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Edcamps are disrupting traditional PD with participant-driven, collaborative conversations by teachers, for teachers

Edcamp

location_on Philadelphia, United States
Edcamps are free and open to anyone, organized by volunteers, usually full-time teachers. The sessions are decided on the day by those who are participating, making each one an expression of the needs and passions of those attending. The magic of Edcamp comes from the power of teachers collaborating and learning together through conversations, rather than standard “sit and get” presentations.
Hadley Ferguson, Executive Director, Edcamp Foundation
Edcamps are changing the experience that teachers around the world are having of professional development, empowering them and respecting the expertise that they have.

Hadley Ferguson, Executive Director, Edcamp Foundation

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TEACHERS
Target Group
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Children/Users
39
Countries
2010
Established
Not-for-profit
Organisation
1 491
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Updated on October 19th, 2020
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Participant-Driven Professional Development

Developing strong, energized teachers and keeping them in schools is critical to ensuring great learning experiences for students. We believe that teacher-to-teacher learning is not only an effective way to improve practice in the classroom, but is a crucial strategy to develop teacher leaders, increase teacher satisfaction, and build teachers’ professional networks. Our participant-driven, collaborative model and organically-growing community of teachers are an important alternative and supplement to traditional professional development offerings. the Edcamp movement has spread to 33 countries around the world with over 2,500 Edcamps having been held since 2010. 

All Edcamps follow several key tenets:

  • Participant-driven: Sessions are determined the morning of the event through suggestions on a blank session board. This produces conversations that are interactive and responsive to participants’ interests and needs. 
  • Free to all attendees. This helps ensure that different types of teachers and educational stakeholders can attend. 
  • Experience, not Experts. We know teachers want to learn from someone who understands their experience and can discuss the reality of implementing new ideas in their work. Edcamps treat teachers and other education stakeholders as the professionals they are, worthy of sharing their expertise in a collaborative setting. 
  • Reliant on the Rule of Two Feet. Participants are encouraged to actively self-select the best content and sessions and to leave sessions that do not meet their needs. 

The end result of an Edcamp event is engaged, empowered, and prepared teachers who adopt effective methods in their classrooms and become leaders and change agents in their schools.

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May 2019
500 views
November 2018
HundrED 2019
August 2018
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01
Host an Edcamp
This isn't a hard process!
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02
Build an organizing team
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03
Order the Coffee!
Refreshments for a Saturday morning
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04
Build the Session Board
Sessions are always based on what those attending want to talk about!
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05
Celebrate the Learning
Take time to review the day.
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