Black History Month at RISE: Celebrating our Experiences
Connecticut Rise Network Blog
by lchristiani
1w ago
RISE is excited to celebrate Black History Month! Black History Month is a celebration of the many ways Black Americans have contributed to the success of our nation and our organization. It is a time to honor the contributions, resilience, and achievements of Black individuals throughout history and to celebrate the vibrant culture that continues to shape our world today. We invite you to celebrate Black History Month 2024 with us by reading this blog. As we celebrate Black History Month at RISE we honor that Black culture is as diverse as it is vibrant, encompassing a rich tapestry of tradi ..read more
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Preparing for PACT: How Schools Can Support Two-Year College-Bound Students
Connecticut Rise Network Blog
by lchristiani
2w ago
At RISE, a strong focus on data drives our continuous improvement efforts. In partnership with our core Network schools, we prioritize regularly reviewing postsecondary data to identify student trends and respond to their needs. During our Summer Melt campaign, which assists graduated seniors by sending key text message reminders, a need has been identified to provide timely and targeted support for two-year college-bound students.  This past summer, nearly 60 percent of two-year college-bound students responded to at least one Summer Melt text message offering support. The most frequent ..read more
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Summer in February: Summer Academy Students Making Gains with Early Applications
Connecticut Rise Network Blog
by lchristiani
2w ago
This past summer, more than 500 rising seniors participated in a Summer Academy at one of our nine Core Network schools. Guided by dedicated counselors and teachers, these students achieved significant milestones on their journeys toward college. They successfully tackled crucial tasks such as finalizing their college lists, completing the common application, developing essays, creating FSA IDs, and more! When summer academies concluded and the school year began, the momentum continued as educators provided ongoing direct support and follow-ups to students. Behind the scenes, Grade 12 Teams ut ..read more
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Student Experience Comes Full Circle in Future Forward Friends Mentoring Program
Connecticut Rise Network Blog
by lchristiani
1M ago
The high school transition can be challenging for freshmen. Learning a new building, a new school culture, making friends, and adjusting to academics can be intimidating. At Westhill High School in Stamford, the Future Forward Friends peer-to-peer mentoring program aims to support freshmen by providing resources and encouragement to help them navigate their first year of high school.  RISE’s Khanisha Moore works at Westhill as a Senior On-Track Coach (OTC). OTCs are youth development professionals who serve as advocates for a targeted caseload of up to 60 Grade 9 students, for whom they ..read more
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Mentorship Program Provides Community, Guidance for New OTCs
Connecticut Rise Network Blog
by lchristiani
1M ago
On-Track Coaches (OTCs) are youth development professionals who serve as advocates for a targeted group of up to 60 Grade 9 students, for whom they provide deep and sustained support. The OTC position can look different depending on school level needs (some OTCs function as teachers or counselors, others are part of the RISE Network team) but all maintain the critical focus of supporting Grade 9 students’ success in high school. At RISE, Senior On-Track Coach Sharina Jimenez leads a mentoring program to connect school partner OTCs in their first or second year of this position with veteran RIS ..read more
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Educator Spotlight: Sharina Jimenez
Connecticut Rise Network Blog
by lchristiani
1M ago
Throughout the year, RISE will be shining a light on some of the many talented educators we partner with to achieve our mission of ensuring all students graduate with a plan and the skills and confidence to achieve college and career success. This month we learn more about Sharina Jimenez, RISE Senior On-Track Coach for Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk. Q: What led you to get into the field of education? A: While I always dressed up as a teacher for career day growing up, I was never sure why I wanted to pursue this career. Once I got to college and took my first Human Development class ..read more
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Spotlight on Continuous Improvement: OTC Student Surveys
Connecticut Rise Network Blog
by lchristiani
3M ago
As a network, we are committed to continuous improvement. Collectively, we seek to refine our efforts based on new data, learning, and needs. This month, we are sharing a blog series focused on continuous improvement through the lens of our Grade 9 and postsecondary work. We conclude our series by exploring how On-Track Coach student caseload surveys inform strategy and practice.  Throughout the academic year, the RISE Applied Data & Research Team (ADRT), which works to promote meaningful data use, collaborates with program teams and school partners to administer student surveys. ADRT ..read more
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Spotlight on Continuous Improvement: Extended Day Programming
Connecticut Rise Network Blog
by lchristiani
3M ago
As a network, we are committed to continuous improvement. Collectively, we seek to refine our efforts based on new data, learning, and needs. This month, we are sharing a blog series focused on continuous improvement through the lens of our Grade 9 and Postsecondary work. Here, we focus on Extended Day Programming, showcasing bright spots from Naugatuck and Maloney High School.  In a blog post last spring, we introduced Extended Day Programming (EDP) as a powerful change idea and the continuous improvement focus of the RISE Freshman Success Team (FST) for 2022-23. This network-wide strate ..read more
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Educator Spotlight: Marie Brown-Harvey
Connecticut Rise Network Blog
by lchristiani
3M ago
Throughout the year, RISE will be shining a light on some of the many talented educators we partner with to achieve our mission of ensuring all students graduate with a plan and the skills and confidence to achieve college and career success. This month we learn more about Marie Brown-Harvey, College and Career Coordinator at East Hartford High School. Q: Tell us about yourself. What are some fun facts we should know about you? A: I’m married, with one son, and reside in Windsor. I Teach Sunday School and serve as head of the youth ministry, and in my spare time, I enjoy baking, cooking ..read more
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Engagement Team Expands RISE’s Impact in Connecticut and Beyond
Connecticut Rise Network Blog
by lchristiani
4M ago
Through our core and most comprehensive network of schools, RISE has piloted many promising practices that have led to improved student outcomes. As our strategies have proven to have a measurable and lasting positive impact on our core network over the past few years, our Engagement team has led the charge of scaling our approach to more schools and districts in new communities in exciting ways.  Get to know this innovative and collaborative team and learn more about how they are partnering with an ever-growing number of schools in Connecticut and beyond. Q: When did you join the RISE t ..read more
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