Testimonials

Catherine Steiner-Adair was a terrific keynote speaker at  our annual parent education event this year.  We hosted over 1,200 attendees, and the statistics, trends, and research she cited were exactly the type of information the families in our community were eager to hear.  She helped parents gain a better understanding of media use from the youth perspective as well as both the positive and negative effects technology can have on family and peer relationships. Parents and educators alike were buzzing about her presentation throughout the conference and have since been excited to invite Catherine to speak to their school communities this school year.

Kathy Koo, Executive Director, Challenge Success,

Catherine Steiner-Adair gave a terrific presentation at an All School Meeting of Phillips Academy Andover.  The students and faculty, more than 1,200 strong, gave her a standing ovation at the end of her talk. This reaction to her talk was especially impressive because she had challenged the students about the importance of treating one another with respect and caring.  The presentation captured the attention of the students in part by reflecting back to them their own words, language that the students themselves had posted online.  The language, harsh and jarring, was read out loud on stage by respected members of the student community.  Dr. Steiner-Adair set these words in context, held the audience, and delivered a thoughtful message about community, character, and the challenges of life online.  What she did is not at all easy to do.

John Palfrey, Head of School, Phillips Academy Andover,

Catherine Steiner-Adair is a unique combination of brilliance and compassion. There is no one better at decoding the challenges that contemporary culture presents to the formation of a healthy childhood and a fulfilling family life – and in helping parents and kids develop the tools needed to shape a strong foundation for growing up in these times. She has become a tremendous resource for the Hathaway Brown community, and someone whose counsel we trust and treasure.

William Christ, Head of School, Hathaway Brown School,

My name is Pearl Rock Kane, and I direct the Klingenstein Center at Columbia’s Teachers College. The Klingenstein Center is honored to sponsor Catherine Steiner-Adair because of her multiple and significant contributions as a school consultant, therapist, clinical professor, researcher and author to helping children and adolescents develop healthy, happy and productive lives.

Pearl Rock Kane, Klingenstein Center at Columbia’s Teachers College,

I have never had so many faculty members register their positive responses to a consultant's presence as have come to me to speak of your visit yesterday. It seems that you've touched a place in each of us that resonates with our questions about who these children are today and how we can work with them to provide guidance in their development as self-aware and compassionate human beings. Several have commented on their appreciation that you referenced trends and pressures on not only our young children but also the older adolescent population that they encounter now and will become eventually.

Janet Shaw, The Dalton School,

I love to hear Catherine Steiner-Adair present at a workshop or as a keynote speaker. She has an uncanny ability to take ideas and thoughts that educators are mulling over — and tie them to together in important and meaningful ways. Leaving a workshop led by Catherine always leads me to improved classroom practice and engaging dialogue with colleagues about the importance of our work. Catherine has the ability to validate and praise our work – as parents and educators – while stretching our thinking and encouraging new ways to turn tricky situations into powerful learning moments. She’s a gift to educators and parents.

Amy P. Vorenberg, Head of School, The Philadelphia School,

Thank you again for a wonderful presentation on Thursday night. You so beautifully weaved our mission and work into your talk, which made the evening so authentic and poignant. It was perfect! The Feedback has only been positive. Our hosts loved it too. I just want to personally thank you again for an amazing evening. I wish I had videotaped it!

Facing History and Ourselves Fund Raising Event,

Thank you so much for the outstanding job you did presenting your work at the Elementary School Heads conference in Savannah. You are amongst the very best speakers we have ever had, and I am hopeful that people will use your presentation as the basis of starting or furthering important conversations in our school communities.

Thanks again, and I hope we will have the opportunity to work together again.

Neil Mufson, Headmaster, The Country School,

Never before has it been more clear that the power of technology to transform our children's lives for the better also has the potential to stifle their development at every age and stage. This is a must read for parents and educators. Parents will embrace Steiner-Adair's step-by-step solutions, focused on building deeper and more meaningful family relationships; teachers will better understand the need to manage the double-edged sword of technology as a tool for learning.

Nanci Z. Kauffman Head of School, Castilleja School, Palo Alto, CA,

Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair can reach any audience. Through her years of working with a myriad of adolescents and their families, she knows how our young people think and develop. Her obvious love of children and awareness of social pressures on them combine to make her a superb educational leader. Her work at our school with faculty, parents, and students has allowed us to become an even better school community. She is a trusted mentor and look forward to continuing to work with her in the years to come.

Marjo Talbott, Head of Maret School,