Our Mission

Building communities of empowered educators with a collaborative, participant-driven professional development model.

The History of Edcamp

What began as an idea transformed into a movement! From Philadelphia to Portland, and in 41countries around the globe, participant-driven professional learning is energizing + empowering educators!

  • The first Edcamp was organized in 2010 by a group of teachers in Philadelphia who met up for a computer science "un-conference."
  • At BarCamp, they collaborated with others to create discussion sessions based on the interests of the people in the room. There was no presenter; no boring slideshow. The entire day was personalized and learner driven with those in the room sharing their experience and expertise.
  • At the end of the day, the teachers decided this model was too good to contain! They exchanged contact information, and within the next few months they used the "unconference" model of BarCamp to target educators.

Embracing the belief that fellow educators can be some of the most valuable professional development resources for their colleagues, the Edcamp movement has been recognized by countless organizations, including the United States Department of Education, the Bammy Awards for Education, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), the TEDx program and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Co-founder | Executive Director
Director of Operations
Board of Directors
Co-Founder, Breakout EDU
Executive Director, Vincera Foundation
Partner, People & Company
Em-CLO | Co-Founder, Speechless
Educational Strategies Specialist, Highlander Institute
Vice President of Learning and Innovation, BrainPOP
Manager, Minecraft Education at Microsoft
Chair of Corporate & Business Services Group, Reger Rizzo & Darnall LLP