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Anchored in Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice: PBL and STEAM for Everyone

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Participate and share : Poster

Sunday, November 29, 8:00–9:00 am PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Dr. Acacia Warren  
How do we use PBL and STEAM to transform pedagogical spaces? By having students study topics that are engaging, relevant, and profound. Learn innovative ways to teach about equity, inclusion, and social justice. Participants will access sample interdisciplinary units, PBL/STEAM resources, and templates from a PBL curriculum.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Participants will access several digital resources during the presentation. As long as they have access to wifi and a digital device to work from, they are set.
Topic: Project-, problem- & challenge-based learning
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
For Students:
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions.
For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Support educators in using technology to advance learning that meets the diverse learning, cultural, and social-emotional needs of individual students.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Three fundamental questions are addressed: 1) Why does equity, inclusion, and social justice matter in the context of teaching and learning? 2) What defines a modern educational experience? and 3) What do we want students to be like when they become adults? This session equips educators with the pedagogical tools to foster 21st century skill sets, make learning cultural, applicable and relevant beyond the classroom, and develop student capacity as action researchers in a digital age.

Educators will access sample PBL/STEAM units, a shared STEAM Google folder, PBL/STEAM articles, and other online resources that integrate equity, inclusion, and social justice. They will use the resources provided to brainstorm different ways to apply and transfer this knowledge back at their school site.

Evidence of Success:
Educators attending this session will walk away with an eclectic range of ideas, tips, and strategies for advancing equity, inclusion, and social justice through PBL and STEAM. The +1 Pedagogy PBL framework is currently implemented in parts of Canada, Japan, China, India, and several schools across the United States.

Supporting research

UC Irvine Teacher Academy Newsletter Article (February 2020):
Project-Based Learning for Any Topic in Any Discipline: A New Vision for Teaching and Learning

PBL Institute for Educators (UC Irvine)

Warren, A. (2019). Cognitive upgrade: An educator's guide for shaping success. San Bernardino, CA: Kindle Direct Publishing.

Warren, A. (2016). Project-based learning across the disciplines: Plan, manage, and assess through +1 Pedagogy. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin

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Dr. Acacia Warren, University of California, Irvine

Dr. Acacia M. Warren is currently a Single Subject Coordinator for UC Irvine's Master of Arts in Teaching Program. She is a former K-12 teacher, coordinator, and administrator. Dr. Warren has presented her research on PBL and STEAM at multiple local and national conferences. She enjoys inspiring and resourcing educators with tools that elicit success in schools. Dr. Warren is the author of two books and the creator of +1 Pedagogy and Cognitive Upgrade. She received her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California. She can be reached through her educational website at

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