Rosalind Wiseman, a New York Times best-selling author, will headline the Colorado School Safety Resource Center’s Safe Schools Summit in La Junta on Thursday, May 11.

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 the Colorado School Safety Resource Center’s Safe Schools Summit in La Junta on Thursday, May 11. 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 Summit will address these and other critical school safety issues. The summit will feature a series of workshops designed to bring together school staff and students to learn together and work toward 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.

WHAT: 2017 Rural Colorado Safe Schools Summit WHEN: 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday, May 11 WHERE: Otero Junior College Student Center, 2001 San Juan Ave., La Junta, CO 81050

Handicapped parking available on south side of Student Center

HOSTED BY: Colorado School Safety Resource Center (Colorado Department of Public Safety)

COST: FREE thanks to a generous grant provided by the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado of the Gill Foundation.

REGISTRATION: Each school is limited to a maximum of 14 total participants. We 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 to register online.

MORE INFO: Please contact the Colorado School Safety Resource Center at (303) 239-4435.