If you've been to an edcamp, you get it. You've experienced the freedom and joy of choice-based teacher-led learning. I left my first edcamp in 2012 on a high. I still remember driving back from Omaha to KC--so many thoughts going through my head!
Since that 1st edcamp, I've been to oh, 12 or 13 more and I organize one as well--EdcampKC with Kyle Pace, Michelle Nebel, Mimi Jones, Julie Robaska, and Ken Corum. Luckily, I can add #edcampNEWMARK, my school's edcamp, to that list!
So if this is the way professional learning should be done, can we move the #edcamp model INTO SCHOOLS?
The answer is yes. Yes, YOU can start an edcamp at your school/district...and you don't need to be an edcamp expert to do it.
1. It's Free.
No need to spend money to bring people IN to work with staff. Use your own staff. Use the staff of other schools, other districts.
2. It's Simple.
You can plan and implement one in your school with a little Google help (forms and docs) and just one or two people! See planning below.
3. It's Teacher Driven
Topics are based on what educators are interested in and the sessions are led by teachers themselves. Edcamps in schools run on choice and conversation; they nurture teacher voice.
4. It's Adaptable to different situations.
Teachers thrive on and request #edcampPD once they experience it. It is not a one size fits all and can be adjusted to meet needs of your particular group or situation.
5. It's Revolutionary and Beautiful
It supports, connects, and empowers your lead learners. It's a sight to see, hear, feel. It will transform your school culture. Every school edcamp model I've had myself and heard about is positive--teachers want it, crave it, need it--and they don't want the old way back.Read More