Author Archives: Gina Parker Collins

July 25, 12pm – RIISE MID-SUMMER Admission Info Session

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[Newsletter] RIISE MID-SUMMER MUSINGS: Admissions & Martha’s Vineyard

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  Missing summer already?It seems as soon as we get into the swing of things, it begins to fade, fast.   Fact is, summer is actually five days longer than winter.Then why does it feel so short?Perhaps, there too many misleading markers:~ the end and the start of a new school year~ the beginning and end […]

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August 9 & 10 [RIISE MV 2018] Sistas on The RIISE + Brunch & Beach

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Thursday, August 9, 11 am – 2 pm YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard Sistas On The RIISE will nourish and encourage all Marthas to embrace their resilience and vulnerability; creative spirit and sheer will; their ability to heal and inspire the future. The namesake story of Martha’s Vineyard is not definitive, so we’re choosing to go with a self-serving […]

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Sista Spells Abracadabra!

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artist: Elon Collins What woman of color didn’t blush as Mehgan Markle ascended the British monarchy like only a Sista could. She defied racial and social status designed for her. Heck, she may have even single-handedly saved the monarchy by redefining convention and inserting her identity as feminist and woman of color. And, what about […]

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Post # 7: What We’ve Learned. Independent School Educators.

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Over the years we’ve experienced how the selective process of independent school teacher recruitment benefits overall classroom dynamics, curriculum, and student outcomes. Independent school educators tend to be passionate and empowered about teaching. They come prepared, not just with degrees but areas of expertise. They are enthusiastic and many share their outside interests through after-school […]

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Post #6: What We’ve Learned. Parent Development.

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As RIISE celebrates a decade of inspiring families of color to experience an independent school education, post #5: ‘What We’ve Learned’, has gone way back. This 2009, repost reminds parents of color and parents of children of color to show up whenever and however they can in independent school settings. We know how important parent […]

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Post #5: What We’ve Learned. Many Journeys.

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Kyoto, Japan ’17 I almost lost my job because of travel.  Accompanying my then fifth-grade daughter on a school trip to the Monteverde Friends School in Costa Rica was not up for discussion. Could I let her miss out on global and ideas exchange with peers in Central America? No. So, along with other parents, […]

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Post #4: What We’ve Learned. Independent defined.

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Kerry Marshall’s SOB, SOB   Independent def: self-governing: not requiring or relying on something else: a person of independent means To be enrolled in an independent school as a family of color is the very essence of independence. It is the act of being ambitious and brave. It is an act of non-conformity. The collective […]

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Post #3: What We’ve Learned. Getting In.

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This is a perfect time of the year to begin to research independent schools. To be truthful, the earlier you start the better. Kick it off with a complimentary 30-minute RIISE consultation, and attend various Spring admission events. Having spent over a decade in an independent school and through the observations of others with RIISE, […]

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Post #2: What We’ve Learned. Preparing for College.

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Whoo-hoo! My daughter is completing her junior year at an independent school, and, I am absolutely thrilled to help support her search for a great college. Over the years, we’ve received sage advice from those who’ve already grabbed the brass ring. Here are three things we’ve learned that should take the edge off of applying […]

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