The Edcamp Experience

Empowering educators to have a voice and choice in their professional learning using an "unconference" model of professional development.

What should I expect?

Energy, enthusiam, and collaboration!

  • Everyone is there by choice and eager to ask questions, share passions, and learn from each other. 
  • Edcamps are fun, laid back and an opportunity to network with other educators.
  • All are welcome to pitch ideas, facilitate a session, and share contact information in order to keep in touch with those they've connect with to bolster their professional network. 

"As educators, it's important that we continue expanding our circles of influence so that we can all continue to learn and improve. Edcamps are a great place to make these connections, not just for that day, but for a lifetime." - Cassie B. 

What happens?

The best Edcamps happen when everyone suggests a topic for discussion and then collaboratively build a session board filled with great learning opportunities!

  • Everyone is welcome to introduce themselves and suggest a topic for the session board.
  • Educators are encouraged to share best practices, challenges and passions, each listening for key information to enhance their professional learning.
  • There is no single expert in the room... participants are empowered to have voice and choice at Edcamp.

Will I really learn?

YES! The gains from attending Edcamp are enormous.

  • Educators exposed to the Edcamp model are more satisfied, learn more, and feel more supported.
  • Nearly 70% report learning at least 4 or more ideas to implement in their classrooms; 23% report learning over 10!
  • Administrators and educators agree that the Edcamp model is more productive and valuable than traditional, presentation-oriented professional development.
  • Close to 97% of attendees say they developed beneficial contacts at Edcamp, making it one of the most worthwhile networking events for educators out there. 

"The best professional development has been when a teacher shows me what has revolutionized their classroom...anything that a fellow teacher, who is still in the classroom, presents beats out anything else." ~ Teachers Know Best, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 

Can I get credit?

There's a good chance you can, but teacher training credit varies by state and district.

  • We encourage Edcamp participants to advocate for receiving credit by sharing the model's effectiveness with administrators. 
  • Our data shows that over 80% of adminstrators exposed to the Edcamp model not only approved it for teacher training credit but included Edcamp as an approved professional development offering in their district.
  • Check out these materials to help you get approval from your administration.

Upcoming Edcamps

Anchorage Alaska
Aug
16
Aug
16
San Diego California
Aug
18
Fayetteville North Carolina
Aug
18
Woodbridge Virginia
Aug
18
Florence Montana
Aug
21
Ann Arbor Michigan
Aug
21
Ontario California
Aug
25
Grantville Georgia
Aug
25
Somerville New Jersey
Aug
28