Professional Development

Professional Development

The School of Education offers many professional development opportunities to the community. 

Bishop John R. Gorman Institute

The Bishop Gorman Institute will take place on June 24 and 25, 2014, at Saint Xavier University's Main Campus, located at 3700 W. 103rd Street in Chicago. For the past ten years, the institute, under the leadership of the Saint Xavier University School of Education, has served teachers and administrators ministering in Catholic schools.

This year's program, Nurturing Faith in Ourselves and the Students we Teach with Joy, will include sessions for the personal and spiritual growth and development of the participants, as well as sessions specifically directed to assisting them in the growth and development of their students.

The institute is named for Bishop John R. Gorman, auxiliary bishop of Chicago (ret.). Bishop Gorman was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1952 and has served the people of the Archdiocese of Chicago in many ways including rector of the Mundelein Seminary, pastor and Episcopal Vicar of Vacariate V, where he provided strong pastoral leadership to parishes and school on the southwest side of Chicago and the south suburbs. He holds a doctorate in clinical psychology, as well as advanced degrees in theology. Bishop Gorman has served for many years as a mentor to both priests and laity. As pastor of Saint Michael's church in Orland Park, he created the parish ministry commission, which remains the primary model of parish governance and lay parish leadership in the United States.

Some sessions will include The History of the Eucharist, What St. John the Baptist has to Say to Teachers, Culture and Race on the Southside of Chicago, Technology, What a Catholic Grade School and High School looks like, What is a President of a School, How to interact with children with Special Needs, Teaching Math literacy as well as Language Arts literacy and many others.