Author Archives: Gina Parker Collins

awareness + access = admission strategy

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  Spring Open House at an Independent School Near You! Springtime is the best time to begin to explore an independent school education. Visit our member school’s websites and look for admission events.     Mocha Moms Brooklyn  Presents: How to Navigate the Independent School Admission Process Wednesday, April 12, 2017

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Parent Pathways: Why & How To Create Them

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As a parent, creating ways to influence the culture of an independent school community requires some insight, courage, and strategy. If you don’t already know it a top notch education, particularly one that is predominantly white and privileged, can be challenged by implicit and explicit biases. Often experienced as micro or macro aggressions, over time […]

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Women Who Lead In Independent Schools

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  RIISE HOS Podcast Series: Meet Léman Manhattan Preparatory School’s, Maria Castelluccio! Listen Heads of school lead in a big way at independent schools. They bear a tremendous responsibility in making sure it all comes together under the school mission. With the support of trustees, they are ultimately in charge of teacher-student recruitment & development, school […]

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FEB. 14, 21, 28—RIISE Enrollment Teleconferences

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April 29—5th RIISE Parent Power Conference

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You’ve Gotta BELIEVE—Awaiting the Decision

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      It’s about to get real in a hot minute! Keenly aware of where she will be this time next year with the independent school admission process, a mom of a three year old and a six month old is hyper-aware of the conversations buzzing around her, “…all the chatter in the nyc trains is about […]

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Lunch With Gina—That Girl, Sydney Robertson

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It was an absolute pleasure to catch up with Sydney at the close of her winter break from Wellesley College. She is That Girl for so many reasons. Sydney is an indy school grad (day and boarding school), a junior in college, and an up-stander headed into the financial industry.  Sydney agreed to this impromptu Lunch With Gina […]

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Straight, No Chaser Chronicles

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Let’s get right to it. The highly selective independent school admission process is enlightening and stressful! Within the past eleven years I’ve experienced it first-hand, twice. For the last eight, I’ve joined many RIISE Doer member families on their journey towards academic excellence. So, I know a thing or two about months of audition and competition that culminates with a mixture […]

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Early Learning—Oh my…the things we should do!

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 It is all about preparing our learners early on! Today’s guest blogger, Sandra Harbison is a thought leader in guidance and counseling preparing learners for success. Thank you Sandra for inspiring young parents with this post!!     As parents and caretakers we ask ourselves, what can we do for our children? From the time they are […]

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POCC/SDLC In Three Words

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  The People of Color Conference is the flagship of the National Association of Independent Schools’ commitment to equity and justice in teaching and learning.  The mission of the conference is to provide a safe space for leadership and professional development and networking for people of color and allies of all backgrounds in independent schools.  […]

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