Rawlin J. Rosario is a Senior Program Associate for the Culturally Responsive and Equitable Systems team at WestEd. He delivers technical assistance, develops research and evidence-based tools and resources, and provides research and policy support with state, regional, and local education agencies to help build more equitable and culturally responsive systems.
Before joining WestEd, Rawlin was a middle school ELA teacher, instructional coach/leader and administrator in Gaston, North Carolina, New Haven, Connecticut, and The Bronx, New York. In those roles, Rawlin was able to model outstanding culturally responsive instruction and deliver professional development to teachers and staff on instruction, systems change, classroom management, and culturally responsive practices. In addition to his experiences in K12 spaces, Rawlin also contributed to the development and implementation of the New York State Education Department statewide framework for Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education—the first of its kind in the nation.
In 2018, Rawlin earned his master’s degree in educational leadership, policy & advocacy from New York University Steinhardt’s School of Culture, Education and Human Development. As a first-generation college student born in the Dominican Republic, and an English Language learner, Rawlin is motivated to do racial equity work because he believes in the power of creating educational systems that reflect and honor the diversity of the communities they serve. He is dedicated to dismantling racist systems of oppression to ensure our Black and Brown students can discover their best selves and contribute to their communities in the ways they see fit.