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.
Kristen Swanson, Chair of the Edcamp Board