Category Archives: Uncategorized

Square Peg, Round Hole: enrollment and independent school fit

Untitled 1

  There’s not one email from my head of school that I won’t open. He is innovative and I appreciate his leadership style. His most recent communication was an invitation for families to re-enroll. The invitation declared the school’s recommitment to the ongoing success of the educational program, as well as empathy for the sacrifices […]

Also posted in admissions, enrollment, Frontpage | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

A Few Things To Do Now That Admissions Is Closing

BM5_0251

So what should applicants do and not do? We caught up briefly with Jenna King, admissions director at Riverdale Country School and asked her to share some of her insight… What should parents/applicants be focusing on now? research follow up questions now to prepare for offers i.e., transportation, after-school programs don’t get too focused on […]

Also posted in Frontpage | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Monkey, Better Known as MONKADEE

Screen Shot 2018-01-16 at 3.10.27 PM

A favorite of her toddler years, brown limbs flopping as she held it tightly around the mid-section, she affectionately called it ‘Monkadee’. I had no reason to question my daughter’s choice of a Lovie because for her it was everything comfy and cute. However, I would have had a reason to question dressing her in […]

Also posted in Frontpage | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New Year & New Lunch With Gina

Screen Shot 2018-01-09 at 1.46.32 PM

The response to the upcoming NYC Book Discussion & Signing has been incredible. If you are a parent, educator, administrator, or organization and you care about black boys you need to get the book The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys, and if in the NY area join us on 1/23 for discussion […]

Also posted in Frontpage | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The Point of It All

LOW RES photos NOT FOR PRINT RIISE - 73

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 […]

Also posted in Frontpage | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

{S.O.S.} Self. Others. Surroundings. @ Town.

image2-2

  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 […]

Also posted in Frontpage | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Parent Pathways: Why & How To Create Them

image1-3

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 […]

Also posted in Frontpage | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Women Who Lead In Independent Schools

Léman Fearless Girls!

  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 […]

Also posted in Frontpage | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

You’ve Gotta BELIEVE—Awaiting the Decision

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 […]

Also posted in Frontpage | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lunch With Gina—That Girl, Sydney Robertson

Screen Shot 2017-01-13 at 8.04.48 PM

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 […]

Also posted in Frontpage | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Response