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The Heart of Sheridan Road Podcast

Tune in on SoundCloud or iTunes to stay up-to-date with Sacred Heart Schools. Whether you are a parent, an educator, a student, a graduate or simply someone wanting to learn more about Sacred Heart Education, The Heart of Sheridan Road is for you.

Recent Episodes

Episode 13 - Sister Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ, Visits Sheridan Road
We were lucky enough to have Sr. Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ as our guest on this episode of The Heart of Sheridan Road! Listen now to hear Sr. Cooke, RSCJ discuss the Sacred Heart education, her own upbringing in a Sacred Heart school and her thoughts on Sheridan Road.

Episode 12 - ISACS Accreditation and Sacred Heart
As an independent school, Sacred Heart undergoes a regular process of self-reflection every seven years in order to ensure that it is meeting the standards set by its accrediting organization, ISACS. This lively conversation with Dawn Klus, Director of Accreditation, provides details of the process of accreditation and its value to member schools.

Episode 11 - Sacred Heart Preschool
We are thrilled to talk about one of the most significant things to happen at Sacred Heart on Sheridan Road. We are bringing Sacred Heart education to 3- and 4-year old students in Fall 2019. In this podcast, educators discuss their passion for education and how they will creatively brighten the hearts and minds of children in the Sacred Heart tradition.

Episode 10 - Dissecting Differentiation: How does Sacred Heart do it?
Sacred Heart educators discuss how the goal is always to help the student to succeed, but the route taken may be different. Whether a student is gifted in a particular area or challenged, teachers and staff, including teaching assistants, reading support specialists, the Enrichment Coach and instructional coaches, collaborate to determine how best to support and enrich that student's learning.

Episode 9 - Sacred Heart Parents Share Their Wisdom
"It takes a village to raise a child." In this podcast, we talk about part of the village that raises our Sacred Heart children and are lucky enough to be joined by four Sacred Heart parents who discuss how Sacred Heart supported their child and their whole family through the years. Sacred Heart values and prioritizes the partnership between parents and educators to support the full development of each child.

Episode 8 - 2018 Graduates Reflect on Their Sacred Heart Experience

From extracurricular activities and some of their fondest memories to giving their 1st-grade buddies some advice, these soon-to-be graduates shed light on what it is like to be a student of the Sacred Heart and what that means for their futures outside of these walls.

Episode 7 - Dr. Borba on Teaching Empathy to Empower Our Children

In this podcast, we discuss the importance of teaching children empathy with Dr. Borba, whose work focuses on strengthening children's empathy and resilience, and creating safe, compassionate school cultures. Dr. Borba offers parents and educators practical ways to activate empathy and raise children who demonstrate compassion, courage and the conviction that they can make a positive difference in our world.

For more information on empathy and other important factors facing children today, you can visit Dr. Borba's website at

Episode 6 - School Counselors on Sheridan Road
How do Sacred Heart's School Counselors ensure that each child's mind, body and heart are growing? What goes into their day-to-day work? What is the full scope of their services when helping the entire student body from struggling to accelerating students? We discuss this and more with our school counselors.

Sacred Heart is proud to provide Parent Education events to support our parent population as their children grow. As mentioned in this podcast, Michele Borba will be joining us for our next Parent Education event and all parents are encouraged to attend.

This podcast features Elizabeth Wilton, K-2 School Counselor, Laura Sloman, Lower School Counselor, and Sue Heybach, High School Placement and Middle School Counselor.

Episode 5 - Sacred Heart: A Catholic School for All Faiths

This conversation focuses on Holy Week, the preparation for Sacraments, and how Sacred Heart Schools embraces its Catholic foundation while maintaining an inclusive environment for students of all faiths.

This podcast features Jane Steinfels, Director of Campus Ministry, and Katherine Gates, Kathleen Edwards and Jackie Beale-DelVecchio, our three Religion instructors.

Episode 4 - Sacred Heart on Sheridan Road and the Sacred Heart Network

Claire Lorentzen, Director of Mission Communications for the Conference of Sacred Heart Education, joins us to discuss the Conference of Sacred Heart, the International Network of Sacred Heart and the benefits member schools and students receive.

Episode 3 - Sacred Heart on Sheridan Road and the Edgewater Community

We are excited to start Share the Heart Month by inviting our Alderman, Harry Osterman, and Sacred Heart's very own Director of Inclusion and Engagement, Bridget Couture, to discuss Sacred Heart's engagement with the community of Edgewater in Chicago.

Episode 2 - Justice Day: We All Live Here

Enjoy our special, bonus podcast in honor of Justice Day 2018! We celebrated Justice Day by bringing in Rich Alapack, founder of the We All Live Here Project. We learned how to embrace our neighbors, better our world, and solve some of our biggest problems together instead of alone.

Episode 1 - Instructional Coaching

Learn about what goes on in the world of instructional coaching. Why it is important, how our faculty benefits from it, and why our students are grateful for it all thanks to our Masterpiece Campaign.