Monthly Archives: November 2013

Two Mothers – A Collaboration

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  In the wake of the murder of Trayvon Martin, and subsequent verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, two mothers and independent school professionals, one black, one white decided to explore their response and responsibility to the tragedy and verdict. This past summer, Gina Parker Collins; RIISE Founder and Angie Bergeson; The IDEAL School of […]

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RIISE Funding of an Independent School Blog Series

  There is no denying that an independent school costs a lot of money to operate and a lot of money to attend. Resources In Independent School Education will look at the different ways funding shows up in independent schools for parents and schools, what that  looks like, and how prospective and current families interact […]

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On The Board…with Diversity

RCS Board Member, Terri Austin

After reading a recent Forbes post 10 Reasons Diversity is Good for the Boardroom, RIISE considered the importance of diverse representation among board members at independent schools, and began to seek out board members of color to share their voices.

We start with Terri Austin – Board Member at Riverdale Country School!

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#GivingTuesday – for the Philippines

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Indie school parent and good friend, Karen Elizaga offers us an opportunity to support the Philippines…  Dear Family and Friends, I am sure you have seen how brutal the typhoon was for the Philippines and its people. I am especially saddened and moved by this because I have family and many friends there. In an […]

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The ADS Workshop – Yep, that would be Anna Deavere Smith, at Chapin!

Anna Deavere Smith and Chapin faculty during ADS Workshop

When I learned from Alile Eldridge, Coordinator of Community Life & Diversity, that acclaimed actress, playwright, activist, and professor Anna Deavere Smith would be conducting a workshop for Chapin’s professional community, immediately a flurry of questions spewed forth, like: The Anna Deavere Smith? How? Why? What? Nurse Jackie??? Alile and her workshop partners, Drama Teacher, […]

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Reflections on a Blog Post – The Verdict – A Letter to My Son, by a White Mother

Sybrina Fulton flanked by Jahvaris and Trayvon.
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  The hardest letter I’ve ever had to write was the letter to my young son in the wake of the verdict to Trayvon’s murder. This blog post by Angie Bergeson, Head of School at The IDEAL School of Manhattan, is actually part of a longer collaboration that Angie and I are journeying together. Although […]

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Curriculum Blog Series – STEMatters! Three Reasons Why it Really Matters – Joy Lawson Davis, Ed. D.

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STEMatters! Three reasons why focusing on STEM really matters. By Joy Lawson Davis, Ed.D. RIISE  families have been asking for her. And, it’s our pleasure to have her lead our Curriculum Blog Series. Thanks Dr. Joy!  Parents are constantly bombarded with national and international news about educational issues and the impact of day-to-day schooling on […]

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Middle Schoolers Learn The Power of Asking Questions – MS Hilltop Diversity Conference

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 It was Horace Mann’s turn last week to host the annual MS Hilltop Diversity Conference. Here is an excerpt from Patricia Zuroski, Director of Diversity Horace Mann… Markell (Markell Parker; Associate Diversity, Assoc. Director of Admissions)  is the master of “lean into discomfort” and his vision for the annual MS Hilltop Diversity Conference was an […]

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Reminders & Opportunities for Class of 2015 from Transitional Pathways of New York

  Attention Class of 2015,  now is the time to begin contemplating your educational options. The 2013 – 2014 school year is the most important year of your upper school experience.  Whether you’re considering the plush halls of an Ivy League institution, the rich culture of a HBCU, the academic vigor of a private school […]

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Chapin POCC Hosts Eve of Money Making & Korean BBQ

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    RIISE was invited by Chapin’s Coordinator of Community Life and Diversity, Alile Eldridge and Parents of Children of Color’s Co-Chair Jaime Kim Ross to participate with Chapin as they looked ahead at summer opportunities for our kids, networking, and making Korean BBQ. It was cold out, but we walked in on a warm […]

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