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Spring Open House at an Independent School Near You!

Springtime is the best time to begin to explore an independent school education. Visit our member school’s websites and look for admission events.



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Mocha Moms Brooklyn 

Presents: How to Navigate the Independent School Admission Process

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

6:00 p.m.  –   7:30 p.m.

Moderated by: Gina Parker Collins, Founder, and President of RIISE


Karine Blemur Chapman, Director of Enrollment Management at Brooklyn Friends School

Eisa Ulen Richardson, Brooklyn Friends Parent, Camp Director, Author, and College Professor

Wendy Van Amson, Director, and Co-Founder of Independent School Diversity Network

Terri Decker, Educational Advisor for Smart City Kids

Brooklyn Friends Upper School, 116 Lawrence Street, Brooklyn, New York

Tickets $10.00 per family

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RIISE Parent Power Conference: Is Independent School The Right Fit for Your Family? 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

11:00 am — 3:00 pm

Abyssinian Baptist Church, 132 Odell Clarke Place, Harlem, NY


Springtime is the best time to explore 2018-19 (yes, a year in advance) independent school options. We’re back preparing families of color for the school recruitment cycle that begins this fall.

Find out if it is the right school choice for your family. Meet admission directors. Learn how parents partner for student success while inside independent schools.

Through the lens of equity and inclusion, RIISE continues to create meaningful and intentional spaces for parents and schools to inspire, develop, and clarify recruitment & enrollment. The RIISE Parent Power Conference will do this again on Saturday, April 29.

This year’s keynote speaker is Clinical Psychologist and Course Director of Behavioral Medicine at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Jeffrey Gardere. Also known as “America’s Psychologist”, Dr. Jeff will help our families clarify the benefits and illuminate the challenges of an independent school education.

Register today to engage with great admission directors, educational thought leaders, parents, and workshops. Sponsors: Riverdale Country School & Vibrant Health

Conference updates right here on Eventbrite and when you sign up for Newsletters at Get seen and heard on April 29!



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