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CANCELLED: Tis the Season for STEAM: Leveraging Technology to Create More Inclusive Classrooms

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 125

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Session description

Explore how to leverage STEAM learning and diverse cultural holidays and celebrations to create impactful units of study that are representative of all students. We'll use this approach to challenge our biases and develop skills to seamlessly embed culturally responsive teaching techniques in our communities and learners.

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this workshop is twofold. 1st to reveal that teacher choice plays a role in the amplifying of some cultures and customs at the expense of other cultures and that teachers can directly address this problem in a way that fits into current standards and is developmentally appropriate.

2nd, to give teachers a clear cut and direct method for introducing this material into the classroom

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3 minutes: Warm up and survey about holidays talked about in school. This helps us develop a shared understanding of which holidays are given preference in schools, which sets up the rationale for this presentation.

5 minutes: I will explain and model the process for developing the inquiry lesson on holidays/ cultural celebrations. I will show participants how I develop the unit using a combination of google slides, and wakelet.

10 minutes: participants will receive a holiday that they will then gather resources for and create a template they could use to create a lesson around it.

10 minutes: participants will then brainstorm activities and products that could be used for a steam connection to the holiday.

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Supporting research

Nganga, L. (2015). Culturally Responsive and Anti-Biased Teaching Benefits Early Childhood Pre-Service Teachers. Journal of Curriculum and Teaching, 4(2), 1-16.

Au, K. H. (2001). Culturally responsive instruction as a dimension of new literacies. Reading Online, 5(1), 1-11.

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Session specifications

Equity and inclusion
Grade level:
Skill level:
Curriculum/district specialists, Principals/head teachers, Teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Windows, Android, iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
Attendees should use the link below on any device to follow along with the presentation.

Subject area:
Social studies, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards:
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.
For Educators:
  • Create learning opportunities that challenge students to use a design process and computational thinking to innovate and solve problems.
Additional detail:
Session will be simulcast live