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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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      Middle School Acting Classes

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

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

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      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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      The Irish Figure Skating Club

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

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

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    October 2nd, 2019

    Airdate: October 2, 2019

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

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

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      Art Education Classes

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

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

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

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

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

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      The Mary Morris Leighton Impact Series

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

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

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    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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      No Malice Required: Achieving Equity for All

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

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

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      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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    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.

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    July 10th, 2019

    Airdate: July 10, 2019

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

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

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      Elkhart County History Museum

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

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

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    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.

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    May 22nd, 2019

    Airdate: May 22, 2019

    05/22/2019

    05/22/2019

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      ETHOS Robotics

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

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

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    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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      Air Zoo: Restoring History

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

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

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    April 17th, 2019

    Airdate: April 17, 2019

    04/17/2019

    04/17/2019

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      Bouncy Bands

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

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

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    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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      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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      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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    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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      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.

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    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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      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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      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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      Sims Education Center

      In an effort to further their goal of educating through nature, Fernwood Botanical Gardens has opened the Sims Education Center. Here, visitors of all ages will have access to resources and informatio... (Show More)

      In an effort to further their goal of educating through nature, Fernwood Botanical Gardens has opened the Sims Education Center. Here, visitors of all ages will have access to resources and information about the natural world around them.

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    February 6th, 2019

    Airdate: February 6, 2019

    Education Counts looks at CNC Training and the value of apprenticeships in educating the workforce, visits Science Alive at the St. Joseph County Public Library, learns how Gentlemen and Scholars is h... (Show More)

    Education Counts looks at CNC Training and the value of apprenticeships in educating the workforce, visits Science Alive at the St. Joseph County Public Library, learns how Gentlemen and Scholars is helping teens become their best selves and follows The Gift of Warmth from the Lake Maxinkuckee Film Festival to providing warm clothing to students in need.

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      Gentlemen & Scholars Inc.

      Far too often these days, it seems like young people are not able to live up to their full potential and be their best selves. Gentlemen & Scholars Inc. works to provide a place and the opportunities ... (Show More)

      Far too often these days, it seems like young people are not able to live up to their full potential and be their best selves. Gentlemen & Scholars Inc. works to provide a place and the opportunities to learn the life skills they need to get to where they want to go.

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    January 23rd, 2019

    Airdate: January 23, 2019

    Education Counts celebrates learning on Martin Luther King Day, spends time with those providing warmth for learning in Culver, looks into flexible class schedules for adult learning at Southwestern M... (Show More)

    Education Counts celebrates learning on Martin Luther King Day, spends time with those providing warmth for learning in Culver, looks into flexible class schedules for adult learning at Southwestern Michigan College, checks the state of innovation and new business startups in South Bend and Elkhart and explores how kids are getting first-hand knowledge in career options.

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      South Bend MLK Day

      Through programs and seminars, the City of South Bend looks to teach future generations about the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

      Through programs and seminars, the City of South Bend looks to teach future generations about the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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    January 16th, 2019

    Airdate: January 16, 2019

    Education Counts explores barber college as a career choice, experience for k-12 kids at South Bend Coding School, a new CTE flight program at the Plymouth Municipal Airport and how resource officers ... (Show More)

    Education Counts explores barber college as a career choice, experience for k-12 kids at South Bend Coding School, a new CTE flight program at the Plymouth Municipal Airport and how resource officers are providing comfort and emotional well being to students.

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      South Bend Code School

      In a changing world where code is becoming part of the everyday, it's more important than ever that the youth of today are able to recognize and utilize the world of coding. The South Bend Code School... (Show More)

      In a changing world where code is becoming part of the everyday, it's more important than ever that the youth of today are able to recognize and utilize the world of coding. The South Bend Code School offers the hands on experience to take on the future.

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    January 9th, 2019

    Airdate: January 9, 2019

    Education Counts heads to the Charles Black Rec Center for a look at the multi-million dollar upgrade, dabbles in a worldwide game design experience, checks out how libraries are evolving to learning ... (Show More)

    Education Counts heads to the Charles Black Rec Center for a look at the multi-million dollar upgrade, dabbles in a worldwide game design experience, checks out how libraries are evolving to learning commons in Elkhart schools and makes the connection between working parents, quality preschool and the economy.

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      Charles Black Community Center

      The Charles Black Community Center has reopened after a multi-million dollar renovation. The larger and new facilities offer opportunities for members of the community to take part in various programs... (Show More)

      The Charles Black Community Center has reopened after a multi-million dollar renovation. The larger and new facilities offer opportunities for members of the community to take part in various programs at no charge to them.

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    December 19th, 2018

    Airdate: December 19, 2018

    Education Counts looks at new business startups and innovation in the South Bend and Elkhart region and then visits RISE (Regional Innovation and Startup Education) to see how students are learning ab... (Show More)

    Education Counts looks at new business startups and innovation in the South Bend and Elkhart region and then visits RISE (Regional Innovation and Startup Education) to see how students are learning about the ins and outs of running a business. We look at how schools in Elkhart are integrating mobile technology into the classroom and at a Teacher Academy at Lewis Cass ISD to see how co-learning and universal design are impacting new and veteran teachers.

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      Technology Integration

      As technology becomes more user friendly, it's being found being used more and more in the classroom. Elkhart Community Schools has been working to give teachers and students the necessary tools to be... (Show More)

      As technology becomes more user friendly, it's being found being used more and more in the classroom. Elkhart Community Schools has been working to give teachers and students the necessary tools to become more digitally literate in a growing technological world.

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      Teacher Academy

      K-12 Teachers in Michigan are required to have 30 hours of professional development per year of their first three years. The Teacher Academy at the Lewis Cass Intermediate School District is a place f... (Show More)

      K-12 Teachers in Michigan are required to have 30 hours of professional development per year of their first three years. The Teacher Academy at the Lewis Cass Intermediate School District is a place for all teachers to gain professional development and co-learn together on a range of topics with a focus on universal design.

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    December 12th, 2018

    Airdate: December 12, 2018

    This week on Education Counts we have a conversation with PBS president Paula Kerger on education and television, a Farm to Fork high school program, a look at National Novel Writing Month and the Reg... (Show More)

    This week on Education Counts we have a conversation with PBS president Paula Kerger on education and television, a Farm to Fork high school program, a look at National Novel Writing Month and the Reggio Emilia approach to learning.

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      NaNoWriMo

      NaNoWriMo is a free, global opportunity every year in which anyone can participate. The goal is to write 50,000 words during the month of November. Writers, students, teachers and new participants con... (Show More)

      NaNoWriMo is a free, global opportunity every year in which anyone can participate. The goal is to write 50,000 words during the month of November. Writers, students, teachers and new participants connect locally and online to be part of the NaNoWriMo community.

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      PBS Philosophy of Education

      Paula Kerger, president and CEO of PBS talks about the philosophy of education in PBS programming, adapting technology and learning and how core curriculum permeates thinking when producing new media.

      Paula Kerger, president and CEO of PBS talks about the philosophy of education in PBS programming, adapting technology and learning and how core curriculum permeates thinking when producing new media.

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    December 5th, 2018

    Airdate: December 5, 2018

    Education Counts learns about a life-changing program called Proteus that is helping farm laborers with career training and placing students in workplace internships. We travel to Lakeland High School... (Show More)

    Education Counts learns about a life-changing program called Proteus that is helping farm laborers with career training and placing students in workplace internships. We travel to Lakeland High School to find out how rural schools can offer alternative education. We find out what CTE programs are available to students in the North Central Area Vocational Cooperative. We also look at the profound impact early childhood education has on today’s workforce.

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      Building Workforce Stability

      Data indicates today's workforce is heavily impacted by working parents and the quality and stability of early childhood education.

      Data indicates today's workforce is heavily impacted by working parents and the quality and stability of early childhood education.

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    November 14th, 2018

    Airdate: November 14, 2018

    Education Counts learns about a skills-training program that alleviates three problems in the community – joblessness, poverty and hunger. We travel to Kosciusko County, which is home to a clean lak... (Show More)

    Education Counts learns about a skills-training program that alleviates three problems in the community – joblessness, poverty and hunger. We travel to Kosciusko County, which is home to a clean lakes research program; see the connection between investing in early childhood education and economic impact and witness active learning in South Bend.

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      Career Academy South Bend

      For some students, public charter schools offer a chance to get more hands on project based learning experiences. In his continuing series on alternative forms of schools, Brent visits the Career Acad... (Show More)

      For some students, public charter schools offer a chance to get more hands on project based learning experiences. In his continuing series on alternative forms of schools, Brent visits the Career Academy South Bend. Find out what students can expect if they choose to become students.

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      Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams

      With it's new home at the Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex at Grace College, the Lilly Center for Lakes and Streams can bring its educational message to a larger audience. K-12 students will be able... (Show More)

      With it's new home at the Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex at Grace College, the Lilly Center for Lakes and Streams can bring its educational message to a larger audience. K-12 students will be able to have a hands on learning experience and have fun while learning about the regions local aquatic life. College students also are able to take part as part of the center's research team.

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    November 7th, 2018

    Airdate: November 7, 2018

    Education Counts travels to Wawasee High School for a hands-on look at Career Pathways, learns that Millenials are engaging with libraries in new ways, talks to high school students at Penn High Schoo... (Show More)

    Education Counts travels to Wawasee High School for a hands-on look at Career Pathways, learns that Millenials are engaging with libraries in new ways, talks to high school students at Penn High School who are co-learning about early childhood education and follows up on the Inspired Leadership Initiative at the University of Notre Dame.

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      Increased Millennial Usage of Libraries

      A recent study found that millennials use public libraries more than any other generation in America. Victoria St. Martin visits local libraries in Michigan and Indiana to discuss this trend.

      A recent study found that millennials use public libraries more than any other generation in America. Victoria St. Martin visits local libraries in Michigan and Indiana to discuss this trend.

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    October 24th, 2018

    Airdate: October 24, 2018

    Education Counts showcases the Inspired Leadership Initiative at the University of Notre Dame, takes a closer look at alternative education at the Berrien Springs Virtual Academy, highlights inclusiv... (Show More)

    Education Counts showcases the Inspired Leadership Initiative at the University of Notre Dame, takes a closer look at alternative education at the Berrien Springs Virtual Academy, highlights inclusiveness at the Brain Lair Bookstore and examines the Mini Medical University Beacon Health offers for teenagers.

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      Berrien Springs Virtual Academy

      The traditional school route may not be for everyone. In the first part of a multi-part series, Brent Fox explores different types of alternative schools. He also explores how these alternative progra... (Show More)

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

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    October 3rd, 2018

    Airdate: October 3, 2018

    This week, we meet fine arts students who are using new technology to grow their skills, visit a unique after-school program, revisit Goodwill's interview training class, and attend a conference with ... (Show More)

    This week, we meet fine arts students who are using new technology to grow their skills, visit a unique after-school program, revisit Goodwill's interview training class, and attend a conference with teachers who are learning about an innovative approach to discipline.

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      Spoonful of Imagination

      Spoonful of Imagination is a non-profit art studio located in Warsaw, Indiana. Kids and adults have the opportunity to come in and take classes, workshops, or just have fun with arts and crafts. 

      Spoonful of Imagination is a non-profit art studio located in Warsaw, Indiana. Kids and adults have the opportunity to come in and take classes, workshops, or just have fun with arts and crafts. 

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      Conscious Discipline

      Sometimes disciplining children can be as simple as asking them why they did the negative action in the first place. This style is known as Conscious Discipline and the aim is to teach positive action... (Show More)

      Sometimes disciplining children can be as simple as asking them why they did the negative action in the first place. This style is known as Conscious Discipline and the aim is to teach positive action through demonstration and recognition. A group of teachers took the time to learn the ins and outs of this form of self awareness in the classroom.

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      The Fine Arts

      The fine arts can be an important, but often overlooked aspect of student life. These creative outlets allow students to take a more hands on approach and explore as aspect of education they may not g... (Show More)

      The fine arts can be an important, but often overlooked aspect of student life. These creative outlets allow students to take a more hands on approach and explore as aspect of education they may not get in other classes throughout the school day. Brent travels to Mishawaka High School where young artists are encouraged to think outside the box.

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    September 12th, 2018

    Airdate: September 12, 2018

    This week, we meet students who are thinking about their future careers, learn more about student resource officers, explore resources designed to help homeless students, and visit the Goodwill Career... (Show More)

    This week, we meet students who are thinking about their future careers, learn more about student resource officers, explore resources designed to help homeless students, and visit the Goodwill Career Center where students learn interview skills to get a job following incarceration or addiction.

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      School Resource Officers

      In an effort to add extra layers of safety, many schools have put into use School Resource Officers. These are trained police officers who work with school staff and students to make sure everyone ins... (Show More)

      In an effort to add extra layers of safety, many schools have put into use School Resource Officers. These are trained police officers who work with school staff and students to make sure everyone inside stays safe in the event of an emergency.

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    August 22nd, 2018

    Airdate: August 22, 2018

    This week, we learn how one school is working to prevent the summer slip, hike with students who are learning all about raptors, visit with campers who are growing and eating new food, and head to Cen... (Show More)

    This week, we learn how one school is working to prevent the summer slip, hike with students who are learning all about raptors, visit with campers who are growing and eating new food, and head to Central Lake to meet students from Wawasee who are taking a wakeboaring class.

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      Career Analysis Organization of America

      Everyone at some time in their early life has been asked what they want to do when they grow up. One organization was founded to provide educational opportunities allowing students to learn about pote... (Show More)

      Everyone at some time in their early life has been asked what they want to do when they grow up. One organization was founded to provide educational opportunities allowing students to learn about potential career paths. 

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    August 1st, 2018

    Airdate: August 1, 2018

    This week, we head to Summer Camp! We check out a theater camp, architecture camp, gardening camp and STEM camp.

    This week, we head to Summer Camp! We check out a theater camp, architecture camp, gardening camp and STEM camp.

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      Architecture Camp

      The Renaissance Kids Architecture Camp allows children as young as 5 years old the opportunity to learn about how things are made and get some hands on experience in the process. The Architecture Scho... (Show More)

      The Renaissance Kids Architecture Camp allows children as young as 5 years old the opportunity to learn about how things are made and get some hands on experience in the process. The Architecture School at Andrews University hosts the camp and brings in current students along with volunteers to work alongside the kids.

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      The Show Goes On All Summer Long at Theatre Camp

      Each summer, the Elkhart Civic Theatre hosts a camp -- Musical Theatre Fast Track -- a camp designed to help students learn more about the theatre in a compressed two-week timeframe. Victoria St. Ma... (Show More)

      Each summer, the Elkhart Civic Theatre hosts a camp -- Musical Theatre Fast Track -- a camp designed to help students learn more about the theatre in a compressed two-week timeframe. Victoria St. Martin reports on this warp speed production.

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