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    January 6th, 2021

    Airdate: January 6, 2021

    It's the first episode of 2021 for Education Counts Michiana. We present four new segments about education. See how Trojan Heroes recognizes those who go above and beyond in Sturgis schools. Learn how... (Show More)

    It's the first episode of 2021 for Education Counts Michiana. We present four new segments about education. See how Trojan Heroes recognizes those who go above and beyond in Sturgis schools. Learn how trauma-informed strategies can help parents and students understand disruptive behavior in young children. Find out what job exploration programs are available for students with IEP's at the Career Academy in South Bend. See how iCivics can be implemented into the classroom for discussion around civics.

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      iCivics

      With so much emphasis placed on math and reading these days, students are not learning what it means to be civilly engaged. iCivics is an online resource that provides games and even curriculum to tea... (Show More)

      With so much emphasis placed on math and reading these days, students are not learning what it means to be civilly engaged. iCivics is an online resource that provides games and even curriculum to teach students of all ages about being active citizens.

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      Trauma Informed Strategies

      When young children act up, it doesn't mean they're misbehaved. Trauma-informed strategies are ways for teachers and even parents to understand and help a child who could actually be crying out for he... (Show More)

      When young children act up, it doesn't mean they're misbehaved. Trauma-informed strategies are ways for teachers and even parents to understand and help a child who could actually be crying out for help.

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      Trojan Heroes

      Trojan Heroes is a program started to make sure that no school employee goes unnoticed for their efforts. It was put in place to offer a light at the end of a long tunnel, so that employees at Sturgis... (Show More)

      Trojan Heroes is a program started to make sure that no school employee goes unnoticed for their efforts. It was put in place to offer a light at the end of a long tunnel, so that employees at Sturgis schools are just as encouraged to continue their good deeds, as they do for the students that they serve.

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      Special Education Transition Program at Career Academy

      Career Academy in South Bend wants to prepare their students for life after school, by teaching them the basics when it comes to job exploration. Their Special Education program is no different. Thoug... (Show More)

      Career Academy in South Bend wants to prepare their students for life after school, by teaching them the basics when it comes to job exploration. Their Special Education program is no different. Though students with IEPs may feel as though there aren't many paths to take, they want to instill hope in their students and their parents. They do this through encouragement and 1-to-1 guidance, as they show them that there are just as many options

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    December 9th, 2020

    Airdate: December 9, 2020

    This week on Education Counts we highlight our stories about programs and initiatives that are helping students learn. This week find out how students in Elkhart and Goshen can use live tutors through... (Show More)

    This week on Education Counts we highlight our stories about programs and initiatives that are helping students learn. This week find out how students in Elkhart and Goshen can use live tutors through Brainfuse. See an emergency preparedness training facility for first responders. Learn how Teaching Books is making a difference for young readers. Discover what students are learning through paid apprenticeships in Elkhart County.

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      Brainfuse

      There are plenty of times when a student may need some extra help with their school work. Students in Elkhart and Goshen can get that extra help if they need it through a program known as Brainfuse. B... (Show More)

      There are plenty of times when a student may need some extra help with their school work. Students in Elkhart and Goshen can get that extra help if they need it through a program known as Brainfuse. Brainfuse is a digital resource that can connect students to live tutors.

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      Teaching Books

      Finding new ways to engage young students in what they're reading can often be a challenge. Teaching Books is a resource that provides ways to make sure kids are getting the most they can whether they... (Show More)

      Finding new ways to engage young students in what they're reading can often be a challenge. Teaching Books is a resource that provides ways to make sure kids are getting the most they can whether they're reading or being read to.

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    December 2nd, 2020

    Airdate: December 2, 2020

    Education Counts looks for the best programs and initiatives in education. This week we feature an internship program that teaches farm management and sustainability at Bertrand Farm. Families can lea... (Show More)

    Education Counts looks for the best programs and initiatives in education. This week we feature an internship program that teaches farm management and sustainability at Bertrand Farm. Families can learn about nature and earn badges and pins through a program called Hoosier Quest. Students explore the process of manufacturing and meet potential employers through Goshen's Virtual Manufacturing Day. Joint Educational Services in Special Education (J.E.S.S.E) is a program ensuring students with special needs have resources for success in school.

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      Hoosier Quest

      One of the best ways to learn about nature is to get out and actually explore it. The Hoosier Quest program offers and fun way to encourage people to get and out and explore Indiana's State Parks and ... (Show More)

      One of the best ways to learn about nature is to get out and actually explore it. The Hoosier Quest program offers and fun way to encourage people to get and out and explore Indiana's State Parks and earn a patch or a pin along the way.

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      J.E.S.S.E.

      All students have the capacity to learn as long as they have the tools they need. J.E.S.S.E. is a co-op of nine school corporations across multiple Indiana counties that provides students with special... (Show More)

      All students have the capacity to learn as long as they have the tools they need. J.E.S.S.E. is a co-op of nine school corporations across multiple Indiana counties that provides students with special needs with the resources to make sure they're able to succeed in school.

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    November 18th, 2020

    Airdate: November 18, 2020

    Education Counts seeks to promote initiatives in education that are successful and inspire replication. This week we feature a sustainability program at Hollywood Elementary School in Stevensville tha... (Show More)

    Education Counts seeks to promote initiatives in education that are successful and inspire replication. This week we feature a sustainability program at Hollywood Elementary School in Stevensville that is teaching students where their food comes from. Colere Quartet is inspiring future musicians to pick up an instrument and learn to play. P.A.C.T. stands for Promise Academy for Conflict Transformation which gives students tools for expressing emotion and helping them respond to conflict in more positive ways. Learn about the history behind women gaining the right to vote, who local key players were and how it has impacted our region.

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      The Colere Quartet

      Music has a very special power. It brings together people from all walks of life to make something magical. To help spread the message of making music the Colere Quartet is taking their message on the... (Show More)

      Music has a very special power. It brings together people from all walks of life to make something magical. To help spread the message of making music the Colere Quartet is taking their message on the road in hopes of inspiring young kids to pick an instrument.

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      Votes for Women Exhibit

      It was only a century ago that women in the United States were given the right to vote in elections. The History Museum in South Bend is honoring those who fought for that right in their Votes for W... (Show More)

      It was only a century ago that women in the United States were given the right to vote in elections. The History Museum in South Bend is honoring those who fought for that right in their Votes for Women Exhibit.        

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      P.A.C.T.

      The Center for Community Justice is trying to erase the words "at risk" and replace them with "at promise", in regards to teens who have made bad decisions when it comes to emotional expression. They ... (Show More)

      The Center for Community Justice is trying to erase the words "at risk" and replace them with "at promise", in regards to teens who have made bad decisions when it comes to emotional expression. They want to shape these young people into adults who are responsible with their emotional expression so that they not only avoid making impulsive decisions that they may regret, but that they also transform their community through their positive actions.

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      Planting Sustainability at Hollywood Elementary

      Gardening has been taught at Hollywood Elementary in Stevensville, Michigan for years. However in this day and age, educators at Hollywood Elementary find that it is even more vital to teach children ... (Show More)

      Gardening has been taught at Hollywood Elementary in Stevensville, Michigan for years. However in this day and age, educators at Hollywood Elementary find that it is even more vital to teach children where their food comes from. They also like to teach their students the importance of also taking care of the earth while doing so. They believe gardening is an essential life skill, and teaching students the basic sets them on the right path to career and health choices.

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    November 11th, 2020

    Airdate: November 11, 2020

    This week on Education Counts Michiana, see how teachers are coping with change fatigue, discover what's in store for students who are part of the activity club at Culver-Union Township Public Library... (Show More)

    This week on Education Counts Michiana, see how teachers are coping with change fatigue, discover what's in store for students who are part of the activity club at Culver-Union Township Public Library, learn about new app that's connecting students and homework study and find out how girls at the Benton Harbor Girls Academy are learning confidence through academics. Education Counts Michiana highlights programs and initiatives that are working to provide the best in teaching and leanring.

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      Change Fatigue

      Change is always happening. And it's happened even more so in the world of education. But often times, too much change can lead to Change Fatigue. We find out how all educators are able to cope with... (Show More)

      Change is always happening. And it's happened even more so in the world of education. But often times, too much change can lead to Change Fatigue. We find out how all educators are able to cope with change and adapt for the future.        

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    October 21st, 2020

    Airdate: October 21, 2020

    Education Counts is looking for innovative ways to teach, learn and create understanding. This week, discover how students are learning about aviation through Civil Air Patrol program at John Adams ... (Show More)

    Education Counts is looking for innovative ways to teach, learn and create understanding. This week, discover how students are learning about aviation through Civil Air Patrol program at John Adams High School in South Bend. See how students are learning the business of radio broadcasting through internships at WSMK/WNIL. See how the Southwest Michigan Miracle League is a place for all athletes of any ability can be included and part of a team. Celebrate student creativity through the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

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      Civil Air Patrol

      Students at John Adams High School in South Bend have the chance to join the school's Civil Air Patrol. They get to learn more about aeronautics and even have the chance to fly small aircrafts as the ... (Show More)

      Students at John Adams High School in South Bend have the chance to join the school's Civil Air Patrol. They get to learn more about aeronautics and even have the chance to fly small aircrafts as the first steps to a potential career.

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      Southwest Michigan Miracle League

      Sports can be a fun way to learn and get some exercise. But not everyone is capable of getting out onto the field. The Southwest Michigan Miracle League provides young players of all abilities the cha... (Show More)

      Sports can be a fun way to learn and get some exercise. But not everyone is capable of getting out onto the field. The Southwest Michigan Miracle League provides young players of all abilities the chance to play baseball and be part of a team.

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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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      Passport Pals and STEAM Squad

      To provide additional fun and interactive activities, the Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library launched a set of programs called Passport Pals and STEAM Squad. Through these programs kids will get the... (Show More)

      To provide additional fun and interactive activities, the Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library launched a set of programs called Passport Pals and STEAM Squad. Through these programs kids will get the chance to explore other countries and do some hands on projects without leaving their houses.

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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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      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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      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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      PBS Teacher Planning Kits

      Teachers have found themselves in a position they may be unfamiliar with. To make sure teachers have a wide variety of resources at their disposal, PBS created a series of Planning Kits to cover ages ... (Show More)

      Teachers have found themselves in a position they may be unfamiliar with. To make sure teachers have a wide variety of resources at their disposal, PBS created a series of Planning Kits to cover ages from early childhood to high school. We take a look at how teachers will be able to use these to reach every one of their students.

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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 16th, 2020

    Airdate: September 16, 2020

    On this week's episode of Education Counts Michiana, see how Good Shepherd Montessori is getting kids outside and hands-on. Find out about the School of Wine and Viticulture at LaKe Michigan College a... (Show More)

    On this week's episode of Education Counts Michiana, see how Good Shepherd Montessori is getting kids outside and hands-on. Find out about the School of Wine and Viticulture at LaKe Michigan College and how students are learning the bigger business of wine making. Discover how the Innovation Moshpit is inspiring business growth. See how Ivy Tech Community College students and alumni are connecting to employers through the career connecting program.

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      Good Shepherd Montessori School

      Thinking differently and being hands on has always been the motto of Montessori schools. But with increasing health concerns, it can be difficult to continue with that style of educating... (Show More)

      Thinking differently and being hands on has always been the motto of Montessori schools. But with increasing health concerns, it can be difficult to continue with that style of educating. We head to the Good Shepherd Montessori School in South Bend to see how they're working to keep staying hands on.        

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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 12th, 2020

    Airdate: August 12, 2020

    Education Counts seeks the best ideas in education regionally. Follow us to the La Porte County Public Library's Mobile Classroom that teaches STEM activities. Find out how Ivy Tech is keeping student... (Show More)

    Education Counts seeks the best ideas in education regionally. Follow us to the La Porte County Public Library's Mobile Classroom that teaches STEM activities. Find out how Ivy Tech is keeping students digitally connected. See how students at Syracuse Elementary are learning healthy habits during lunch. Learn how Ring Lardner Middle School received a state fitness grant to develop the Don't Quit Fitness Center in Niles.

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      La Porte County Public Library's Mobile Classroom

      La Porte County Public Library’s Mobile Classroom is something like the magic school bus. Except the magic that they provide is practical hands on learning skills, local and regional career oppo... (Show More)

      La Porte County Public Library’s Mobile Classroom is something like the magic school bus. Except the magic that they provide is practical hands on learning skills, local and regional career opportunities, science and social studies, and even comes with wifi.

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      Don't Quit Fitness Center

      Academic health is important, but so is physical health. To make sure schools have the necessary equipment the National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils created a grant. Ring Lardner Middle ... (Show More)

      Academic health is important, but so is physical health. To make sure schools have the necessary equipment the National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils created a grant. Ring Lardner Middle School became one of three schools in the state to receive one of these grants which resulted in the "Don't Quit Fitness Center" in Niles.

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      Goshen Health: Learning Healthy Habits During Lunch

      Goshen Health wants Syracuse elementary students to know that yes, it does matter what you put into your brain, but also what you put into you stomach as well. They are teaching students how to develo... (Show More)

      Goshen Health wants Syracuse elementary students to know that yes, it does matter what you put into your brain, but also what you put into you stomach as well. They are teaching students how to develop healthy eating habits so that they can stay healthy. They also are teaching them about the benefits of staying active.

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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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      Summer Reading at Kewanna-Union Township Library

      Many libraries have summer reading programs, however the public library in Kewanna, Indiana has their own spin on things. Not only are they providing children through teens great reading materials, th... (Show More)

      Many libraries have summer reading programs, however the public library in Kewanna, Indiana has their own spin on things. Not only are they providing children through teens great reading materials, they are also providing them with fun arts and crafts kits, to help their minds stay imaginative throughout the summer. Literacy is a passion of their workers, because they believe it is fundamental to their overall character development.

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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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      Merry Lea Summer Sessions

      Hands on learning in nature has become more important than ever. The Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College provides not only a place to learn about nature, but also gives teachers ... (Show More)

      Hands on learning in nature has become more important than ever. The Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College provides not only a place to learn about nature, but also gives teachers the tools to bring nature into their own classrooms.

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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 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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      Moxie

      It's never too early for children to learn the soft skills they will need to help them succeed in their future careers. We take a look at how Fuseproject designed and built an animated robot geared to... (Show More)

      It's never too early for children to learn the soft skills they will need to help them succeed in their future careers. We take a look at how Fuseproject designed and built an animated robot geared towards helping children learn these types of skills.

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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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      Translate for Toddlers

      Translate for toddlers is much more than just teaching toddlers a new language.Though they offer translated books, translation workshops, and bilingual readings in Spanish and French, this IU South Be... (Show More)

      Translate for toddlers is much more than just teaching toddlers a new language.Though they offer translated books, translation workshops, and bilingual readings in Spanish and French, this IU South Bend based organization also benefits adults. By translating books and comics to different languages, these translators are not only refining their language skills, but they are also using their skills to translate other things as well. The mission for Translate for Toddlers is to not only spread the awareness of other countries cultures but also to inform us on their shared societal issues.

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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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      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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      Elementary Music Classes Online

      Necessity often leads to innovation. Schools closing for the rest of the academic year led many teachers to find ways to make their lessons not only fun, but engaging. We explore how a Wawasee Schools... (Show More)

      Necessity often leads to innovation. Schools closing for the rest of the academic year led many teachers to find ways to make their lessons not only fun, but engaging. We explore how a Wawasee Schools music teacher used what he had to keep the music playing.

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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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    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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      Menominee & Webster's Virtual Concerts

      When choir teacher Tricia Witmer, was faced with eager questions around the schools yearly spring concerts, she knew then that the show must go on. She then came up with the idea to host virtual choir... (Show More)

      When choir teacher Tricia Witmer, was faced with eager questions around the schools yearly spring concerts, she knew then that the show must go on. She then came up with the idea to host virtual choir concerts for students at Menominee and Webster elementary schools. With the help of parents, she was then able to capture and create a collage of videos highlighting all participating students, as they sang and danced, virtually. In uncertain times, creativity is the only way, to keep things moving forward.

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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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      Homeschool at the Library

      For years, the Plymouth Public Library has offered a program known as Homeschool at the Library. Students who were homeschooled were able to come in to the library and learn about different subjects t... (Show More)

      For years, the Plymouth Public Library has offered a program known as Homeschool at the Library. Students who were homeschooled were able to come in to the library and learn about different subjects they may not get normally. But just like other schools that were closed, this program had to adapt to an all digital format.

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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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      Valley Connects' 31 Day Mental Wellness Challenge

      Tippecanoe Valley Middle School in Akron is taking an alternative approach to ensuring the well being of students and staff. Not through a gym class, health class, or healthy diet. They are challengin... (Show More)

      Tippecanoe Valley Middle School in Akron is taking an alternative approach to ensuring the well being of students and staff. Not through a gym class, health class, or healthy diet. They are challenging their school community to prioritize their own mental health, for 31 days. It takes 21 days to build a habit, but they are taking an addition 10 to make sure that mental health is in tip top shape. They want to ensure that students and staff are more clear minded as they proceed with their daily routines during this prolonged at home stay.

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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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      Cooking with Math

      A major challenge to distance learning is how to make lessons interesting and exciting. To spice up at home lessons, a fourth grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary School in Plymouth demonstrated how ... (Show More)

      A major challenge to distance learning is how to make lessons interesting and exciting. To spice up at home lessons, a fourth grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary School in Plymouth demonstrated how math can be applied to cooking. We explore the sums of their work.

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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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      Youth of The Year - TeKeidra Masters

      Being chosen as Youth of The Year is one of the highest honors that a member could receive at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Benton Harbor. In order to be acknowledged members must embody the characteris... (Show More)

      Being chosen as Youth of The Year is one of the highest honors that a member could receive at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Benton Harbor. In order to be acknowledged members must embody the characteristics of a leader, both within the club and in the outside world. 17 year old high school senior TeKeidra Masters did just that, all while balancing jobs, sports, community involvement, all while enduring teenage growing pains. She tells us how she accomplished the feat, what it means to her, future plans, and how others can achieve what she did.

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      Music Together® Online

      Music Together® offered a way for young children and their parents to bond through music. But when in person classes were closed down to observe social distancing, the teachers worked to move thei... (Show More)

      Music Together® offered a way for young children and their parents to bond through music. But when in person classes were closed down to observe social distancing, the teachers worked to move their classes to an online format. We explore how the music plays on.

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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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      Hatching Baby Chicks

      Part of Kindergarten is learning through hands on experience. One of those experiences for the kindergartners at Akron Elementary School is the hatching of baby chicks. We take a look at how even thou... (Show More)

      Part of Kindergarten is learning through hands on experience. One of those experiences for the kindergartners at Akron Elementary School is the hatching of baby chicks. We take a look at how even though schools were closed, the activity continued.

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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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      Niles Historical Center's Online Center

      Students at Niles High School are given the chance to get hands on and project based learning through Niles New Tech. Students taking part in this program are held to the same standards as other stude... (Show More)

      Students at Niles High School are given the chance to get hands on and project based learning through Niles New Tech. Students taking part in this program are held to the same standards as other students, but complete their work through the use of technology and in group settings similar to a working environment.

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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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    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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      Five Star Life

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

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

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    March 4th, 2020

    Airdate: March 4, 2020

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

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

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      The August Wilson Project

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

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

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      The Waypoint VRcade

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

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

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      School of American Music

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

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

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      Junior Master Naturalist

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

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

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    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 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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      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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      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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    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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      Kindness to Prevent Blindness

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

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

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    December 18th, 2019

    Airdate: December 18, 2019

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

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

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      Literacy Coaches

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

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

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      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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      Premier Arts: Y.E.S Program

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

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

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    December 4th, 2019

    Airdate: December 4, 2019

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

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

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      Science Academy

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

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

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      Kayla & Kyle: The Walking Dictionaires

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

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

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    November 20th, 2019

    Airdate: November 20, 2019

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

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

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      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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      Innovation Academy

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

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

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      Trauma Informed

      Children will sometimes act out when they're at school, but simply punishing them may not be the best approach. Finding out why they're acting out could be the key to correcting that behavior. To help... (Show More)

      Children will sometimes act out when they're at school, but simply punishing them may not be the best approach. Finding out why they're acting out could be the key to correcting that behavior. To help facilitate this course correction and make sure children are getting the most out of their education, the New Prairie United School Corporation has started using Trauma Informed methods. We learn some of the these methods and how it's not just the teachers using them throughout the school day.

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    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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      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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      El Sistema

      El Sistema is a publicly financed, voluntary sector, music-education program, founded in Venezuela in 1975 by Venezuelan educator, musician, and activist José Antonio Abreu. Since then, the pro... (Show More)

      El Sistema is a publicly financed, voluntary sector, music-education program, founded in Venezuela in 1975 by Venezuelan educator, musician, and activist José Antonio Abreu. Since then, the program has emerged as a global movement that promotes children and youth engagement in community and school-based music-making experiences. Roosevelt STEAM Academy in Elkhart Community Schools was the first school in the county to launch an El Sistema inspired program with a vision to integrate music into the daily school schedule and provide all students with the opportunity to play an instrument and the program continues to make a big impact in the Elkhart Community.

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      CAFE

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

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

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    November 6th, 2019

    Airdate: November 5, 2019

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

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

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      Tinkergarten®

      Play is learning. That's the approach taken through a program known as Tinkergarten. Here, children are brought together to learn in a natural setting. The kids are able to learn and develop a variety... (Show More)

      Play is learning. That's the approach taken through a program known as Tinkergarten. Here, children are brought together to learn in a natural setting. The kids are able to learn and develop a variety of skills like problem solving, collaboration and creativity. This is a national movement, but we head to our own Tinkergarten in Elkhart to learn.

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      Be Nice

      Being nice. It seems like it should be one of the easiest things in the world to do, but often times people forget how to do it. That's why a program called Be Nice was created. The program provides t... (Show More)

      Being nice. It seems like it should be one of the easiest things in the world to do, but often times people forget how to do it. That's why a program called Be Nice was created. The program provides the tools for schools and communities to stamp out bullying. We head up to Dowagiac to see how they're using this program throughout their entire school system.

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    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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      Music Together® at Goshen College

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

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

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    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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    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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