In February, I helped to organize my district's first ever EdCamp_Forsyth and IT. WAS. AWESOME! As I shared with my now good friend Greg Bagby in January, I had nightmares of only 10 people attending. But on the day of the event, we had over 100 educators from around the southeast at Lambert High School for a morning of personalized learning that truly changed the way I approach PD! It was amazing to see the conversations that happened in classrooms and hallways on a Saturday morning among educators who showed up *for free* to engage in PD that met their needs at THAT MOMENT.
Now, I think I might be an edcamp junkie. Over the summer, I attended EdCampUSA at the US DOED in Washington, DC and EdCamp Organizer Summit in Atlanta. I am now in the process of planning not 1, not 2, but FOUR edcamps, all to take place by the beginning of February:
- Unnamed EdCamp #1: an edcamp just for 6-12 teachers in my district on a district collaboration day, but a true edcamp in that teachers have free will to attend or to choose something else (October 2016)
- EdCampSouth: a collaborative edcamp brought to Atlanta by districts in and around Metro Atlanta to be held on the campus of Georgia Tech. Interested? Follow us on Twitter for more info! (November 2016)
- Unnamed EdCamp-like event #2: not a true edcamp, but an unconference event for K-12 teachers in my high school's 7 school cluster (4 ES, 2 MS, 1 HS). The event will run mostly like an edcamp, but I'm exploring the idea of using the Floyd Co., GA model used for their Kickoff Classic. (January 2017)
- EdCamp_Forsyth: Round 2 of the edcamp above! Hoping for even bigger and better things this go around! Follow us on Twitter, and sign up online today! (February 2017)
As a way of sharing that process with those of you who may just be going down that road, I'm going to try to blog about my experience(s). So if you're reading and have questions that I can answer or just comments to share, please use the comment box below! I'd be happy to have some focus to my posts and to make sure that I'm providing useful information!
Have you attended an EdCamp before? What was the best part of the experience for you? OR, are you starting to plan an EdCamp in your area? What are you struggling with the most?