What began as an idea transformed into a movement!
In 2010, a group of educators in Philadelphia, Pa. met through Twitter. Each dissatisfied with the professional development options at their schools and feeeling unsupported in their day-to-day teaching roles, they decided to meet in person. After a brainstorm of ideas were put on the table, they decided to adopt the un-conference protocol inspired by the Barcamp model. And the rest... is history.
The original Edcamp founders, many of whom are still involved with Edcamp today were: Nicolae Borota, Dan Callahan, Hadley Ferguson, Mary Beth Hertz, Kevin Jarrett, Ann Leaness, Christine Miles, Mike Ritzius, Rob Rowe, Sivick and Kristen Swanson.
Since 2010, the Edcamp movement has grown and flourished in a grassroots manner to approximately 2,000 edcamps around the world. Each Edcamp is independently organized and hosted, free to participants, and brings together passionate educators for a day of learning and growth. Edcamps are participant-driven with sessions developed and facilitated by teachers attending the event. Edcamp organizers take charge of picking a location, setting a date, creating a web presence for registration and leveraging social media to promote to remote attendees.
Six years into the movement, we know Edcamps provide access to high quality, personalized professional learning for educators. Edcamp participants admit to embracing the belief that fellow educators can be some of the most valuable professional development resources for their colleagues. Because of this, 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.