Dr. Raquel Ríos is an educator, learning designer and consultant. She has worked nationally across the US and internationally in Spain, the United Arab Emirates and Puerto Rico. She is the author of Teacher Agency for Equity: A Framework for Conscientious Engagement(Routledge, 2017) and Mindful Practice for Social Justice: A Guide for Educators and Professional Learning Communities (pending publication, Routledge, 2019). Her research interests and scholarship center on language, culture and literacy, social justice pedagogy, instructional leadership and mindfulness. She holds a PhD in Educational Leadership, K-12 from Touro University International, a MS in Elementary Education from Lehman College and a BS in Secondary Foreign Language Education from New York University. Most recently, Dr. Ríos worked at New Teacher Center, a national resource on mentoring and coaching for teacher effectiveness located in Santa Cruz, California. There, she was a key contributor to the redesign of their curriculum and products infusing equity, social-emotional learning and ELA standards-aligned instruction. Dr. Ríos writes and consults on topics related to education and her philosophy of conscientious engagement. She lives in New York with her husband, two children and their fish, Mr. Anderson.