My name is Rosalind Wiseman and I am an educator, writer, and founder of Cultures of Dignity. For over two decades I have been talking with, listening to, and occasionally arguing with young people about everything and anything that’s important to them. I have authored five books -- two of which hit the NYT Bestseller List. My non-fiction books are titled, Queen Bees & Wannabes, Masterminds & Wingmen, The Guide, Queen Bees Moms & King Pin Dads, and the Owning Up curriculum. I also wrote a young adult novel titled, Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials. This fall, I re-launched the Owning Up Curriculum, a comprehensive social emotional learning program for grades in partnership with the Association of Middle Level Educators.
I write a monthly column for the Anti-Defamation League called Rosalind’s Classroom Conversations where I write about common challenges educators face in talking to young people about youth culture, bigotry, discrimination, and social media. I also write articles for major publications, blog and tweet frequently on a wide variety of topics but always feel I should be writing more often.
By far, what I appreciate the most about my work is that I am constantly learning.
I have been invited to speak at all kinds of venues: from federal and state initiatives, corporate board rooms, advocacy organizations, national conventions, public schools, charter schools, and private schools of diverse affiliations. As a teacher, I focus on collaboration and because of this I meet amazing people who look at youth culture in ways I haven’t thought about. My work is informed by integrating my expertise with the lived experience of others.
I have served on many nonprofit boards but currently only serve on one—the US Health and Human Services Substance and Mental Health Administration. I support many non-profits in smaller ways because these organizations do the work that tirelessly advocate on the issues I care about most.
Personally, I enjoy eating really good food, drinking really good bourbon, listening to great music, dancing until my feet hurt, and politics that make me think. I have been married for nearly 20 years and still wonder how I met someone at such a young age that I could walk through life with. On the other hand, I have two sons who are 13 and 15… they are my everyday challenge. My favorite child is my dog, Layla, who is always by my side and has never rolled her eyes at me. I lived in Washington DC for most of my life until I moved to Colorado in 2012…and yes it was a culture shock but I am getting used to it and happy to be living in such a beautiful place with really nice people who never honk at you.