Naomi Katz is an experienced educator who develops programs that redefine culture to cultivate self-confidence in women and girls.
Her book, Beautiful: Being an Empowered Young Woman, is the outgrowth of years of teaching and facilitating groups in the US and abroad, continually writing and revising programs to cultivate education that focuses on seeing ourselves positively in an increasingly complicated world.
Naomi writes curriculum for youth and adults for both formal and informal settings. Her work includes topics such as:
fostering literacy and writing skills
healthy attitudes toward sex and sexuality
critical analysis of media
cultivating healthy relationships
responding to meanness and competition
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My two daughters, aged 14 (8th grade) and 11 (5th grade), attend a small, private, International Baccalaureate school in CT. Naomi Katz visited our school last week as a guest speaker for the middle school students, faculty, and parents.
The ripple effect….no, maybe a better description would be tidal wave effect, is still palpable. She opened a new and very necessary conversation, challenged belief systems, and rocked our little campus.
Her speaking style is dynamic and engaging. The content of her presentations to our community provoked every emotion imaginable, and initiated a dialogue that has permeated our classrooms, hallways, offices and homes.
What is the effect of social media on us? Our children? How much is too much? Do we really make our own choices? What does it truly mean to have a “choice”? How is this tainted by ever-present peer pressure? What are the societal attributes of a “man” and a “woman”? How has society distorted what it means for men and women to be “equal”? Do same and equal mean the same thing? Are strict rules, parental controls, and surveillance of our children’s on-line activities effective parenting strategies? Are we modeling the behaviors we desire in our kids?