Saint Xavier University School of Education holds retreat
Outstanding speakers include Chicago public schools chief education officer
Chicago (Dec. 4, 2007) –On Friday Nov. 9, 2007, the faculty, staff and administration of the Saint Xavier University School of Education attended their annual fall retreat, held at the Orland Park campus. The retreat was organized by a committee led by School of Education Dean Beverly Gully.
The theme of the retreat and other School of Education activities was “The Professionalism of Teaching, Administration and Counseling.” The retreat examined how to prepare teachers, administrators and counselors for the environments in which they will be working and how the preparation can be grounded in tradition, theory and best practice. Speakers addressed how education programs contribute to the success of graduates.
“The day combined listening to gifted practitioners and collaborating in strategic planning for the School of Education,” Dean Gully said. “To see the commitment to students and to the profession of education of our speakers and our retreat participants was inspiring.”
An outstanding group of speakers provided context for discussion and data-driven decision making. The keynote speakers were Barbara Eason-Watkins, chief education officer for Chicago Public Schools, and Clara Jennings, dean of the School of Education at DePaul University. The panel of educators included: Kay Dugan, curriculum and technology director, District 109, Justice Ill., Jason Edgecombe, assistant superintendent for human resources, Oak Park and River Forest High School; Kathleen Gordon Davis, Art Dept. chair, Mother McAuley High School; Ardeen Hoke, principal, Northeast School, Evergreen Park, Richard Stamm, teacher, Community Youth Development Institute, Chicago; Erik Tenglin, teacher, Union Ridge Elementary School, Harwood Heights.
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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.