The Edcamp Movement

"Atending an Edcamp reminds me that I’m part of something bigger. Education is something greater than my classroom, school or district. It’s a powerful force that can bring equity and empowerment to educators and students throughout our nation and our world." ~ Kristen Swanson (co-founder)

What can I expect?

Energy, enthusiam, and collaboration! Everyone at Edcamp is there to ask questions, share passions, and learn from each other. No one is required to be there! When you arrive, there may be some controlled chaos as people sign in, get their name tags, and grab breakfast. At your first Edcamp, identify yourself as a newcomer so organizers can welcome you into this dynamic movement.

"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?

Everyone is given an opportunity to introduce themselves and suggest a topic for the session board. We encourage everyone to suggest a topic or question for discussion; there is no expectation of expertise, only of professional curiosity! Once the session board is filled, participants look at the schedule and decide which sessions they want to attend.

Sessions are participant-driven, encouraging sharing and collaboration among everyone, whether it a few people or a large group. Teachers share their best practices, challenges and passions, each listening for key information to enhance their personlized professional learning. There is no single expert in the room! Participants are empowered to have voice and choice at Edcamp and encouraged to subscribe to the "Rule of Two Feet." 

Will I really learn?

YES! The gains from attending Edcamp are enormous. Educators and administrators exposed to the Edcamp model are more satisfied, learn more, and feel more supported. Nearly 70% report learning at least 4 or more ideas they want to implement in their classrooms, and 23% report learning over 10! Both administrators and educators agree that the Edcamp model is more productive and valuable than traditional, presentation-oriented professional development, with close to 97% of all attendees stating 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! However, teacher training credit varies by state and district so participants must be their own advocates in receiving credit. The Edcamp Foundation has created materials to help you get approval from your administration. Let them know that over 80% of adminstrators who were exposed to the Edcamp model not only approved it for teacher training credit, but adapted the model for their districts!

Upcoming Edcamps

China Grove North Carolina
Apr
27
Rochester New York
Apr
28
Oak Park Michigan
Apr
28
Collingswood New Jersey
Apr
28
Huntington Massachusetts
Apr
28
Castle Hayne North Carolina
Apr
28
Charlotte North Carolina
Apr
28
North Charleston South Carolina
Apr
28
Boston Massachusetts
Apr
28
Ellaville Georgia
May
01
Murfreesboro Tennessee
May
05