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
In the 2019-2020 school year, we hosted Rosalind Wiseman, thought leader and bestselling author of Queen Bees & Wannabees, Masterminds & Wingmen, as well as Owning Up: Empowering Adolescents to Confront Social Cruelty, Bullying, and Injustice, who discussed young people’s friendships, social media use, gossip, drama, bullying, and the constant pressure to “keep up.” We also virtually hosted Eugenia Cheng, Scientist in Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Author of The Art of Logic: How to Make Sense in a World that Doesn’t, who discussed how abstract mathematics can help us understand privilege and develop empathy.
In 2018-2019, we hosted Julie Lythcott-Haims, noted author of How to Raise An Adult and Real American, who offered our community practical advice for raising independent, well-adjusted, self-reliant children; Dr. Jean Twenge, author of iGen, who discussed trends with today’s super-connected children– the iGeneration–and insights into what parents and educators need to know; and FXW alumnus John Franklin, who discussed how his FXW education prepared him academically, socially, and personally for high school, college, and the workforce, particularly his current job at Google in New York City.
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.