8.11.17 [RIISE MV Events] The Essential College Writing Workshop

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Enrolling at top colleges and universities is said to be seamless for independent school graduates. Yet, one college professor challenges this notion when it comes to college writing, and she wants to do something about it! Enter educator, historian, jazz aficionado, author and Summer Vineyarder, Dr LaShonda Katrice Barnett. A full time visiting professor at North Western University in both the African American Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies departments, LaShonda’s workshop will help high achieving 10th-12th graders + recent college freshman close the writing gaps. 

Students will learn:

  • what academic writing skills college professors are looking for-immediately

  • why essential academic writing skills impacts overall success

  • what writing strategies and tools to employ, and when

  • how critical thinking shapes effective and persuasive writing

  • the value of their stories and how to tell them

Meet Dr. Barnett here as she is interviewed at A+ about her novel Jam on the Vine and our country’s complicated history with racial justice—http://aplus.com/s/dbb2fa71c26

Let’s get our students writing on the Vineyard, before heading to the beach!

LIMITED SEATS, first come first served.

FREE, but please RSVP, and share https://riisemvwritingworkshop.eventbrite.com

Other RIISE Events on the Vineyard:

8.9—2nd RIISE MV Boarding School Panel 
8.10–4th Annual RIISE Martha’s Vineyard Benefit

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8.9.17 [RIISE MV Events] Boarding School Panel—21st Century Learning & Innovation

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2nd Annual Boarding School Panel | 21st Century Learning & Innovation

We’re back on Martha’s Vineyard at the Edgartown Public Library bridging summer gaps with awareness and access to a boarding school education! Are you curious? Do you have questions? Are you enrolling this Fall? A panel of administrators, educators, and students will offer real insight on boarding at an independent school. Let us demystify and demonstrate real experiences and benefits as we consider:

    • right fit schools

    • innovative opportunities provided by boarding schools

    • best practices to navigating boarding/Independent schools-year 1

Sponsors: Fessenden School & Tabor Academy

It’s FREE to students & parents but you must RSVP, and share!: https://riisemvboardingpanel.eventbrite.com

Other RIISE Events on the Vineyard:
8.10–4th Annual RIISE Martha’s Vineyard Benefit
8.11–The Essential College Writing Workshop

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8.10.17 [Why We Can't Wait] 4th Annual RIISE Martha’s Vineyard Benefit


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4th Annual RIISE Martha’s Vineyard Benefit

Brunch & Beach

We’re back on Martha’s Vineyard celebrating families of color, independent school education, and beyond! Bring your family and bunch with us at the awesome Winnetu in Katama. Fun activities for kids of all ages!

This year’s speaker, Dr. Pamela Jolly will discuss Why We Can’t Wait for:

 excellent & equitable education

 ensuring legacy wealth continues

 clarifying the vision ahead

After the Winnetu stick with us for Beach after Brunch minutes away at South Beach!

More fun, more celebration til sunset!

Sponsors: Vibrant Health & Riverdale Country School


$125 per adult. Cash Bar

16 and under FREE

Resources In Independent School Education—RIISE

building bridges between families of color and the culture of independent schools

Don’t Wait, RSVP and share: https://riisemvbenefit.eventbrite.com

more RIISE MV Events:

8.9 https://riisemvboardingschoolpanel.eventbrite.com
8.11 https://riisemvcollegewritingworkshop.eventbrite.com

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{S.O.S.} Self. Others. Surroundings. @ Town.



Hello, and thank you for joining us this past Saturday at Town! It was a great morning with parents, educators, alum, admin and students. We learned so much about Town and what makes it unique and culturally responsive with S.O.S.

A special shout out goes to graduating 8th grader, Harrison Velasquez who talked about what he will miss most about Town and how S.O.S. impacted him as a young man of color. We wish him well on his next educational journey at boarding school. Another big shout out goes to the Roberts family, winner of the RIISE Doer Family Membership!

If you missed the event you may want to set up a time to visit Town and learn more about S.O.S. and their special N-8 school community. Linda Shuffman, director of admissions would love to hear from you! If you want to learn more about RIISE membership we’d love to hear from you too.

All the best,

founder | advocate | advisor | author
RIISE – Resources In Independent School Education




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Your 5.30 Invitation to Boys Education @ Buckley

Springtime is a great time to learn about boys education and what makes it so unique.
Join us after work for the annual champagne toast with The Buckley School.

Buckley provides a traditional, yet innovative, curriculum from kindergarten, Beginners, through ninth grade. But, what does that look like for boys of color?

RSVP for your personal invitation to find that out, plus the recent RIISE research
sponsored by Buckley!

Tuesday, May 30, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm, The Buckley School, 113 East 73rd Street-NYC

email: gpc@4RIISE.org

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Your 5.20 Invitation to S.O.S @ Town.


 Springtime is the perfect time to visit member school communities.

S.O.S. is the ethical code infused in everyday life at Town.

RSVP for your personal invitation to learn how S.O.S. works and feels

at Town, N—8 Coed Day School.

Saturday, May 20, 2017, 10:00 am to 11:30 am, 540 East 76th St., NYC

email: gpc@4RIISE.org

RIISE Event May 20

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awareness + access = admission strategy



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.



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Mocha Moms Brooklyn 

Presents: How to Navigate the Independent School Admission Process

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 Read More »

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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 it is a lot to unpack. But, for many parents, the educational gains can be worth the investment and effort when balanced with strategic parent partnerships.

We believe parents are responsible for partnering and leading on behalf of their children leaving school communities stronger than when they first enrolled. Families of color should not shoulder this responsibility alone. Independent schools play a vital role in creating the pathways for cultural competency and social justice.

Just before the Spring Break, RIISE had the pleasure of working with parents that deserve a shout out for resilience and good strategic planning! Both have developed dynamic parent affinity groups Read More »

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Women Who Lead In Independent Schools


RIISE HOS Podcast Series: Meet Léman Manhattan Preparatory School’s, Maria Castelluccio!

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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 communication with parents, educational innovation, fundraising, facilities management, school policies, accreditations, and more.

If you are a prospective or enrolled parent you should get to know the head of school. They are among the many important partnerships you have in educating your child at an independent school. Don’t underestimate the value of their vision and capability in creating ways for communities to thrive in both equitable and inclusive ways.

So, we love it when our heads of school introduce themselves to the RIISE Network! Do you know HOS, Maria Castelluccio? Join this podcast as we learn about Léman, what Head of School means Read More »

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FEB. 14, 21, 28—RIISE Enrollment Teleconferences

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