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Technology and education go hand-in-hand these days, something no one knows better than Lauren Pittman (09C). The special education teacher and her students at Holly Springs (Ga.) Elementary School are the subjects of a worldwide Microsoft campaign promoting new software that highlights words on a computer monitor, making it easier for students with dyslexia to follow along. She also has been featured in the Washington Post, Ed Tech Magazine and, coming in October, Good Housekeeping.

Pittman is just one example of the tremendous caliber of teachers produced by Berry’s Charter School of Education and Human Sciences – and they just keep coming! In the last three years, 100 percent of the teacher education program’s graduating seniors and master’s degree candidates – 145 in all! – passed their state certification exams. Additionally, this spring marked the third year for the Educational Leadership Program in Cobb County, Ga., which has graduated a total of 137 “Berry principals.”

By student writer Katherine Edmonds

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Robbie Bach Addressing StudentsCivic engineering – the process of encouraging people to engage themselves in their communities – was the topic Nov. 12 as Berry’s Conson Wilson Lecture Series welcomed Robbie Bach, the man responsible for leading the creation and development of the highly successful Xbox video game platform. The former Microsoft executive spoke at the request of Berry Trustee Roxanne Spillett, former president and CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Bach also has strong ties to another Berry trustee, Barry Griswell (71C), his colleague on the National Board of Governors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, which Bach serves as chair.

In his remarks, Bach noted that the strategy of devising a purpose, principles and priorities that proved so successful in developing the Xbox apply to civic engineering as well. He also told the audience of students, faculty and community members that faith, perseverance and serendipity are three things that have changed his life. He walked away impressed by the beauty of Berry’s campus and the emphasis on student work.

Media coverage: Xbox creator speaks at Berry

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