Dr. Raquel Ríos is an educator, learning designer, consultant and 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 (Routledge, 2019). She has worked nationally in the United States and Puerto Rico and internationally in Spain and the United Arab Emirates. Her research and scholarship center on language and culture, critical literacy, social justice pedagogy, instructional leadership and mindfulness. 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 involved in the independent study of mindfulness meditation for 8 years, integrating a wide range of traditions and philosophies into her life, work and teachings. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.