The Point of It All

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The point is they’ve developed in ways beyond my wildest expectations. Seriously, they blow my mind! Although I credit my family’s love and guidance, an independent school education has had a significant impact on my children’s progress. Since lower school, my 11th-grade daughter and my 8th-grade son have continued to remind us the reason for it all.

Before I rant about how thankful I am for their dynamic experiences I have to acknowledge the challenges too. I do this for those considering, applying and enrolled in the culture of predominantly white preK-12 institutions of high academic rigor and access, like independent schools. When we expand and push against boundaries we must expect challenges. How we overcome them will determine how successful we are at getting to the point.

What is it that we want? What is the point? Is it to give our children a competitive academic advantage through a selective & rigorous education? Is it access to resources and people that can help them achieve their (our) aspirations? Or, is it to develop a higher level of social and emotional intelligence that encourages compassion and activism. This last consideration may not be top of mind, making it an underrated expectation. Social consciousness is increasingly becoming a necessary character trait for a society that considers an uncertain future.

You may be wondering if the ‘point of it all’ is worth building the emotional muscle to overlook, and maybe overcome experiences like stereotype threat, implicit/explicit bias, and microagressions . The point is we face these challenges in various other settings and institutions like public education, healthcare,  higher ed, and the workplace. What makes many independent school communities uniquely inspiring is the intellectual capacity, stated right in the mission statement to be more. When the will is there, the ability is resourced to acknowledge, reflect, and act on making our schools more socially and emotionally intelligent to positively transform both community and culture. We salute many of our member schools for the innovative and courageous ways they are creating structure and space for this to happen. Big ups to parent leaders too!

I can’t think of a better time to be a part of an independent school community that believes and aligns with what we value. Let’s remember the point of it all as we go through the admission process, enroll, and re-enroll (done every time we sign the contract), especially this time of the year when we reflect on and count our blessings. An independent school education will be among the many blessings my family counts this year.

 

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Register | Free 10.29 Fall Boutique Recruitment Event—Diversity In Action

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[9.27] RIISE ROADMAP: INDEPENDENT SCHOOL ADMISSION WEBINAR

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RIISE ROADMAP: INDEPENDENT SCHOOL ADMISSION WEBINAR
September 27, 2017
7pm-8pm
This is an online event

Participate in our digital workshop that will address five hidden steps toward a sane, productive and enjoyable independent school search process.

You will learn:

1. how your Purpose can get you back on the right track when the road you’re on gets bumpy-and it will.
2. how raising your Cultural Capital can give you the competitive edge you need.
3. how developing your Brand can help you identify the right fit school and your leadership in it.
4. how creating a Roadmap is instrumental in keeping you organized and focused.
5. how your Visibility is vital to the success and well-being of your children during admission and enrollment.

If you are applying to independent schools this year, give us an hour and we will help you narrow the road to independent school success and beyond.

 

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[10.29] 8th RIISE Fall Boutique Recruitment Event

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8th RIISE Fall Boutique Recruitment Event
Sunday, October 29 at 2 PM - 5 PM
Sarah Lawrence College – Heimbold Visual Arts Center
1 Mead Way, Bronxville, NY

 

For the past eight years, Resources In Independent School Education has created a recruitment space for families of color as they consider the social, educational, economic, and cultural factors that go into choosing an independent school education.

If you are considering an independent school education for your child you don’t want to miss the opportunity to learn what it is really like to be a part of an elite educational community and to meet representatives from independent schools.

Check back for more updates!

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Restating Our Purpose: Legacy

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A new school year provides a new opportunity for RIISE to restate its purpose—creating alliances for legacy through education. We do this by building bridges between families of color and the culture of independent schools.

The idea of RIISE took shape in 2009, one year after our daughter’s first day of school. Underrepresentation, in many areas, was starker than imagined. In spite of this, we’ve gone on to benefit from an extraordinary education. In addition, we’ve accessed unique experiences, engaged with leadership and took on key roles to help make our school community even better than the first day in ’09. 

RIISE has since advised hundreds of families on ways to access, navigate, interpret, & clarify independent school culture in support of children of color who thrive. We collaborate with thought leaders and member schools who value and believe in diverse, inclusive, equitable and culturally competent communities.

We hope you join us on this important journey.

All the best,

Gina

Gina Parker

Gina Parker Collins
founder | advocate | advisor | author

RIISE - Resources In Independent School Education 

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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

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$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.

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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,

Gina
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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