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Saint Xavier University hosts literacy conference: “Power of Story”

Oct. 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m: Workshop for certification as “StoryExploring®” presenter Oct. 11, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m: Session to include Motheread® President and Founder Nancye Gaj

Chicago (Sept. 19, 2008) Saint Xavier University’s School of Education will host “Power of Story,” a conference for educators on literacy of children and their families using storytelling, children’s literature and the arts.  

The event, to be held Friday, Oct. 10, and Saturday, Oct. 11, will emphasize the highly regarded Motheread® approach to promoting literacy for pre-school through the fifth grade. 

Motheread, Inc.®,  is a private, non-profit organization that develops curriculum and training that combine the teaching of literacy skills with child development and family empowerment issues. 

There will be a workshop from 9 a.m. (8:30 a.m. registration) to 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10 offering specialized training in Motheread’s® approach to working with children in which participants can receive certification as a StoryExploring®  presenter authorized to use the offered curricular. Located in the 4th Floor Board Room of the Warde Academic Center at 3700 West 103rd Street, Chicago, IL, the cost will be free to in-state residents and $325 for out-of-state attendees. 

The general session will be held from 9 a.m. (8:30 registration) to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, in McGuire Hall of the Warde Academic Center and will cost $30 to attend. Guest speakers and breakout sessions will focus on literacy of children and their families. Nancye Gaj, president and founder of Motheread, Inc.®, will be the keynote speaker.

“We are honored to have Nancye Gaj as our keynote speaker for this event,” said SXU School of Education Dean Beverly Gulley, Ph.D. “Nancye is nationally recognized for her work in literacy of children and families and has made a number of valuable contributions to community service in this area.” 

For more information, contact event coordinator Sheila Wright at (773) 298-3880. 


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.