Parent Education: Deborah Roffman Kicks off Sue Omran Speaker Series October 4

Deborah Roffman, best-selling author, educator and consultant on sexuality education, will speak at Inly School on Thursday night, October 4 at 7:00 p.m. In addition to discussing her latest book, Talk to Me First: Everything You Need to Know to Become Your Kids’ “Go-To” Person about Sex, Roffman will lead a Q & A session and sign books (available for purchase at the event). Open to the public, this talk is ideal for parents of children and teens, as well as educators interested in professional development. This event is free to Inly families and $10 for community members, payable at the door. Please RSVP by Wednesday, October 3 to

The Sue Omran Speaker Series: Innovative Parent Education for All

Roffman’s talk kicks off the new Sue Omran Speaker Series at Inly School. Open to the public, this series features highly acclaimed authors and speakers (including Deepak Chopra, Rudy Tanzi and Richard Louv) and explores a range of innovative topics and philosophies. It seeks to provide opportunities for parents, educators and the community at large to practice life-long learning.

Thanks to the outpouring of generosity from donors, the Sue Omran Speaker Series has been established in memory of Sue, an Inly teacher and dedicated parent and educator, who passed away after a battle with breast cancer in 2011. For more information, please see the “Speaker Series” web page.

With financial support from this fund, we intend to bring outstanding thought leaders to the South Shore, who—in the tradition of Maria Montessori and Sue Omran—challenge, inspire and guide us to become the best educators and parents we can be.

More About Roffman and “Talk to Me First”

Deborah Roffman has been interviewed on national television and radio shows, including the CBS Early Show, Nightline, 20/20 and NPR. Her work has been featured in the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Washington Times.

What drives her is a single vision: “that one day it will be families and schools―not media, merchandisers, entertainers, peers, and popular culture―who become the primary, as in first and most important, resources for young people about a topic so essential to life, health, and happiness.”

Like her earlier best-seller Sex and Sensibility, Roffman’s latest book is highly relevant to today’s youth. Having taught sexuality education in grades 4-12 for over 30 years, she knows what children need to know and has a wealth of useful advice for parents.

“We live in a time when kids of all ages are bombarded with age-sensitive material wherever they turn,” states the Philadelphia Tribune. “‘Sexting’ and bullying are on the rise at an increasingly younger age, and teen moms are ‘celebrified.’ What is a concerned — and embarrassed — parent to do?

“With wit, wisdom, and savvy, Deborah Roffman translates her experiences gleaned from decades of teaching kids and parents, and as a mom, into strategies to help parents navigate this tricky terrain. “Talk to Me First” is for any parent who wants to become and remain the most credible and influential resource about sexuality in their children’s lives.”

Next Speakers: Deepak Chopra, Dr. Rudy Tanzi (Dec. 4) and Richard Louv (Apr. 3)

On December 4 at 7:00 p.m., Deepak Chopra and Dr. Rudy Tanzi will speak at Inly School about their highly anticipated book Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being (publish date: Nov 6, 2012). Chopra, an internationally popular author of 65 books, and Tanzi, a professor of neurology at Harvard University and co-discoverer of the first Alzheimer’s disease gene, will discuss the latest findings in brain research and how everyone from toddlers to parents to seniors can maximize their potential brain power.

On April 3, 2013 at 7:00 p.m., well known author and naturalist Richard Louv will speak about his book Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. Louv, who has written for The New York Times, The WashingtonPost, The Times of London and other major publications, coined the term Nature-Deficit Disorder™ which has become the defining phrase of this important issue.

Online ticketing for upcoming talks will be available November 1st. See the Speaker Series web page for more information.

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