Rosario Quiroz Villarreal

Guest Blogger

Policy Entrepreneur

New York City, New York

Rosario Quiroz Villarreal is a policy entrepreneur at the Next100, a startup think-tank for progressive policy. She is committed to increasing educational equity for immigrant students and students of color.

Growing up as an undocumented immigrant, Rosario understood that the sacrifices her parents made in moving to a new country were centered around securing better opportunities for the future, and that education could provide a pathway towards a choice-filled life. However, as she got older, she recognized that while education was certainly filled with opportunities, particular populations were constantly excluded.

Her work focuses on creating more culturally-inclusive classrooms and curriculum, promoting effective restorative justice practice to interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline and protecting the rights and access to education of immigrant students.

Rosario has worked on social justice issues and with youth throughout her career through the Boys and Girls Club of Henderson County, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and Momentum Alliance. She spent the past five years as a bilingual educator, teaching in public and charter school settings in Texas and New York.


Posted June 18, 2020

Let’s Make America More Just for Our Immigrant Students and Families

When we think of education equity, we typically think of issues along the lines of traditional opportunity gaps disproportionately affecting…

By Rosario Quiroz Villarreal

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Posted Aug. 8, 2019

When a Student Says, ‘The President Is Going to Take My Parents Away’

In my fourth-grade classroom in Houston, Texas, the morning after Election Day 2016 was quiet. As students filed into the…

By Rosario Quiroz Villarreal

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

When Charters Grow From Communities, They Can and Do Increase Equity

BES (Build, Excel, Sustain) started its Fellowship program 20 years ago to support school leaders with the preparation and professional development they needed to design,…

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

The Gifted and Talented Debates Aren’t About Rigor, They’re About Access

An interesting, complicated, and rather polarizing trend is going around in American education, and it has to do with special admission schools and the designation…

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Posted Nov. 30, 2021

Principals Must Be Hope Dealers In Schools and Communities

During a recent conversation, Murleen Coakley, principal of Greenfield Union in the Detroit Public Schools Community District, reminded me how much being a great principal…

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