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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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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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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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