Racial Equity Council

Through the Racial Equity investment area, NewSchools is investing $1.5 million in innovators with bold ideas to alleviate racial inequities in education. Instead of a traditional grantmaking approach, this is the council, comprised of parents, students, and education innovators, making the decisions.

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Cynthia Robinson-Rivers

Cynthia Robinson-Rivers

School Leader

Cynthia Robinson-Rivers is the Head of School at Van Ness Elementary in Washington, D.C., where she and her staff are successfully implementing a maker-centered approach to instruction that emphasizes socio-emotional learning. Before coming to Van Ness, Cynthia directed teacher retention and recognition for the District of Columbia Public Schools and prior to that, led the district’s master educator program during the inaugural year of its teacher evaluation system. Cynthia holds a B.A. in Communication and Art from Stanford University, M.A. in Education from George Washington University, and an Executive Master’s in Leadership from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.