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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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: […]

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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 […]

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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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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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