About This Program
Embracing Compassion: Stories that Connect Us
Long before computers, video games, or even books, people told stories. Stories are the world’s oldest and most effective tool for teaching and communicating since they enter our heart by engaging our imagination. In her assemblies, Noa Baum invites students to listen deeply, imagine, connect, and empathize. At this critical time when we need to not only embrace diversity but also to understand it, Noa gives students the opportunity to see the world from multiple perspectives and to consider their role in making the world kinder and more just. Students walk away challenged to pass Noa’s stories on and to tell their own.
Sample Common Core Connections
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.3: Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.3: Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices
for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.1: Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building
on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Standard 1.0 Mental and Emotional Health: Students will demonstrate the ability to use mental and emotional health knowledge, skills, and strategies to enhance
"Noa was warm and engaging. She established immediate rapport with the audience, giving clear cues for decorum, but lots of space for appropriate response and participation. Her stories were mesmerizing, her timing impeccable, and her connection with the children genuine. Loved her!"
"I appreciated the diverse nature of the stories Noa told both at the performance and on her CD. She brought in elements of the cultures that the stories sprang from and made the stories come alive with her dramatic telling of them. Noa is truly an exceptional performer."
"Noa is fantastic! She brings her stories alive so that this petite woman actually resembles a lion, a turtle--actually any character she takes on, when performing--without costume! I cannot say enough about Noa--the teachers, staff and most importantly the students were captivated by her storytelling."
"Noa Baum's performance captivated our students! Using characters they could relate to, her animated storytelling drew the children in and held their attention as they absorbed the valuable lessons within the stories. Thank you, Noa!"
Bushy Park Elementary School PTA