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School district's guest speaker series begins Jan. 29

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The New Albany-Plain Local School District has hosted speakers in the past but this year's speaker series will be a little different, school officials say.

"We've had a few authors come in and we had a visit from (author) Tony Wagner last year, who was a guest speaker," district spokesman Patrick Gallaway said. "But the focus (of this series) is a little different and is an outgrowth of our committee work this year. Through the anti-bullying committee and diversity committee, we've identified areas of concentration."

The district is promoting the series as a way "to offer support, awareness and expertise to parents, community and students on a variety of topics" the schools have focused on this year, according to the district website.

"Those focuses include student wellness and mental health, diversity, anti-bullying and ... overall student and community culture goal," the website said.

The first speaker is Norman Shub, an author, teacher and psychotherapist.

Shub is clinical director of the Gestalt Institute of Central Ohio, which provides "innovative multidisciplinary healing and effective and outstanding psychotherapy services to children and families," according to the institute's website.

He will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, 100 W. Dublin-Granville Road in New Albany. The topic will be "developing high self-esteem in children, seeing warning signs, preventing problems and dealing with difficult behavior."

Gallaway said two other speakers have been secured but dates and times have not yet been confirmed.

February's speaker, Steven Ryuse, will be at New Albany High School the week of Feb. 11, in conjunction with Black History Month.

Ryuse, a Columbus resident, wrote I Didn't Know I Was Black: Growing up Black in the White World of Tennis. He is a tennis professional at the Worthington Hills Country Club.

Ryuse will speak about diversity and will meet with smaller groups throughout his weeklong visit. Gallaway said his community speaking engagement has not yet been scheduled.

Prevention of bullies is the focus of the third lecture, which will feature Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabes. Wiseman will come to New Albany in April.

In her book, Wiseman explores how girls "choose their best friends, how they express their anger, their boundaries with boys and their relationships with parents," according to her website.

Gallaway said the April lecture will coincide with the district's goal to provide a better student environment that promotes kindness and respect.

Gallaway said the series will be open to all members of the community.

Visit napls.us for more information.

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