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Program on bullying presented at the MPL

On Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. at the Marshalltown Public Library, “Creating Cultures of Dignity” will be presented by author Rosalind Wiseman, most well known for the best-selling book, Queen Bees and Wannabees: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends & Other Realties of Adolescence, which was the basis for the movie “Mean Girls.”

A recognized expert on ethical leadership, media literacy and bullying prevention, Wiseman has been a speaker at the White House Summit on Bullying, consultant for Cartoon Network’s Speak Up, Stop Bullying Campaign and has been profiled in national media like The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, People and more. Wiseman is a frequent guest on The Today Show, CNN and NPR affiliates around the country.

Wiseman is also the author of Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room tests, Girlfriends and the New Rules of Boy World and a new curriculum geared toward 6th-12th graders called Owning Up.

In her presentation at the library, Wiseman will illustrate how cliques, bullying and social hierarchies among children and adults can be placed into a larger context of social justice. Wiseman will also give a keynote during Monday’s in-service to Marshalltown school staff and present to Miller and Marshalltown High School students on Tuesday morning.

Anyone interested in learning more about how to work toward the long-term and collaborative process of creating “cultures of dignity” in our schools and community is welcome to attend the free Monday evening program.

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