February 2017

Sponsor Support for Edcamps!

The Edcamp Foundation is very excited to announce our new Sponsorship program! We have five companies who have already stepped forward to support the work of the Edcamp Foundation, as we support the work of our amazing organizers around the country. 

Now, when organizers receive their Edcamp-in-a-Box, there will be postcards from each of these companies. The postcard will tell you how to get in contact with each company to receive the donations that they have for you. It might be an email address, a website to visit, a QR code. They have donations to make to the participants of your edcamp: a discount code, a subscription, swag, etc. 

We are hoping that this will ease one of the significant burdens that we regularly hear about from organizers, especially ones who are hosting their first edcamp. Organizers want to have gifts or door prizes to give out at their event, and getting that swag can be a major worry. Hours and endless emails can be spent on this, as organizers reach out randomly to companies in the hope that some of them will send them donations.

With our sponsorship program, you no longer need to worry about this. These companies, who love the edcamp movement and want to provide goodies for individual edcamps, have guaranteed that they will provide resources for your edcamp!

Request your Edcamp-in-a-Box, and you will receive the postcards, along with all of the other benefits that come from getting a Box from us!

Organizers, look for a postcard from each of these wonderful companies who are our original Edcamp Foundation sponsors! Please make sure to give the companies at least a month to provide their resources to you. 

Thank You: 

MobyMax 

Piktochart

Nearpod

FreshGrade

Flocabulary

A great collection of companies who are helping us to continue our support for passionate and dedicated teachers! 

Edcamp for All

Dear Edcampers,

Seven years ago, the first Edcamp was held in Philadephia. Since then, Edcamps have become a melting pot of learning. Different schools, belief systems, and races are represented and celebrated. Teachers, parents, students, and community members co-create learning every Saturday.

Diversity, acceptance, and sense of inquiry define Edcamp. Edcamp is a mosaic of ideas explored through conversation. Without a safe environment to share, debate, and curiously investigate what's best for kids, the power of Edcamp will be lost.

That's why the Edcamp Foundation has unaminously approved an anti-harrassment policy last week. 

The Edcamp Foundation is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of religion, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or age. The Foundation does not tolerate harassment or bullying in any form of anyone at an edcamp or at any events sponsored by the Edcamp Foundation. At the discretion of the Organizers, Participants violating these rules may be asked by Organizers to leave an Edcamp event; and at the discretion of the Foundation, Organizers who violate this Policy may be precluded from hosting and organizing future Edcamp events. Our anti-harassment policy can be found at: http://www.edcamp.org/anti-harassment-policy

Because publicly stating our position is more important now than ever before, I have a small favor to ask:

If you're an Edcamper, please make sure your local event posts this anti-harassment policy on your event website.

I know; it's a small step. But if we can all stand together, Edcamp will maintain the spirit of inclusivity upon which it was founded.

In solidarity,

Kristen Swanson, Chair of the Edcamp Board