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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Rodolfo Morales

Rodolfo Morales


A lifelong Boston resident, Rodolfo is committed to increasing equity for all students in the Boston public school system. He is principal of the Phineas Bates Elementary School, where he works to strengthen inclusive and culturally responsive practices. He credits being a learner of English as a second language for much of his professional success as a bilingual educator. He began his career in 2011, in a dual-language Spanish fourth-grade classroom. Rodolfo is working to earn a doctorate in district-level administration from Boston College.  

“‘Ceding power’ is something I’ve been reflecting on, particularly after reading about antipodes to white supremacy culture. My hopes are to bring my authentic self and learn from other council members and project applicants. I also, of course, hope the work we do will directly impact students in a way that increases equity.”