Best-Selling Author to Headline Rural Safe Schools Summits

Rosalind Wiseman, author of the New York Times best-selling book Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence, will headline a trio of Rural Safe Schools Summits that will be hosted by the Colorado School Safety Resource Center in April and May. Wiseman’s book formed the basis for the movie Mean Girls.

Safety in schools is an increasingly complex challenge for those tasked with keeping Colorado’s children safe. Today’s children face a range of safety concerns including cyberbullying, sexting, legalized marijuana, suicide, sexual abuse and more. 

The one-day Rural Colorado Safe Schools Summits will address these and other critical school safety issues. The events will feature a series of workshops designed to bring together school staff and students to learn together and work towards making their schools safer for all. Wiseman and Cultures of Dignity Co-Founder Charlie Kuhn will present the keynote speech, helping educators teach students to understand their individual development in group behavior, the influence of social media, and the dynamics that lead to discrimination and bigotry.

Durango
8 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday, April 25

Grand Junction
8 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday, April 27

La Junta
8 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday, May 11

The events are being offered to participants for free thanks in part to a grant from the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado of the Gill Foundation. A continental breakfast and boxed lunches will be served. 

Registration is now open. Each school is limited to a maximum of 14 total participants; organizers are seeking a balance between staff and students, with a ratio of at least 1 adult to 6 students. Visit www.colorado.gov/pacific/cssrc/trainings for more information and to register online.