In honor of Black History Month, RISE is honoring and highlighting the many Black leaders whose shoulders we stand on in our own work in our community. These are leaders who are making or who have made enormous, important, and lasting impact all around the world — leaders who inspire us everyday! We truly do stand on the shoulders of giants. See below a few leaders who we've highlighted so far (click to open a larger version of each image), but please head to our Facebook page for a comprehensive list.
APS Continues to Recognize RISE Family Leaders' Resolution to Support Students Regardless of Documentation Status
It's great to see Aurora Public Schools continuing to recognize and value the 2017 Community Written and Led Resolution to Support Students Regardless of Documentation Status. On the APS website, they recently highlighted the Resolution through a banner letting students know that APS schools are welcoming to ALL students. In 2017, RISE Family Leaders organized and activated the community to ensure that all students and families feel safe and welcome going to school. Family Leaders are creating and sustaining systemic change - they are perfect examples of what's possible in the Family-Led Movement for Educational Equity!
We're proud to see Family Leaders continuing the legacy of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement in our very own Aurora community!
Complete the Census at our Office!
We believe the Census is a key element in ensuring that we have the resources we need in local education. For all students to receive the excellent education they deserve, it is important that everyone is counted. The Census informs distribution of funds for Title I Grants, Special Education Programs, and Free and Reduced Lunch. RISE's participation in the Census is one of the ways we are contributing to educational equity in Aurora and Colorado.
RISE Engages with Academia in Denver and Chicago
This month, RISE Co-Founder & CEO Veronica Crespin-Palmer has had the opportunity to present about our work and bring the RISE perspective to two important spaces: the University of Denver's College Access Working Group, and the Equitable Learning & Development Project, a collaborative effort between the University of Chicago's Consortium on School Research, CASEL, and the National Equity Project. See below for some highlights from each presentation!
RISE Co-Founder & CEO presenting to the University of Denver's College Access Working Group around the importance of family engagement. She spoke on the barriers families face when transitioning to higher education, as well as the tremendous assets diverse communities offer. The discussion was fruitful and we are thrilled to build constructive relationships with our local universities!
Pictured here in Chicago to participate in the Equitable Learning & Development Project, a collaborative effort between the University of Chicago’s Consortium on School Research, CASEL, and the National Equity Project. The endeavor brings together national student and adult leaders to create tools that integrate social, emotional, and academic development with an explicit equity lens. It models an inclusive process for understanding the experiences of students and families within the current educational system and designing solutions grounded in that understanding.
RISE Family & Student Leader Updates
The RISE team is continuing our work to Educate, Engage, and Empower more Aurora Families. Check out photos below from some of our most recent workshops and events!
RISE Colorado Community Organizers Saba Teklu and Elizabeth Casillas lead a presentation at the Altura Boys and Girls Club on the importance of taking the Census. RISE has been presenting in schools all over Aurora for the past month, and will continue presenting for students and families alike in coming weeks.
Families from the Aurora community gather at the RISE office for a Parent Opportunity Gap Workshop.
RISE Colorado Community Organizer Saba Teklu works with a group of students at Lyn Knoll Elementary School during a session that is part of the Young Men of Color Collective Impact Project with Aurora Public Schools.