Women Who Lead In Independent Schools


RIISE HOS Podcast Series: Meet Léman Manhattan Preparatory School’s, Maria Castelluccio!

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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 communication with parents, educational innovation, fundraising, facilities management, school policies, accreditations, and more.

If you are a prospective or enrolled parent you should get to know the head of school. They are among the many important partnerships you have in educating your child at an independent school. Don’t underestimate the value of their vision and capability in creating ways for communities to thrive in both equitable and inclusive ways.

So, we love it when our heads of school introduce themselves to the RIISE Network! Do you know HOS, Maria Castelluccio? Join this podcast as we learn about Léman, what Head of School means to Maria, what an IB diploma is all about, what global leadership looks like, along with the benefits of equitable and inclusive school communities.

Click here to meet more Heads of School!


Lunch with Gina: Shanelle Henry Robinson—Institute for Teaching

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Another dynamic woman leads at one of our member independent schools, Shanelle Henry Robinson, Director of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Friends Academy on Long Island. Shanelle’s professional purpose digs deep offering educators opportunities for valuable leadership development with the 3rd Annual Institute for Teaching Diversity and Social Justice: June 20-23, 2017. 

“The Institute is designed to support educators of all types in their development of racial proficiency, culturally aware pedagogy and intersectionality – the theory of how different types of identity and discrimination interact. Participants will learn to address such critical issues as implicit bias, privilege, and manifestations of prejudice at several levels: interpersonally, culturally, and institutionally.”

Both parents and schools have expressed the importance of cultural competency in the classroom. Let’s spread the word about The Institute! General registration ends May 31st. Click here to register: http://www.nysais.org/page.cfm?id=3094&start=06/03/2017&verbose=14944


Lunch With Gina: Alex Whelehan, Director of Admissions & Marketing, East Woods School

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Back on Long Island, Director of Admissions & Marketing—Alex Whelehan and East Woods School joins RIISE as our newest member school! We are excited about partnering with and sharing this school community, a Nursery-Grade 8, co-educational independent school in Oyster Bay, LI.

The East Woods community is challenging the status quo by actively recognizing the value, resources, and innovation an equitable and inclusive environment offers students as the next generation of global citizens who lead with empathetic intelligence.

As many indy schools finish and begin again another admission cycle, Alex talks about acceptance notifications, what rolling admission means at East Woods, attracting and retaining families of color, and your next moves in finding the right school community.



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