Post #6: What We’ve Learned. Parent Development.

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As RIISE celebrates a decade of inspiring families of color to experience an independent school education, post #5: ‘What We’ve Learned’, has gone way back. This 2009, repost reminds parents of color and parents of children of color to show up whenever and however they can in independent school settings.

We know how important parent development and networking can be to an independent school journey. Staying in the loop about what is, and is not going on can be very supportive of children as they achieve academic success in the classroom and as they navigate socializing outside of the classroom.

Get it in where you can fit it in. But, show up. Perhaps, it is attending a presentation with educators on important academic programs or research. Maybe, it is going to a conference like POCC (your school may host you), or regional events like The Young Men of Color Symposium and Young Womyn of Strength Conference. Or, it may mean developing a parent affinity space and attending RIISE events. They are all powerful tools that can share perspectives and add value to the journey and to our schools.

Repost…The People of Color Conference-PoCC, is hosted by NAIS. You know, the National Association of Independent Schools -the folks who provide services and leadership to over 1,500 independent schools in the U.S. Well, they also focus on social justice and equity at independent schools. This year in Denver was PoCC’s 22nd annual conference, and it was absolutely amazing to be among the majority within an independent school environment. In fact, it felt so comfortable and affirming that it was hard to believe that this collective is so individually isolated on a day to day basis at their respective ivy K-12 institutions.

The conference attracts over 2500 faculty, administration, and students (PoCC is co-located with the Student Diversity Leadership Conference). This year in Denver was PoCC’s 22nd annual conference, and it was absolutely amazing to be among the majority within an independent school environment. In fact, it felt so comfortable and affirming that it was hard to believe that this collective is so individually isolated on a day to day basis at their respective ivy institutions.  The conference attracts over 2500 faculty, administration, and students (PoCC is co-located with the Student Diversity Leadership Conference).

So, who is missing? You got it, parents!  There is a very small parent contingency participating in the important work being done at the conference, which is absolutely essential to the well-balanced retention of our families at independent schools. Here are some of the themes of the conference and the workshops that caught RIISE’s attention during the three day conference… (read more)

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