Mindful Practice for Social Justice: A Guide for Educators and Professional Learning Communities, Routledge, 2019.
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“As educators we are always looking for ways to connect with our students, to promote a format to help them understand what social justice is. It is also important to help students understand what “self awareness” is. Dr. Rios’ new book is an excellent start in that direction. Enjoyable reading with excellent activities and exercises to move in that direction. Highly recommend this book for anyone that is interested in learning about mindfulness and its application to social justice.”-–Mary G. Mayorga, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Belmont University, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program
“A compelling and accessible guide for anyone seeking to take a deeper look into their self-actualization and social transformation…Dr. Ríos reminds us to assess our implicit biases and positions of power to ultimately disrupt inequities in our classrooms.”–Sheldon L. Eakins, host of the Leading Equity Podcast
“‘How can we shift a group out of that feeling of powerlessness?’ Dr. Raquel Rios poignantly asks. Recognizing that personal well-being depends on societal well-being, she presents practical strategies that prompt educators to bring mindfulness and social justice into their everyday practice. If you are ready to do the “inner,” “outer,” and “soul” work outlined in her book, you may find yourself initially exploring your identity, culture, and purpose through contemplation, yoga, and even acting. However, Rios’s exercises move far beyond the personal, leading you to greater awareness of power dynamics and systems. You will learn to how to practice mindful inquiry with your colleagues as well as strategies for freeing up and channeling group energy for the good. This is a resource that will nourish your spirit, enhance your collegial relationships, and inspire more committed action for social transformation.”–Dr. Amy L. Eva, Associate Education Director, Greater Good Science Center,University of California, Berkeley
This book is designed to help you bring mindfulness and social justice to the forefront of your education practice so you can work toward self-actualization and social transformation. This creative and innovative professional learning guide offers educators and professional learning communities instructional practices, coaching strategies, and implementation tools to help activate mind, body, and spirit on your journey to making real changes in your school and classroom.
- Chapter One: You Are Either Magical or You Are Not explains the importance of realizing one’s powers and how power increases when we discover its purpose and utility in society.
- Chapter Two: Three Domains of Peak Learning introduces you to the three domains of Peak Learning Experience (Personal, Social and Transpersonal) that lead to the targeted practices of Authentic Presence, Freedom and Emergence and discusses how bias can limit our ability to see the truth in people and situations.
- Chapters Three through Five delve into each domain, offering strategies, activities, reflection questions, and application to practice tools.
Authentic Presence: Personal Awareness & Self-Mastery
Freedom: Social Awareness & Adaptability
Emergence: Transpersonal Awareness & Agency
Chapter Six: The Unicorn Point discusses the importance of building the right team and the need to change how we recruit talent if we want to innovate our profession.
With the powerful reflection tools and activities in this book, you and your teams will feel more equipped and supported on your path toward mindfulness, social justice and change in education.
Teacher Agency for Equity: A Framework for Conscientious Engagement, Routledge, 2017. Purchase directly
This book provides educators with a conceptual framework to explore and develop authenticity and agency for equity. In response to growing cynicism within the field of education, Raquel Ríos argues that in order to become authentic agents of change, teachers must take a stance of mindful inquiry and examine the role of a teacher within the broader socio-political context. By utilizing the six principles of Conscientious Engagement, teachers can expand their awareness of the power of language and thought, the complex nature our professional relationships and how we channel energy in ways that can impede or strengthen our work for equity. Full of real world stories and input from practitioners in the field, this book helps teachers of all levels develop the skills and confidence to grapple with tough philosophical and ethical questions related to social justice and equity, such as:
What is poverty consciousness and what responsibility do we owe students who come from poorer communities?
How does racist ideology impact our thinking and practice in education?
How can we tap into an evolutionary consciousness and collective purpose in order to transform how we advocate for equity?
How can we expand our professional network for the integration of new ideas?
How can teachers really make a difference that matters, a difference that extends beyond the four walls of the classroom?
“In this important new book Raquel Rios demonstrates what teachers can do to further equity in the educational experiences of their students. Her ideas are practical and her analysis of the possibilities is insightful and thought provoking. For teachers who seek to make a difference this book will be a source of hope and inspiration.”—Pedro A. Noguera, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Education, UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies
“With the forces promoting corporate school reform projecting outsized power through their big megaphones, Raquel Rios performs an essential challenge, reminding us that education is a universally recognized human right and, at its best, an enterprise geared toward enlightenment, liberation, and the full development of the human personality—mind and heart, body and spirit. Drawing on a lifetime of experience, Rios urges us to expand our critical capacities as we fight for equity, justice, and an education worthy of free people.”—William Ayers is a former Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago
“No matter what we teach or who we teach, we will find great value in the art, the spirit, the healing nature of Teacher Agency for Equity. The practicality of Rios’ work about establishing equity and justice in schools and the community is equally admirable and useful for teachers and teachers of teachers. Rios’ insightful questions at the end of each chapter challenge the reader to internalize the abstract concepts and stories within the book and particularize those into engagement with students, parents, schools and communities. But more important is Rios’ deep understanding that the wisdom in every community and classroom comes from the experiences and the genius of those at the bottom, not the gurus at the top. This consciousness, developed from her own diverse experiences, is congruent with the core beliefs of the long struggle of humans to be free. Her words and beliefs channel those of Civil Rights icons like Ella Baker, Fannie Lou Hamer, Vincent Harding, and Bob Moses.”—Joan T. Wynne, PhD/writer/educator, Miami Algebra Project Council