SXU to host panel discussion for educators on Mon., April 22

Saint Xavier University’s School of Education will host “What about the Children? – What Educators/Administrators Really Need to Know about Today’s Youth,” a panel discussion featuring diverse professionals to inform future and current educators about issues beyond the instructional commitment to children in and out of the classroom, on Mon., April 22.

This event, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. in the Butler Reception Room, located in the Warde Academic Center at SXU’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St. Refreshments will be provided. Teachers who attend will receive two Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs).

This forum will address the following: safety; family issues; continued initiatives placed upon educators; societal issues regarding special needs; the impact of Mass Media on youth; mental and physical health of children and adults; factors impacting our educational/administrative system, needs of children; and the ability for children to be children.

This program will be hosted and moderated by James Steyskal, Ed.D., School of Education professor and Program Leader of the Educational Administration and Leadership Program.

Specific topics being addressed will include:

  • “The Impact of Mass Media on Youth” presented by Karla Thomas, Executive Director, Media Relations, Saint Xavier University.
  • “Current State of Our Children’s Health – Its Impact on the Classroom” presented by Julie Obradovic, M.Ed., Spanish teacher and leader of the World Languages and Cultures Division at Southland College Prep High School in Richton Park.
  • “Social-Emotional Needs of Children” presented by Tom Brim, M.Ed. Admin., Executive Director of Lockport Area Special Education Cooperative
  • “Sandy Hook Incident – The Big Picture” presented by Steve M. Brown, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Educational Administration and Leadership, Saint Xavier University
  • “Safety Tips in a School Setting” presented by Jack Touhy, MPA, CPC, Police Chief/Director, Public Safety Department, Saint Xavier University
  • “The ‘Systems’ Perspective” presented by Vanessa J. Kinder, Ed.D., Executive Director, South Cook ISC, Chicago Heights
  • “Do We Still Believe in Human Dignity?” presented by Graziano Marcheschi, M.A., D.Min., Executive Director of University Ministry, Saint Xavier University

The views of the panelists are not necessarily those of the School of Education. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Wanda Manning at (708) 802-6205 or