Rosalind Wiseman, CNN commentator and author, will speak at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, 100 E Dublin-Granville Road, New Albany.
Wiseman's engagement coincides with the publication of her new book, Masterminds and Wingmen, Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World. The author's research for the book included 2012 interviews of and focus groups with Bexley High School students, some of whom will participate in the Sept. 16 program.
Wiseman wrote the best-selling books Queen Bees and Wannabes and Queen Bee Moms and King Pin Dads. She has worked with Bexley's middle and high school-aged students, helping to establish a mentor program and focusing on the school district's goal of creating a more respectful, compassionate and inclusive social environment.
Wiseman's work in Bexley has been part of a district-wide effort to remove students' non-academic barriers to success. Some examples of district initiatives addressing students' social and emotional health are the guidance curricula, Steps to Respect and Second Step and the formal mentoring and advisory system for students transitioning from the middle school.