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

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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

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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

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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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April 29—5th RIISE Parent Power Conference

Girl Jumping Rope, Elizabeth Catlett

Girl Jumping Rope, Elizabeth Catlett


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You’ve Gotta BELIEVE—Awaiting the Decision


photo credit: S. Mignott

photo credit: S. Mignott



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 Kinder acceptance letters. heard two moms talking about being on pins and needles this morning waiting for next friday!”

As RIISE assists this mom with a strategic jump on the 2017-18 admission season, we are also helping her and others manage the STRESS OF ANTICIPATING A DECISION. It’s true—at this time of the year anxiety is in the air! If you dared to take the journey—above all things you’ve gotta BELIEVE in everyday miracles!

The next thing you need to do is understand what’s about to happen next. This knowledge can bring the stress level down tremendously and better prepare you for your next move. Get a handle on it before it gets a handle on you.

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