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Saint Xavier University professor chosen for Oxford Round Table

Anne George to speak on early childhood education

Chicago (Feb. 9, 2007) – Anne George, Ph.D., assistant professor in Saint Xavier University’s School of Education, has been invited to participate in a roundtable session on early childhood education at the Oxford Round Table at the University of Oxford, England.

Founded in 1989, the Round Table is a think tank of scholars, policymakers and other experts that meets periodically to consider major issues in contemporary education policy in the United States, the United Kingdom and other selected countries. The focus of George’s session is the importance of promoting school readiness in young children.

“Increasing attention is being directed to ensuring that young children come to school with a greater level of preparedness. Yet, there continues to be a high level of variation in terms of what constitutes best practices in promoting school readiness in young children,” George said. “This event will showcase a variety of ideas about best practices in relation to early childhood education.”

A professor at Saint Xavier for three years, George focuses on child development and early childhood education. She has researched child health issues in an international context, and has begun researching teacher motivations and their relationship to teacher retention. She is currently working on projects related to childhood immunization and obesity and the issue of school readiness.

“We are delighted that Dr. George has been chosen to participate in this esteemed event. She has much knowledge and insight into early childhood education issues and will make a valuable contribution to the discussion,” said Beverly Gulley, dean of Saint Xavier’s School of Education.

Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, Saint Xavier University was the first Mercy college in the United States and is Chicago’s oldest Catholic university. Serving approximately 5,700 students at its campuses in Chicago, Orland Park and its Loop location, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors; more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing; and a variety of program options in continuing and professional studies. Recognizing Saint Xavier’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked SXU consistently among the Best Colleges in the Midwest.

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