Berry alumna and founder of The African SOUP Brin Enterkin (a 2012 grad) has been named one of Forbes’ 2018 30-Under-30 Social Entrepreneurs. While at Berry, Brin worked in Uganda with micro-financing. She met Micheal Kaidhiwa and they decided to work together to lift communities out of poverty. She returned to Berry to build a team of student volunteers who would help create structures of change. The result is The African SOUP, a non-profit aimed at using education to break the cycle of poverty. “As I sit in The African SOUP office on this hot, beautiful day, I am reminded of how thankful I am for God’s goodness and of the extraordinary support and love given to me from my closest friends,” Brin says.
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education Eliana Hirano presented “Mind the Gap: A Cross-Linguistic Study of Research Article Introductions in Brazilian Portuguese and English” at the International Association of Applied Linguistics 18th World Congress in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 24th, 2017.
Dr. Rebecca Logan was one of 12 neonatal nurses chosen to present at the 2017 12th Annual National Association of Neonatal Nurses Research Summit. This event was sponsored by Mead Johnson Nutrition with all related expenses covered through a generous grant. The summit was a gathering of neonatal nurses engaged in research and/or evidence-based projects and her presentation title was “The Lived Experience of Fathering a Premature Infant in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.”
Dr. Logan also attended the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nurses where she presented on Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) topics including “From the Outside Looking in: Providing Support for Men Fathering a Premature Infant in a NICU.”
Dr. Clement was a visiting professor at Spice Mountain College in Beijing in July. She taught a graduate course for school principals titled, “Classroom, Program, and Schoolwide Assessment.”
Dr. Clement presented “A Dozen Things Successful Teachers Do” at the National Educators Rising Conference in Phoenix in June. She published “Why Combating Teachers’ Stress is Everyone’s Job” in The Clearing House (both online and in print) and “Women, Teaching, and Stress: Five steps for coping” in The Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin Collegial Exchange.
Amanda Moll (a 2006 grad) is celebrating a decade of working at CARE (Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere), an international humanitarian and development organization whose mission is to address the root causes of poverty, inequality and injustice. It’s a great fit, because at Berry, Amanda was interested in international education and political efforts, having participated in the politics and law society as a student and interned abroad in London with one of the British political parties. “The Berry culture that balances high academic standards, real-life practicalities, work ethic and having fun is extremely unique and built a strong foundation in me to continue seeking these qualities.” The Dean of Admissions helped open the door for Amanda to get an internship with The Carter Center. Her Berry experience, plus her internship helped lead her to an internship with CARE that turned into a full-time position. Ten years later, she’s still enjoying her position working in some of the most remote parts of the world, assessing how to improve education across the globe. Amanda says, “I think Martha’s leadership for being a pioneering woman who focused on the importance of education has shaped – directly or indirectly—the last ten years of my career on education for the most marginalized. Her perseverance and ingenuity in forging her own path are still inspiring today.”
With technology a fixture in today’s classrooms, more teachers are exploring new software to assist their students in their studies. One such teacher is Berry alumna Lauren Pittman (09C), who was approached by Microsoft to try out Learning Tools, a program that highlights words on a computer screen to help students with dyslexia become strong readers. Lauren’s students starred in a worldwide campaign to promote the software and told an international audience about their experience. “It’s helped show my students that there is success for them in the classroom and they can be successful readers,” Lauren says. Her classroom success story has been featured in the Washington Post, Ed Tech Magazine and later this year, Good Housekeeping. Lauren is a graduate of Berry’s Charter School of Education and Human Sciences. “What I learned at Berry and what they prepared me for has helped to set the base for my teaching philosophy and how I want to affect children’s lives,” she said.
Dr. Hirano published “E-pal Exchanges: A Way to Connect Preservice Teachers and English Language Learners” in the Oregon Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ORTESOL) Journal with undergraduate co-authors Anne Patton and Anna Rose Garrett.
Dr. Kurz co-presented “Understanding Faculty Concerns and the Change Process Resulting from Adoption of a High-Stakes Performance Assessment” at the American Educational Research Association annual conference in San Antonio, Texas on April 27, 2017.
Dr. Kurz is also part of a research group that is examining the impact of edTPA as a requirement for teacher certification and educator preparation programs. edTPA is a performance-based, subject-specific assessment and support system used by teacher preparation programs throughout the United States to emphasize, measure and support the skills and knowledge that all teachers need from Day 1 in the classroom