Dr. Raquel Ríos is an educator, writer and learning designer. She has worked nationally in the United States 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 and scholarship centers on mindfulness meditation, language and culture, literacy, social justice pedagogy, and leadership. She holds a PhD in Educational Leadership, K-12, a MS in Elementary Education and a BS in Secondary Foreign Language Education. 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 has been deepening her engagement and independent study of mindfulness meditation for 8 years, integrating a wide range of traditions and philosophies into her work and teachings. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.