Monthly Archives: April 2013

Walk the Talk – Anti-Bias, Anti-Bullying Program

Attention: Parents of 6th & 7th graders. RIISE met Prepare Inc at a recent Border Crossers Workshop at The Ideal School. Thanks Karen, for sharing.   Walk the Talk – Anti-Bias, Anti-Bullying Program Description Walk the Talk participants learn to speak up and take action against bias, social cruelty, bullying, and exclusion. The Walk the Talk curriculum […]

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Calhoun’s Neighborhood Spring Social – Morningside Park May 11

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Grand Slam – Justin Aguirre!

Got to give him his props! Justin Aguirre is just about to graduate from Riverdale’s Lower School and plays baseball for The Exclusives, sponsored by Sotheby’s. In addition to moving up to the middle school, Justin has something else to brag about. And, if he doesn’t, trust me his mom, my girl, Gina A., will! […]

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Join the Celebration! RIISE Community Partner Award @ Border Crossers Springtime Gala 5/7

So RIISE is being recognized as a Community Partner! Wow! So cool. You just do what you do, and hope is supports at least one person. So it is rather strange to be recognized by an organization that is as bold and essential in education as Border Crossers. We are even mentioned in a recent […]

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Three Things I Loved About the Diversity Conf RCS Sent Me To

Thank you Elon for getting this done. I know you have a lot on your plate. RIISE appreciates your commitment to share experiences and best practices from a student perspective. Elon goes to Riverdale and is finishing up 6th grade.  She attended the Diversity Leadership Conference in Philadelphia at The Haverford School. Proud of that […]

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Diversity=Team @ Horace Mann

Pat Zuroski and Markell Parker head up the Office of Diversity at Horace Mann, but they are not alone in making the community equitable, vibrant, inclusive, empathetic, and diverse. They have the support of and receive feedback from administrators, faculty, and most importantly, parents. As a parent at HM you have the opportunity to find […]

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Parent Power @ Columbia Grammar & Prep School – Ebony Tyler

RIISE member mom, Ebony Tyler, was kind enough to give feedback about how she builds bridges in the independent school community. Here, Ebony reacts to her school, CGPS’ recent RIISE School Membership and her expectations around that; shares how she supports her boys through enrichment and how she works to stay involved; and last, but […]

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RIISE Private Screening American Promise

Folks are still mentioning the awesome panel from the RIISE Town Hall-Admitted & Successful, hosted by Horace Mann this past December. One of the panelists was Michéle Stephenson, the other half of the filmmaking duo whose documentary American Promise has received critical acclaim (Sundace, POV). The documentary will have it’s theatrical release this fall but, spring has […]

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5th Annual Hilltop Diversity Conference Today – V.O.I.C.E. Tonight!!!

  My daughter was super eager to get this unique day rolling, and here is why. A recent note from her head of middle school… This year, Fieldston Middle is hosting the 5th Annual Hilltop Diversity Conference on Tuesday, April 23rd. In addition to including Horace Mann and Riverdale, the conference includes a partnership with three local public schools: Riverdale-Kingsbridge Academy, In Tech Academy, and Tech […]

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5 Easy Steps to Make Your Child’s Independent School Experience a Good One!

RIISE thanks Samantha Osborne for sharing, from an alum perspective, wonderful & wise tips on parenting powerfully at an independent school. A must read!!! But, more on Samantha first… Samantha grew up in Brooklyn with her Guyanese parents.  She attended the Birch Wathen Lenox School for 13 years and recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania […]

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