Author Zaretta Hammond to Keynote PBL World 2020 in June

Hammond brings expertise in Culturally Responsive Teaching to premier conference on Project-Based Learning

Novato, CA (March 3, 2020) – PBLWorks, the leading provider of professional development for high-quality Project-Based Learning (PBL), is thrilled to announce Zaretta Hammond will keynote its annual PBL World conference this June. Hammond, a nationally-recognized consultant and author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain, will challenge and inspire the audience, and discuss PBL as a strategy for educational equity.

PBL World 2020 takes place June 16-18, 2020, in Napa Valley, CA.  To register, visit

“We believe that PBL can serve as a powerful tool to disrupt racial inequities and allow students to develop both the academic knowledge and success skills they’ll need to succeed in college and careers,” said Bob Lenz, CEO of PBLWorks. “Zaretta’s work in the area of Culturally Responsive Teaching has influenced the work we do with teachers and leaders around equity and we’re excited to welcome her as our keynote speaker.”

Hammond, a former classroom English teacher, has been doing instructional design, school coaching, and professional development at the intersection of equity, literacy, and culturally responsive teaching for the past 18 years. She is passionate about culturally responsive teaching as a way to help educators close opportunity and learning gaps for under-served students.

“You cannot call yourself a ‘culturally responsive educator’ if your purpose is to raise test scores rather than to liberate young people’s spirits and ignite their intellectual curiosity,” she said.

About PBL World

Now in its ninth year, PBL World brings together more than 1,400 K-12 teachers, instructional coaches, and school and district administrators for three days of immersive workshops based on the PBLWorks model for Gold Standard PBL. Workshops are designed for educators who are ready to start their PBL journey, or who want to advance their practice.

PBL World is known for its highly collaborative environment. It attracts a vibrant community of educators, who engage in deep, focused work together.  The conference also offers thought-provoking keynotes from PBL leaders and student speakers.

About PBLWorks

PBLWorks (the brand name of the Buck Institute for Education) believes that all students – no matter where they live or what their background – should have access to quality Project Based Learning to deepen their learning and achieve success in college, career, and life. Our focus is on building the capacity of teachers to design and facilitate quality Project Based Learning, and on supporting school and system leaders in creating the conditions for these teachers to succeed with all students. For more information, visit

The American Consortium for Equity in Education, publisher of the "Equity & Access" journal, celebrates and connects the educators, associations, community partners and industry leaders who are working to solve problems and create a more equitable environment for historically underserved pre K-12 students throughout the United States.

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