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Inclusiveness and Racial Equity Award

RISE was deeply honored to accept the inaugural Inclusiveness and Racial Equity Award that was presented to us at the Colorado Nonprofit Association Awards Luncheon on March 16th. Thank you to The Denver Foundation for sponsoring this inaugural award and acknowledging the racial equity and engagement work that we do with Aurora families to achieve educational equity. Our Co-Founder and CEO, Veronica Palmer, accepted the award on behalf of RISE.

Watch Veronica's acceptance speech here!
A big congratulations and thank you to Aurora families, students, educators, and the RISE team who work alongside one another every day for educational equity!
Family Learning Nights Galore!
Park Lane Kicks Off Family Learning Night Season

RISE started off the month of March with our second Family Learning Night (FLN) at Park Lane Elementary School. Parents and students attended workshops to learn and practice strategies that can be used at home to help their children in areas like writing, literacy, math, and science. Families enjoyed the workshops presented by Park Lane teachers and staff. Great work, Park Lane Elementary!

JCDC Hosts a Double Feature

Jamaica Child Development Center decided to host not one, but TWO Family Learning Nights, one in the evening of March 15th and one on the morning of March 16th to accommodate parents' busy schedules. Preschool parents and students attended workshops together to learn strategies that they can use at home to support academic achievement in writing, vocabulary, creativity, and counting. Kudos to Jamaica for going the extra mile to meet families' needs!

Vega Collegiate Academy Holds Its First FLN!

On March 20th, RISE hosted our first Family Learning Night at Vega Collegiate Academy. Families attended workshops to learn strategies to help their children at home in areas like literacy, reading, questioning, and evidence. Great work, Vega! The families enjoyed the workshops presented by Vega teachers and staff!

Leadership APS
Families took part in Leadership APS this school year. They had the opportunity to hear from Superintendent Munn's leadership team throughout the year regarding the progress of the district. During meetings, families got to ask questions and share feedback. Opportunities like these for families and district officials to interact and engage in discourse with one another are incredibly important. 
Community Organizing
On March 3rd, RISE celebrated the work of the Burmese, Karen, Karenni, and Nepali communities for the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Organizing Coalition. The families of Aurora have worked hard for language and translation services in APS. Thank you to APS Chief Communications Officer, Patti Moon and Language Services Coordinator, Efren Ortiz who have been collaborating with parents and students to co-create materials to improve interpretation and translation services for APS families. RISE Parent Leaders and students enjoyed celebrating along with Patti and Efren.
Teach For America Conference
CEO Veronica Palmer had the opportunity to speak at the 6th Annual School Leaders of Color Conference hosted by Teach For America. She was the opening speaker for the afternoon plenary. She spoke about the importance of those most impacted by educational inequity, low-income families and families of color, leading the movement for educational equity. Veronica encouraged the school leaders of color to ensure families have decision making power and leadership opportunities within their schools and to always see families as assets.
Latina Empowerment at Northglenn Middle School

Last week  CEO Veronica Palmer, and Community Organizers Valeria Contreras and Jocelyne Garcia visited Las Mariposas, a Latina Empowerment club at Northglenn Middle School. They spoke about the importance of names, the correct pronunciation of their beautiful names, and their identities. They had an incredible time getting to share their experiences as Latinas with these young women as well as getting to hear their experiences. Thank you to Vice Principal, Teresa Barajas, for inviting us!

RISE in the News
Colorado Nonprofit Association
Award for Inclusiveness & Racial Equity

Thank you to the Colorado Nonprofit Association and The Denver Foundation for selecting RISE Colorado as the recipient of the 2018 Inclusiveness and Racial Equity Award. Thank you for recognizing our work to ensure all students and families have equal access to the excellent education they deserve.

Denver Foundation Interviews RISE for Podcast

The Denver Foundation Director of Leadership & Equity, LaDawn Sullivan, sat down with our CEO and Co-Founder, Veronica Palmer, for their Floodlight Podcast. Veronica speaks about the work that RISE does with Aurora families and why it is important. The Denver Foundation also highlighted RISE's work in their March Newsletter.

Listen to the full podcast here!
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