The EdCamp movement began in Philadelphia in 2010, and since then over 700 events have been hosted around the world. An EdCamp is an “unconference” that provides educators with teacher-driven professional development and incredible opportunities to network with their peers.
There are no predetermined sessions or topics. Instead, participants show up on the day of the event with ideas they would like to explore and resources to share. A session board is created that morning with a variety of topic ideas, providing participants with several options to attend at a number different of time slots. Unlike a typical conference style of professional development, there are no formal presenters or presentations being made. Sessions consist of facilitated discussion among the participants, so everyone’s voice is heard and a variety of ideas are shared.
The EdCamp model embraces the rule of two feet, which encourages participants to move between available sessions as they wish. No one is offended if someone leaves one session and moves to another, because this event is about each participant getting the most out of their professional development time. It also means if there are two sessions that sound really interesting, then it’s okay to pop in to both.
Making professional connections and networking is at the core of EdCamp. Participants come from a variety of backgrounds, work at different schools, and have experience with a range of age-groups. These unique experiences of each educator in attendance makes for great discussions and resource sharing. There is something for every educator to learn at an EdCamp.
We are excited to host the third annual EdCamp Baton Rouge at Episcopal on Saturday, January 28th from 8AM until 12PM. All area educators are invited to attend and registration is free. Local educators do not want to miss this morning of fun and relaxed learning packed with innovative ideas, engaging conversation, and great door prizes.
For more information and registration, visit www.edcampbr.com