Rocio Raña

Dr. Rocío Raña is the co-founder & CEO of LangInnov, an equity-centered technology company focused on improving educational outcomes for bilingual Latinx children. LangInnov’s first product, the BLAST mobile app (, is a bilingual literacy assessment that helps educators make informed placement and instructional decisions, reduce the number of multilingual learners misplaced in special education, and accelerate literacy development. Dr. Raña’s inspiration for this project comes from her experience with her own children who were born in the U.S. and grew up speaking Spanish at home. When they started school, they faced many challenges because schools didn’t have adequate tools to assess bilingual children. She created this project to address the need for educational equity for Latinx bilinguals. Dr. Raña has received awards from the National Science Foundation and NewSchools Venture Fund. Currently, she is looking to positively impact the life of more bilingual Latinx children by expanding the network of schools and families that already use the BLAST app.