The 37th Annual Religious and Independent Schools Educators Conference

RISE  2021
November 9-10th

Join your colleagues from across New York State for an online learning event.  For the second year, the RISE Conference will be completely virtual. We understand the unknowns plaguing your work, and we want you to know we are listening!
We are working hard to develop a robust conference experience that is easy to navigate.  We learned from last year, and are planning an even better experience this year. 
Use the boxes below to register, find out about the keynote presentations, watch the welcome video, and see what is happening each day.

Prior to registering for RISE 2021 we recommend:
1. Downloading and Reviewing the Tips Sheet (CLICK HERE)
2. Downloading and Reviewing the Conference Program (CLICK HERE) - you will be asked to pre-register for your PD sessions on the Conference Registration form - BE PREPARED by reading the program prior to registering.

RISE 2021 will be using Zoom as the presenter platform.  You MUST register for the conference and pre-register for PD sessions .  This is required to ensure the security and integrity of sessions.  Please read all directions carefully.

Welcome and Information

2021 sees the 38th Annual RISE Conference being brought to educators virtually.  This conference has long been a tradition in New York State for the educators in the Religious and Independent Schools.  We welcome you to engage in a variety of sessions all aimed at enhancing your knowledge as an educator.  

If you would like to present please complete the proposal form by August 15, 2021 -  

Bookmark this page and check back often.

RISE 2021 Registration

Click here to REGISTER for RISE 2021.  You must register for the conference AND each session you would like to attend.  The conference is free to all educators.  We anticipate the registration link going live the first week of September.  Bookmark this page and check back often.

Keynote Presentations

Tuesday, 11/9, Kim Marshall - drawing on his decades as a teacher, principal, central office administrator, consultant, and writer, lightens the load of busy educators by serving as their "designated reader."

Wednesday, 11/10 Father Joseph Michael McShane SJ is an American Jesuit priest, and President of Fordham University

RISE 2021 is brought to you by NYSCIRS in collaboration with the NYS Education Department and the Professional Development Resource Centers.  Scroll down to find out more information about each center and what resources they can provide you.

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High-quality and capacity-building professional development that promotes academic achievement for all students.

Relevant topics to support the needs of educators in current learning environments.

Holistic approach built on inter-related areas including leadership, pedagogy & curriculum, assessment for learning, learning environment, and student support.

Learn more  - Long Island PDRC

The Long Island PDRC is supported by Catapult Learning.  Read about the Catapult Difference,  our education solutions, and Covid-Recovery programs here.


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Our Mission: 
The NYS/NYC PDRC at Fordham University provides in-person and virtual professional learning opportunities that are differentiated and specifically designed in the context of Religious and Independent Schools.


  • Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) strategies to educate the whole child from PreK to Adolescence.

  • Tools to develop communication competences and social responsibility.

  • A Pedagogy for constructive knowledge, problem-solving, and innovation.

  • Seminars for school, district, and organization leaders to foster leading with presence and the ethic of care.

The NYS/NYC PDRC is supported by Fordham University's Graduate School of Education through the Center for Educational Partnerships.
More information can be found here


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RISE Day #1


Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Keynote Session

Kim Marshall author of the Marshall Memo

Breakout Sessions

RISE Day #2


November 10, 2021

Keynote Session

Father Joseph Michael McShane SJ

Breakout Sessions

2021 RISE

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