Dear Creating Balance friends and colleagues,

We are excited to announce that the next Creating Balance in an Unjust World Conference will broaden its focus to STEAMM education and social justice. (STEAMM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, and Making.) The conference will take place January 12-14th, 2018 at Mission High School in San Francisco, CA.

The theme of the 2018 conference is “Decolonizing STEAMM Education.” Decolonizing STEAMM refers to empowering students by normalizing approaches, theories, teaching practices and curricula historically deemed abnormal by the dominant paradigm. Dominant STEAMM ideologies and practices have been used to maintain power hierarchies (related to race, gender identities, patriarchy, etc.) Therefore, this conference aims to disrupt and dismantle these forms of educational and structural oppression. How can STEAMM be used to dismantle hegemony, white supremacy, patriarchy, and systems of oppression? How can STEAMM be used to empower students to critically analyze and change the world around them? What pedagogical practices, lessons, activities, projects can you share with conference participants that you have used in your math, science, computer science, engineering, maker space, STEAMM-related classrooms that empower students and teachers to reframe and reclaim STEAMM for the people?

The request for proposals is here at this link: The Rubric that will be used to evaluate sessions and a Sample Proposal are linked below and are available at our website

Sample Proposal | RFP Rubric

Proposal summaries (your contact information and answers to numbers 1-2) are due June 17, 2017. The full workshop proposals are due July 1, 2017. Return to your application and answer questions 3 through 10. With the google form you may edit it after you submit it. Or you may submit a full new proposal with answers 1-10. Note that you may still submit your full proposal by July 1st even if you did not submit a summary. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to us at

Thank you!

Amreen, Carolee, Geoffrey, Kari, Mike, Salina, Taica, and Tol (The 2018 Creating Balance organizing team)