Author Archives: Gina Parker Collins

Students Together Empowering People of Color Successfully

We remember when Horace Mann alumna, Devereaux Mackey, won a school grant to implement her vision for a student resource. “STEPS is everything I never had in middle school and I wanted to create a program where students of color and their families felt supported consistently.” Students Together Empowering People of Color Successfully, has grown […]

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Reviews for (AFRO)DITE: A Black Girls Guide To PWI’s

Click here to purchase {Afro)dite (Afro)dite is not just essential reading for young black girls in predominantly white educational institutions.  If schools are, indeed, committed to the holistic education of all students, Collins’ poetry shows us the radically empathetic vision required to make this an authentic reality.   These are not poems for the faint of heart; they are […]

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Lunch With Gina & Casper talks about racial literacy in curriculum

 If your children are enrolled in independent schools, and as a parent or guardian you are paying attention, then you’re probably advocating for more racial literacy in the curriculum. The importance of racial literacy in our curriculum is the discussion today with Casper Calderola, founder of Pollyanna. There is an essential role in all […]

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We Built. We Belong – Welcome Back Newsletter!

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Thursday Throw Back – End of Summer Indy School Admission Info Session

Thank you, David & Charles, for your expert insight as we approach the independent school admission season! Admission Directors, Charles Guerrero -Ethical Culture Fieldston School, and David Buckwald -Avenues: The World School, will join RIISE founder, Gina Parker Collins and respond to a lightning round of frequently asked admission questions.

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10.20 – SAVE THE DATE- RIISE Fall Boutique Recruitment Event

RSVP- We are here for families of color to increase awareness & have greater access to culturally responsive spaces that acknowledge educational disparities & barriers while affirming cultural capital and entitlement to a good education. And, that’s what you get just by walking in the door at The RIISE Fall Boutique Recruitment Event on 10.20 […]

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A Boarding School Interview: Susan Mantilla-Goin @ Fay School

We’re counting down to RIISEMV19 Events! In anticipation of the first of two – Building Boarding School Networks on August 12 (join us), we checked in with one of our thought-leader panelists, Susan Mantilla-Goin at Fay School in Southborough, CT, located about 90 miles from the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard! RIISE: Susan, how long have […]

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Dear Parents…

“I watched the classroom like I watched the streets because I knew part of the answer was there.” James Baldwin This weekend, I was inspired to respond to a distressing post I was tagged in. For me, it brought the past thirteen years in community with an independent school altogether as would the last piece […]

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May 8 – Navigating The Independent School Process: School Curriculum

  Ever wondered what elevates an independent school education? What does curriculum look like? How rigorous is it? What enrichment opportunities exist? How culturally competent is it? Is it a good fit for your family? Resources In Independent School Education [RIISE], is thrilled to be back with Mocha Moms Brooklyn on May 8, leading a […]

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White Spaces, Black & Brown Faces: Considering rigor & agency in independent schools

Thirteen years later, I regard my experience as a passionate tug of war between privilege and oppression. I grapple with this persistent binary as a parent of children of color in an independent school, and in my work, I am passionate about. As a parent advocate and school advisor, I am often responding to questions […]

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