre of the Lerner Performing Arts Center, has to adapt the ways that it keeps its participants involvement. And like many other organizations, they are going online based as well. Premier Arts is now holding online based courses for a variety of the arts, as they believe the arts are just as vital to the community as any other resource.

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    May 6th, 2020

    Airdate: May 6, 2020

    Education Counts take a deeper look into At Home Learning, WNIT’s 34.5 that offers programs and teaching resources for students in grades 6-12th. Adaptive Arts eliminates barriers for distance learn... (Show More)

    Education Counts take a deeper look into At Home Learning, WNIT’s 34.5 that offers programs and teaching resources for students in grades 6-12th. Adaptive Arts eliminates barriers for distance learning through music. Plymouth High School students navigate virtual choir auditions from home. Bridgeman Schools have created a system of online learning that works for students in every grade level.

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      Music Lessons in Isolation

      Adaptive Arts has always helped break down barriers to allow anyone to be able to learn and play music. Even in times of social distancing and isolation, they're continuing that mission through the us... (Show More)

      Adaptive Arts has always helped break down barriers to allow anyone to be able to learn and play music. Even in times of social distancing and isolation, they're continuing that mission through the use of technology. Teachers and students are able to remain in contact and even play together through their digital screens.

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      Online Dashboard Learning

      Schools across the country have had to find ways to make sure students are able to continue learning. We explore how Bridgman Schools in Berrien County have created a system of online learning that wo... (Show More)

      Schools across the country have had to find ways to make sure students are able to continue learning. We explore how Bridgman Schools in Berrien County have created a system of online learning that works for students in every grade level.

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      Plymouth High School Virtual Auditions

      With mandated quarantines affecting the way we function in the world, improvisation is the only way we can put our best foot forward during unprecedented times. At Plymouth High School, the show must ... (Show More)

      With mandated quarantines affecting the way we function in the world, improvisation is the only way we can put our best foot forward during unprecedented times. At Plymouth High School, the show must go on, with the choir continuing to place auditions. However these auditions are all virtual. This gives the teacher and students the chance to change the dynamic of what auditions have to be.

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      At Home Learning on the World Channel

      The World Channel is full of resources and programs for students and teachers to stay educated and inspired from home. With many people being stuck at home, World Channel is dedicating hours between 1... (Show More)

      The World Channel is full of resources and programs for students and teachers to stay educated and inspired from home. With many people being stuck at home, World Channel is dedicating hours between 12-5, to at home learning for grades 6-12. WGBH's Liz Cheng and Elizabeth Gardner inform us about what they have to offer, why they do what they do, and how they are trying to make sure that education is ongoing, no matter the circumstances.

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    April 22nd, 2020

    Airdate: April 22, 2020

    Reading proficiency is such a part of learning. This week Education Counts highlights literacy. We start by looking at a program that instills the love of reading called 1000 Books Before Kindergarten... (Show More)

    Reading proficiency is such a part of learning. This week Education Counts highlights literacy. We start by looking at a program that instills the love of reading called 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. La Casa de Amistad is working to keep students reading at home and engaged in learning. Berrien RESA has a literacy coaching program for students in Berrien County. The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is helping families build personal libraries without the barrier of cost.

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      Wi-Fi Buses

      There are two things every students needs when schools are closed. One is quality food and the other is access to Internet. We take a look and see how the South Bend Community School Corporation has m... (Show More)

      There are two things every students needs when schools are closed. One is quality food and the other is access to Internet. We take a look and see how the South Bend Community School Corporation has made it possible to provide Wi-Fi access to students in all areas so they can continue learning even when school is closed.

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    April 8th, 2020

    Airdate: April 8, 2020

    This week we created a themed episode featuring how nature is being used to teach. Future teachers at Indiana University South Bend learn at Prairie winds Nature Farm how to take the class outside the... (Show More)

    This week we created a themed episode featuring how nature is being used to teach. Future teachers at Indiana University South Bend learn at Prairie winds Nature Farm how to take the class outside the classroom and engage with nature. The Junior Indiana Master Naturalist Course helps homeschool students appreciate history and the great outdoors. Smaller kids get hands on nature in a pond study at Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve. The Wild School at Luna Hill Farm lets students figure out solutions using raw materials found in nature. We also highlight online and on air educational resources for distance learning available for parents, students and teachers.

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      WNIT Educational Resources

      WNIT's mission is to provide continuous learning opportunities over the air and online for all ages. We do so by offering plenty of resources through our homepage, daily news letter, websites, and con... (Show More)

      WNIT's mission is to provide continuous learning opportunities over the air and online for all ages. We do so by offering plenty of resources through our homepage, daily news letter, websites, and content. We are commited to education and want to extend help, however we can, from our station to your screens.

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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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    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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    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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      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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    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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      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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      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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      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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    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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      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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    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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      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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      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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    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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      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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    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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      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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      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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      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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    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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      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 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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    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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    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 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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      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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      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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    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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      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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    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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      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.  

  • Episode

    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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      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.

  • Episode

    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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    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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      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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      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.

  • Episode

    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.

  • Episode

    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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      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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      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.

  • Episode

    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.

  • Episode

    April 10th, 2019

    Airdate: April 10, 2019

    Education Counts packs together four more stories about educational initiatives in our region. BerrienRESA gives autistic students tools for success and Dugout Dolls in Niles teaches girls about leade... (Show More)

    Education Counts packs together four more stories about educational initiatives in our region. BerrienRESA gives autistic students tools for success and Dugout Dolls in Niles teaches girls about leadership and empowerment through softball. We learn about safety in the digital age from Wa-Nee Schools and training service dogs from Top Notch Service Dogs.

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      Digital and Online Safety

      Through a partnership between Wa-Nee Schools and Triple P, parents are getting a lesson in how to make sure their children are safe when surfing the internet. When living in the new digital age, it's ... (Show More)

      Through a partnership between Wa-Nee Schools and Triple P, parents are getting a lesson in how to make sure their children are safe when surfing the internet. When living in the new digital age, it's important to know the best ways to make sure kids aren't seeing inappropriate content.

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      BerrienRESA and Autism

      The month of April is Autism Awareness Month. We visited BerrienRESA in Berrien Springs, Michigan to see the tools students with autism have so they can succeed in school and life.

      The month of April is Autism Awareness Month. We visited BerrienRESA in Berrien Springs, Michigan to see the tools students with autism have so they can succeed in school and life.

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      Dugout Dolls

      The Dugout Dolls are far from your typical softball training facility. In fact when Trish Gardini noticed that the community was lacking female leadership she created the organization to help. The sta... (Show More)

      The Dugout Dolls are far from your typical softball training facility. In fact when Trish Gardini noticed that the community was lacking female leadership she created the organization to help. The staff here uses softball and coaching as a vehicle to empower women and girls in the community.

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    April 3rd, 2019

    Airdate: April 3, 2019

    04/03/2019

    04/03/2019

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      Youth Leadership

      Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka offers a dynamic youth program that gives high school students the opportunity to get involved with their community and gain leadership skills. Partnered with the schoo... (Show More)

      Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka offers a dynamic youth program that gives high school students the opportunity to get involved with their community and gain leadership skills. Partnered with the schools in the area, this program gets students to engage in planned events and projects to help students reach their full potential.

  • Episode

    March 20th, 2019

    Airdate: March 20, 2019

    Education Counts brings you stories about the robust CTE programs at Niles High School and how Lakeshore High School students in Stevensville can graduate with a Certified Nursing Assistant certificat... (Show More)

    Education Counts brings you stories about the robust CTE programs at Niles High School and how Lakeshore High School students in Stevensville can graduate with a Certified Nursing Assistant certification. You’ll also learn about free tutoring from Riverbend Community Math Center and adult acting classes at the South Bend Civic Theatre.

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      Certified Nursing Assistant Program

      Through the Certified Nursing Assistant Program, students at Lakeshore High School in Stevensville, Michigan are able to get hands on training for what it's like in the medical field. Students get the... (Show More)

      Through the Certified Nursing Assistant Program, students at Lakeshore High School in Stevensville, Michigan are able to get hands on training for what it's like in the medical field. Students get the chance to see what it's like to be a real nurse and learn from a professional.

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      Niles High School CTE Program

      Niles High School has been awarded $85,000 in grants to benefit their CTE programs. The School's CTE programs include Agriculture, Automotive Technology, Culinary Arts, Graphic Design, and so much mor... (Show More)

      Niles High School has been awarded $85,000 in grants to benefit their CTE programs. The School's CTE programs include Agriculture, Automotive Technology, Culinary Arts, Graphic Design, and so much more. By embracing and providing students with a comprehensive career focused education, Niles hopes that its students can reach their full potential.

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      Adult Acting Classes - South Bend Civic Theatre

      To embrace lifelong learning and the love of craft, the South Bend Civic Theatre has begun offering acting classes for adults. Classes embrace students at various levels of interest and desire.

      To embrace lifelong learning and the love of craft, the South Bend Civic Theatre has begun offering acting classes for adults. Classes embrace students at various levels of interest and desire.

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      Riverbend Community Math Center

      The Riverbend Community Math Center is a non-profit organization that offers free tutoring and learning programs to build confidence in mathematics. The organization provides several different types o... (Show More)

      The Riverbend Community Math Center is a non-profit organization that offers free tutoring and learning programs to build confidence in mathematics. The organization provides several different types of programs including Math and Technology Academy, Math Circles, teacher workshops, and custom events with hands-on activities.

  • Episode

    March 13th, 2019

    Airdate: March 13, 2019

    Education Counts learns about the Coastline Children’s Film Festival, attends two bilingual preschools to learn about language immersion as a cultural tool, observes Notre Dame law students working ... (Show More)

    Education Counts learns about the Coastline Children’s Film Festival, attends two bilingual preschools to learn about language immersion as a cultural tool, observes Notre Dame law students working side by side with Clay High School students for mock trial skills and visits the technology department at Schmucker Middle School in Mishawaka to see how it maintains digital connectivity.

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      Schmucker Middle School: Technology Department

      Technology is alive and well at Schmucker Middle School...But, what goes on behind the scenes to make sure all the computers are up and running. Schmucker Middle School gives us a look at the men and ... (Show More)

      Technology is alive and well at Schmucker Middle School...But, what goes on behind the scenes to make sure all the computers are up and running. Schmucker Middle School gives us a look at the men and women who manage the technology department and what they do to make it all possible.

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      Clay High School: Mock Trials

      Clay High School's Mock Trial Team is preparing to compete in the statewide Mock Trial competition. Notre Dame is paying it forward and assisting the high schoolers by providing support and guidance t... (Show More)

      Clay High School's Mock Trial Team is preparing to compete in the statewide Mock Trial competition. Notre Dame is paying it forward and assisting the high schoolers by providing support and guidance through its own law students.

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      Coastline Children's Film Festival

      The Coastline Children's Film Festival offers free movie screenings of films aimed at children. The festival takes place at several venues around the region. And a Young Filmmaker's Competition offers... (Show More)

      The Coastline Children's Film Festival offers free movie screenings of films aimed at children. The festival takes place at several venues around the region. And a Young Filmmaker's Competition offers burgeoning artists the chance to have their work shown to a larger audience.

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    March 6th, 2019

    Airdate: March 6, 2019

    Education Counts explores an Andrews University initiative called Rise Up Against Abuse, a career pathway fair for high school students in Berrien County, the power of music in education and expressio... (Show More)

    Education Counts explores an Andrews University initiative called Rise Up Against Abuse, a career pathway fair for high school students in Berrien County, the power of music in education and expression and how schools are implementing e-learning.

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      Career Pathway Day

      BerrienRESA worked together with the high schools throughout Berrien County to put on a Career Pathway Day. High school freshmen were able to explore and ask about the various career paths available t... (Show More)

      BerrienRESA worked together with the high schools throughout Berrien County to put on a Career Pathway Day. High school freshmen were able to explore and ask about the various career paths available to them so they can make informed decisions.

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      E-Learning Days

      Through the use of preplanned E-Learning Days, Bremen Public Schools are able to have students complete classwork from home. E-learning days make it possible for students to have school days even when... (Show More)

      Through the use of preplanned E-Learning Days, Bremen Public Schools are able to have students complete classwork from home. E-learning days make it possible for students to have school days even when schools are closed due to inclement weather. These could one day make snow days and make up snow days a relic of education's past.

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    February 13th, 2019

    Airdate: February 13, 2019

    Education Counts talks to students involved in Jobs for Michigan's Graduates, journey's to Niles District Library for a Smithsonian exhibit on waterways, steps back in time for Insights in History at ... (Show More)

    Education Counts talks to students involved in Jobs for Michigan's Graduates, journey's to Niles District Library for a Smithsonian exhibit on waterways, steps back in time for Insights in History at The History Museum and travels to Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve for a look at Sims Education Center.

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      Jobs for Michigan's Graduates

      Jobs for Michigan's Graduates is a program that equips high school students with soft skills, confidence, stability and work experience. The statewide initiative helps students overcome barriers to ed... (Show More)

      Jobs for Michigan's Graduates is a program that equips high school students with soft skills, confidence, stability and work experience. The statewide initiative helps students overcome barriers to education and employment and has its roots at Benton Harbor High School.

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