In addition to providing an outstanding education for our students, The Frances Xavier Warde School is also committed to offering learning opportunities for parents, education professionals, and the community at large.
We seek to be the model for a 21st century, faith-based, independent school. Our Speaker Series provides an ideal forum for us to discuss and explore issues that are vital to our school community and to our city and our world. The focus of these conversations is not on academic achievement per se, but rather on the many factors that helps us to shape confident servant leaders, lifelong learners, and conscientious citizens.
In particular, we have focused and will continue to focus on fostering:
- Social-Emotional Learning, including persistence and responsibility, executive functioning, and self- and social-awareness
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, including best practices for creating a truly pluralistic community
- A Healthy Family Life, including strategies for navigating technology and social media
Our featured speaker this fall was Julie Lythcott-Haims, noted author of How to Raise An Adult and Real American. Ms. Lythcott-Haims is an inspiring, dynamic expert on both social-emotional issues and race, and on October 9, 2018 she offered us practical advice for raising independent, well-adjusted, self-reliant children. To view a recording of the event, please click here.
On February 6, 2019 our SET Program hosted a visit by Dr. Jean Twenge, author of iGen, for a discussion on trends with today’s super-connected children– the iGeneration–and insights into what parents and educators need to know. Other events for 2018-2019 will include a visit from alumnus John Franklin (April 16), who has achieved remarkable success developing socially-conscious technology, as well as a special screening of the documentary film American Promise (April 30).
In 2017-2018, we welcomed Eboo Patel, who spoke about our Catholic identity and techniques for building community through religious pluralism; Catherine Steiner-Adair, who discussed the importance of protecting family relationships in the digital age; and Amanda Lewis, who addressed the ways in which race is negotiated in schools and in everyday life.