Monthly Archives: December 2014

Children March – Three Stories of Support for Parents & Students

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This blog was written with the help of the community at three Hilltop Schools – Riverdale, Horace Mann, & ECFS. We hope it sparks conversation and gives parents the courage and support to engage children during the holiday break and beyond. After my son and I watched Mighty Times: The Children’s March (, an amazing 40 […]

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RIISE HOS Series – Dr. Patricia Hayot @ The Chapin School


Be the subject of your own life and not the object of someone else’s, is just one of the transformative quotes and ideas that Dr. Patricia Hayot, head at The Chapin School, shares with her girls. Listen to our discussion with Dr. Hayot as she shares her leadership vision for an all-girl, K-12 school located on […]

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Test Takers, here’s a Holiday Challenge from Saxonny Rich – Catalyst Prep


Holiday Challenge Saxonny Rich, Catalyst Prep I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! We are in the thick of the holiday season and to me, this means that I’m thinking of friends and family a lot.  In honor of diversity, inclusion, and of course test prep, my holiday challenge to you is to read a […]

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Countdown to 1/10 Mock Test-SAT/ACT, Pizza, Candid Conversation

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Event Registration Online for SAT/ACT Mock Test, Candid Conversation, and Pizza! powered by Eventbrite Related Post : Test Takers, here’s a Holiday Challenge from Saxonny Rich, Catalyst Prep

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Mental Note

  **** MENTAL NOTE ****     Scholars, Educators, Psychologists, and Parents Twitter Town Hall TONIGHT – 8:30 pm EST Conversation on Strategies on Discussing Recent Events with Young People (#BlackHistoryMatters) – thanks to RIISE friend & facilitator, Leslie Talbot for sharing. Register here      

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RIISE HOS Series – Tom Kelly @ Horace Mann

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We’ve been having a really good time interviewing our Heads of Schools. Thank you for taking the time to get to know them. The second installment of RIISE’s HOS Series is a spirited interview with our friend, Thomas M. Kelly, Ph.D. who leads Horace Mann School in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. Tom is not […]

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Get with The Program! Computer Science Education Week

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by,  Tracy Gray, M.S. EdTech & Education Entrepreneur “Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer… because it teaches you how to think.” – Steve Jobs   Today, December 8, 2014 marks the beginning of Computer Science Education Week. Millions of students in over 150 countries will explore computer programming with the goal of demystifying coding! […]

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Humanity, and it’s expression

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We are all human – but are we when we can’t see our way into the humanity of each other? Recent local and global discourse, along with acts of civil disobedience indicate that there just might be a new wave of human and civil rights being ushered in. This energy is not lost in our independent […]

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12/10 – Open RIISE Workshop – Decoding the Code: Helping Families to Thrive in an Independent School Environment

Abstract: For those who are new to the Independent school experience there may be a period of  “transition shock” that occurs as a result of the family’s entry into a seemingly unfamiliar system.  Successful negotiation of  the admissions process can leave parents feeling on top of the world;  however, the day to day  routine associated with getting […]

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12/14 – RIISE Shares Bowling Playdate K-5!

Are you interested in creating a community for our African American children attending independent schools?  Your family is invited to   African American Students of Independent Schools Building Community Play Date K- 5th grade December 14th  1-3 pm   Frames Bowling Lounge 550  9th Ave, Between 40-41st streets

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