Rosalind Wiseman is an internationally recognized author and educator on children, teens, parenting, education and social justice. Her work aims to help parents, educators, and young people successfully navigate the social challenges of young adulthood. Rosalind's best-selling Queen Bees and Wannabes was turned into the movie Mean Girls, which she co-wrote with Tina Fey. Rosalind is a frequent guest on morning news programs, such as The Today Show and Good Morning America, where she discusses teen issues such as bullying, friendship, and high school experiences.
In Boys, Girls, and other Hazardous Materials, Rosalind tells the story of Charlie, who is trying to start a whole new life at Harmony Falls High School, far from middle school with mean girls all around. But when Charlie's ex-best friend Will shows up and starts hanging out with a questionable crew, things start to go too far and Charlie has to decide whether to turn him in or live with the guilt of knowing what he did.
Author and educator Rosalind Wiseman is available to speak to students, faculty, parents, and other education professionals and youth workers in your community. Her staff will work with you to custom tailor a series of programs to fit your needs. Below are some of the basic options that she has done in the past, but all can be modified or scaled up or down depending on your program goals.
To book Rosalind Wiseman for an event, or to find more information about event options and her other publications, please visit her website at www.rosalindwiseman.com.
Information About Appearances with Rosalind Wiseman
Conference Keynote or Breakout Sessions:
Keynote presentations generally last 1 hour, followed by 15 to 20 minutes of Q & A and a book signing if time permits. Breakout sessions of various lengths may also be added as fits your conference schedule.
Assemblies to students last approximately 45 minutes followed by 10-15 minutes of Q & A. In order to make presentations relevant yet appropriate for the students, we have some requirements about which grades can be taught at the same time. We recommend any of the following grade breakdowns to ensure all students feel comfortable in the group:
5th & 6th
6th & 7th
7th & 8th
8th & 9th
9th & 10th
11th & 12th
Any grade can also be taught individually. Small group sessions or meetings with student leaders may also be arranged.
Presentations to parents are generally in the evening and last about 1 hour followed by 15-20 minutes Q & A and a book signing. The presentation may be opened up to other schools or the wider community, but must be adults only.
Faculty Meetings & Educator Training
Rosalind Wiseman is also available to conduct presentations to education professionals (school faculty and staff, police officers, Girl/Boy Scout leaders, etc.) to best suit your time, budget, and goals. The presentation often includes an overview of the methodology and skills taught in the Owning Upô Curriculum, and concrete strategies are given for appropriate use in any classroom or groupregardless of subject matter. We are happy to work with you to design the presentation specifically for issues you believe are the most relevant for your students and faculty. Questions can be asked throughout the presentation or time can be allotted at the end based on your preference.
Various session lengths are available:
90-minute program includes presentation and Q & A
Half-day training lasts 3-4 hours
Full-day training lasts 3 hours in morning, 3 hours in afternoon
Two-day on-site Owning Upô training: An intensive professional development seminar in which educators are trained and certified to teach the Owning Upô Curriculum. This is an ideal option for organizations looking to train a large number of faculty at once. Depending on the number of faculty you would like trained, it may be more cost effective to send your educators to our Owning Upô Training Institute conference in Washington, DC, rather than have speakers come out to you.
Sample Presentation Topics
Social Justice & Ethical Leadership (for students, parents, or educators)
Media Literacy (for Educators or Students)
Queen Bees & Wannabes: Teaching Social Competency in Middle School and High School Students (for students, parents, or educators)
Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads: Navigating Relationships with the Adults in Your Child's Life (for parents or educators)
Boys, Girls & Other Hazardous Materials: Bridging the Gap Between Social Realities and Young Adult Fiction (for parents, educators, or students)
Sample Presentation Descriptions
Queen Bees & Wannabes: What the Rules of "Girl World" and "Boy World" Mean to a Teen (For Parents)
Almost every parent has had a gut-wrenching moment when they've seen their child in distress from being bullied by another kid. Alternatively, many others have anxiously responded, "My child would never..." after hearing about bad behavior their son or daughter supposedly perpetrated. In her multimedia presentation, author and educator Rosalind Wiseman deconstructs the role that cliques, bullying and social hierarchies play in "Girl World" and "Boy World." Parents will learn concrete strategies for helping their children navigate conflict ethically and with social competence, while recognizing how their own experiences influence the way they parent. Drawing from her bestselling books, Queen Bees & Wannabes and Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads, Wiseman explains why it's not about getting kids to "be nice," but rather to realize that each one of us has a responsibility to treat ourselves and others with dignity.
Queen Bees & Wannabes: What the Rules of "Girl World" and "Boy World" Mean to a Teen (Students)
Every day kids and teens are bombarded with rules from their parents, their peers, and their culture telling them what they need to look, act, and be like in order for their voice to count. At times confining and conflicting, these rules make it difficult for kids to figure out the kind of person they should try to be. In this groundbreaking multimedia presentation, author and educator Rosalind Wiseman asks kids to think critically about the world that's being presented to them by dissecting popular music and videos. By examining the impact these messages have on the culture of "Boy World" and "Girl World," Wiseman helps young people take control of the decisions they make in lifechallenging them to speak out against injustice and recognize the price they pay for being silent.
Creating a Culture of Dignity in your School and Classroom (For Educators)
Rosalind Wiseman presents a general overview of the philosophy and practices of her Owning Upô Curriculum and her bookthe New York Times best-seller Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends & Other Realities of Adolescence. Wiseman draws from real-life scenarios to demonstrate how cliques, bullying and social hierarchies among children and adults can be placed in a larger context of social justice. In this interactive presentation, educators will learn concrete strategies for responding effectively to perpetrators, targets, and bystanders of kids' social conflicts, and how to apply them to their individual teaching experiences. Wiseman empowers teachers and other professionals who work with youth to create a climate of safety, respect, and dignity so every participant leaves with positive ways to impact their community.
Surviving the Hive: Improving Relations with the Adults in Your Child's Life (For Parents and Educators)
Young people aren't the only ones who experience bullying, cliques, and social isolation. The hidden world of social competition among parents impacts the well-being of our children and our children's ability to succeed in a seemingly ever-increasing competitive world. Drawing from her book Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads: Dealing with the Parents, Teachers, Counselors and Coaches That Can Make or Break Your Child's Future, Wiseman shows how the strict social rules of "Girl World," dissected in Queen Bees & Wannabes, are equally present in "Perfect Parent World," and often put parents in situations with other adults that make them feel like they are back in middle school. This interactive multi-media presentation shows how parents become involved in their child's conflicts for better or worse. Parents and educators alike will learn concrete strategies to improve their relationships with everyone in the lives of the children they work withĖfrom their own kids to their teachers, coaches, and principals.
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