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Wiseman to make another stop in New Albany on Sept. 16

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Author Rosalind Wiseman is coming back to New Albany and she's bringing some Bexley High School students with her.

Wiseman spoke to middle school and high school students and teachers and to about 250 people during a community event in April 2012, district spokesman Patrick Gallaway said.

Wiseman has written multiple books about culture and relationships in schools and social settings.

"From a district perspective, we had some great feedback from our community, both parents and teachers about her impact and the direct approach that she took in talking about the student culture," Gallaway said.

This year, Wiseman and a group of Bexley students who participated in research for her new book, Masterminds and Wingmen, will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, 100 E. Dublin-Granville Road.

Admission is free.

Gallaway said the Bexley students will serve as a panel and talk about their experiences.

"We have students who participated in Wiseman's focus groups when she was writing the book," Bexley schools spokeswoman Amy Thompson said. "They are male high school students who participated in her research and will participate in a panel."

Thompson said Wiseman visited Bexley schools in the fall of 2011 and trained high school students to mentor eighth-graders making the transition to high school. She returned in the fall of 2012 to continue her research.

"I think that the presentation in the evening for the community and audience will be a special event because they will be hearing directly from students," Thompson said. "(Wiseman) will not be telling what (the students) said, they are going to say some of it. It will be instructive for adults to hear what they experience or have experienced."

Gallaway said the district is not funding Wiseman's visit. It is part of her national book tour.

He said the Sept. 16 event also kicks off the New Albany-Plain Local School District's speaker series, which continues in October with Norman Shub, an author, teacher and psychotherapist with Gestalt Associates of Columbus.

Shub will teach parents to recognize the signs that their child is in trouble, Gallaway said.

The date of Shub's presentation has not yet been announced, but district officials plan to post it soon online at napls.us.

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