Acacia M. Warren, Ed.D.

  • Ed.D., Educational Leadership
    University of Southern California
    Concentration: Teacher Education in Multicultural Societies (TEMS)
  • Administrative Services Credential
    Brandman University (UMass Global)
  • M.A., Educational Administration
    California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • M.A., Education and Teaching Credential
    University of California, Berkeley
  • B.A., Liberal Studies
    University of California, Riverside
  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Managing Director, UCLA Prison Education Program
  • University of California, Irvine (UCI)
    Single Subject Program Coordinator, Master of Arts in Teaching and Credential Program
  • California State University, Dominguez Hills
    Adjunct Faculty for Teacher Education Program
  • Los Angeles Unified School District
    Teacher (elementary and middle school), Data Coach, RtI Expert, GATE Coordinator, Common Core Fellow and Facilitator, Assistant Principal (middle school), and District Administrator
  • Oakland Unified School District
    Teacher (elementary school)
  • Google Apps For Educators (GAFE)
  • Google Certified Educator – Level 1
  • Instructional Technology Tools
  • Distance Learning
  • PBL, STEAM, and GATE
  • UDL, UbD, SEL, and MTSS
  • Lesson/Unit/Curriculum Planning
  • Gifted Certification (UCSD extension)
  • Action Research for Students
  • Equity and Social Justice in PBL/STEAM
  • Adult Learning Theory
  • Inclusion Activities
  • Mindfulness Activities
  • RJ Circles for Students & Adults
  • ACEs and Trauma Informed Practices
  • Building Educators’ Capacity 
  • Curriculum Design and Unit Planning
  • ​Teacher Education and Credentialing
  • Presenting for Workshops, Trainings, and Professional Development
  • National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE)
  • National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)
  • National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
  • International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
  • California League of Schools (CLS)
  • California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE)
  • California Association of Bilingual Educators (CABE)
  • Computer Using Educators (CUE)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • STEM Mentoring Program
  • First Gen Scholarships
  • Online Coding Camp 
  • Resources and Services Specific to Environmental, Social, and Economic Justice
  • Teacher and Student Scholarships for Community Service
  • OABSE Midwest Regional Conference, Columbus, OH
  • NABSE 50th National Conference, National Harbor, MD
  • Keynote LAUSD Summer Institute
  • AERA – Cultivating Equitable Education Systems, San Diego, CA
  • CABE Virtual Conference
  • International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) Virtual Conference
  • Online PBL/STEAM Workshops, UCI
  • InnovatED Conference, New Tech High School, Napa, CA
  • California STEAM Symposium, Anaheim, CA
  • Fal CUE Conference, Sacramento, CA
  • PBL Institute for Teachers, UCI (sponsored by Schools First)
  • California Association for Bilingual Educators (CABE) Conference, Long Beach, CA
  • California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE) Fall Conference, San Diego, CA
  • Fall CUE “Meet the Authors” Event, Napa, CA
  • California Association for Bilingual Educators (CABE) Conference, Sacramento, CA
  • CUE National Conference, Palm Springs, CA
  • California Association for the Gifted (CAG) Conference, San Diego, CA
  • California STEAM Symposium, San Francisco, CA
  • National Principals Conference, Philadelphia, PA
  • Better Together California Teachers Summit (Edcamp Specialist), CSU Bakersfield
  • Lead 3 Symposium for Administrators, Redondo Beach, CA
  • 42nd Annual Black Child Conference, Los Angeles, CA
  • CUE Fall Conference, Napa Valley, CA
  • Keynote Speaker for Local District Central Leadership Institute (LAUSD), Los Angeles, CA
  • Better Together CA Teachers Summit (Edcamp Specialist), CSU San Bernardino
  • CLS K-12 Summer Institute, Indian Wells, CA
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference (Panelist), San Francisco, CA
  • 41st Annual Black Child Conference, Los Angeles, CA
  • ​CLS/Center for Advanced Research and Technology (CART) Conference, Clovis, CA
  • CLS Technology Conference, Monterey, CA
  • CLS Annual Conference South, Costa Mesa, CA
  • Education Week Leadership Dinner Series, Los Angeles, CA
  • Building Educator Assessment Literacy (BEAL) Training, Secondary ELA Trainer, Los Angeles, CA
  • CLS Annual Conference South, San Diego, CA
  • Launch LA: Common Core, Teach Plus Conference, CSU Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA
  • CLS North Lake Tahoe Conference, North Lake Tahoe, CA
  • USC International Education Studies Tour, Beijing and Tianjin, China
  • Common Core Fellow and Trainer, Los Angeles, CA
  • GATE/SAS Annual Parent Conference, Los Angeles, CA
  • Central Cities Gifted Children’s Association (CCGCA) Annual GATE Conference, Pasadena, CA
  • *CLS = California League of Schools

“The quality of your work is a snapshot of your character.” ~ Unknown

“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.” ~ Unknown

Greetings fellow educators, parents, and community members! As you navigate your way through this website, you will find an eclectic range of strategies, resources, and services. I value inclusion, healthy relationships, and creating a sense of belonging in any system. While I am quite resourceful, creative, and industrious, I pride myself in being teachable. I value insight from all stakeholders and collaborating across networks. I LOVE teaching, learning, and leading! Together, we have the power to transform education and accelerate pathways for student achievement.​

My newest endeavor includes making post-secondary education accessible to women and young people who are currently incarcerated, and to bring UCLA faculty and students to learn alongside them, thereby challenging bias, discrimination, and injustice in a shared and collaborative learning experience. This is an extraordinary opportunity to more fully realize UCLA’s mission as a public research institution: to create, disseminate and apply knowledge for the betterment of our global society.

Extra curricular activities that I enjoy most are traveling, meeting new people, and learning about different cultures. Traveling provides the benefit of developing knowledge and understanding of schools in a global context. Some places that have enlightened my educational journey and diversified my cultural lens are as follows: Kenya and Tanzania – Africa (I attended school in Kenya for 2 years); Beijing, Tianjin, Hong Kong – China; Amsterdam – Netherlands; Venice and Bari – Italy; Olympia, Mykonos, Athens – Greece; Dubrovnik – Croatia; Sarande – Albania; Bora Bora – Tahiti; San Juan – Puerto Rico; Caribbean Islands – Jamaica, Haiti, Aruba, Dominica, Cayman Islands; Cozumel, Cabo, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta – Mexico; Virgin Islands – St. John and St. Thomas; Victoria and Vancouver – Canada; and several states – New York, Alaska, Michigan, Louisiana, Oregon, Ohio, Washington, Colorado, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Washington, D.C., Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Utah, Nevada, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey (more to come!).

I look forward to extending my educational journey by working with you and sharing best practices, resources, and strategies for success. Contact me for further consultation and collaboration.

Moderator for Voices & Perspectives Speaker Series

Black Women Leading the Discourse on Black Lives

Black Males on the Current Pulse of the Nation

Honoring the Asian American Experience

Honoring the Latino and Latina Experience

Events and Awards

CORE Summer Design Institute

25 Teachers to Watch