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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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Four Ways To Stay In Control of Admission Process

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If you’ve been rocking out the independent school admission process for the last several months, then You Are A ROCK STAR! This competitive and subjective process is a roller coaster ride! But, what’s really cool is that you and your child threw both hands high in the air descending and ascending to the end. Bravo! […]

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Lunch with Gina Podcast: Election ’16 What Kids Need Right Now—Empowerment

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photo credit NYTimes Listen to this inspiring and empowering podcast    Are your kids as anxious as mine about the election? Discussions are happening in the classroom at indy schools, but what can we do at home to re-design a civics lesson gone terribly wrong. Eva Vega-Olds Director of Community & Diversity at the Town […]

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RIISE Above The Rest!

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I had to borrow this quote from my nephew’s t-shirt because it’s in perfect alignment with how RIISE rocks. Having a growth mindset can inspire you to do what most won’t—contemplate and apply for an independent school education. It takes a certain amount of grit to consider and journey through the admission process. Please understand, […]

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Working at an Independent School as a Person of Color

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“Akim St.Omer is a graduate of Prep For Prep, LREI and Boston College who has spent his career working in various educational organizations, from non-profits, universities, charter schools and most recently independent schools. He views his professional and personal work as intersectional. Akim aims to bring diverse perspectives to the table to achieve a more […]

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Open Letter to Educators

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Dr. Starita Boyce Ansari is a philanthropic advisor, and more importantly the mother of a high achieving boy of color attending private school. This heart-wrenching letter to educators is a call to action we hope is answered. Dear Educators, The reflection of my soul is in the lyrics of Sam and Dave “When there is […]

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THREE IMPORTANT THINGS A DAD MUST CONSIDER WHEN APPLYING FOR INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS.

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This RIISE guest blog comes from Saliou Diop, blogger/founder—DaddyGoRound …sometimes it takes a Dad to win over Dad’s who are on the fence! As a dad/parent, choosing a school for your child can be very time consuming as there are a lot of things to think about and consider. From the school’s curriculum to how […]

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