Edcamp Leadership - an unconference for school leaders

Edcamp Leadership (@EdCampLdr) is a free un-conference devoted to K-12 education issues and ideas. Its goal is to assemble forward-thinking school administrators, board of education members, classroom teacher leaders, parents/community members – anyone interested in K-12 education – for a day of conversation, reflection and inspiration. Join us at the University of Pennsylvania's Huntsman Hall on Monday, August 4, 2014!

What is an Edcamp?

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Originally posted by Kevin Jarrett

An Edcamp is an “unconference,” a participant-driven professional development experience that is sweeping the nation (and the world) since the first one was held in Philadelphia in 2010.

The brief video below, shot and produced at Edcamp Philadelphia in 2010, captures much of the essence of the event – and will give you an idea what to expect.

This video, from Edcamp Toronto 2011, is an even more in-depth look at what makes Edcamps unique and powerful learning experiences.

Comments? Questions? You know what to do.

See you in August

Meet Jim Lerman, Director, Progressive Science Institute (He’s coming to Edcamp Leadership!)

If you’d like to be featured in our Who’s Coming? series, fill out this form!

How are you involved in education?

I am currently Director of the Progressive Science Initiative at Kean University, an innovative program that takes experienced teachers and educates them to become teachers of physics or chemistry. I have been a principal, director of staff devt,, director of technology, and assistant superintendent and also an adjunct in the Dept. of Ed. Leadership at both Kean Univ and Wm. Paterson Univ. I have written 5 books about the internet for educators and currently curate 4 topic sites on Scoop.it: “Into the Driver’s Seat”, “The 4th Era”, “Scriveners’ Trappings”, and “Serious-Minded Games”.

What’s your ideal classroom or school like?

My ideal school for secondary students would be a place where students meet periodically with Learning Coaches (what we used to call teachers) to develop learning contracts that would specify what they wanted to learn and how, and with whom, they would go about learning it. Assessment would be competency based and students would progress to the next level (grade) by exhibition of learning outcomes to panels of Coaches, community members, and peers. Students would be members of Support Teams that would meet regularly to share individual progress and provide feedback and encouragement to peers. Students would be free to pursue their learning in or out of the building/classroom, according to plans contained in their learning contract.

Have you ever attended an unconference before? If so, which ones?

Yes, two in Connecticut in 2011 and 2012, two at Kean in the last 2 years, and edcamp NJ near the shore.

if you were to lead a session at Edcamp, what would it be about?

Creation of learning environments that build student voice and independence.

Do you have a website or blog?

http://www.scoop.it/t/into-the-driver-s-seat and http://www.scoop.it/t/the-4th-era

Are you on Twitter?

@jimlerman

Meet Jay Eitner, Superintendent (he’s coming to Edcamp Leadership!)

If you’d like to be featured in our Who’s Coming? series, fill out this form!

How are you involved in education?

I’m a Superintendent of the Lower Alloways Creek School District.

What’s your ideal classroom or school like?

A technology infused, worry free environment where students feel welcome and teachers are open minded to new instructional techniques.

Have you ever attended an unconference before? If so, which ones?

I’ve attended EdCampNJ and EdCampSteam.

if you were to lead a session at Edcamp, what would it be about?

I’m all about effective social media integration district wide, along with policy associated with Byod and 1:1 initiative.

Do you have a website or blog?

http://www.jayeitner.com/

Are you on Twitter?

@iSuperEit

Meet Deb Euker, 5th Grade Teacher & Math Coordinator (She’s coming to Edcamp Leadership!)

If you’d like to be featured in our Who’s Coming? series, fill out this form!

How are you involved in education?

I teach 5th grade and am the math coordinator for my school.

What’s your ideal classroom or school like?

A social, happy, cooperative environment were students are engaged in learning. The students are excited and eager for more:-)

Have you ever attended an unconference before? If so, which ones?

Nope, first time.

Do you have a website or blog?

http://www.methacton.org/Page/5862

Meet Gerald Aungst, Supervisor of gifted and elementary mathematics (he’s coming to Edcamp Leadership!)

If you’d like to be featured in our Who’s Coming? series, fill out this form!

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How are you involved in education?

Supervisor of gifted and elementary mathematics for the School District of Cheltenham Township. Writer, presenter, speaker, and curriculum nerd.

What’s your ideal classroom or school like?

The ideal classroom is noisy, busy, and vibrant with energy. The space is inhabited and owned by the students and teacher together. When you walk into the ideal classroom, it’s hard to locate the teacher at first. Students rely on each other as much as adults, even in younger grades. Academic work is valued, but so is passion and joy.

Have you ever attended an unconference before? If so, which ones?

Yes! Edcamp Philly (for three years), TeachMeetNJ, and I was the co-founder of ntcamp, an unconference aimed at new teachers. I’m planning to run an Edcamp this fall focused on Common Core.

if you were to lead a session at Edcamp, what would it be about?

How technology can help bridge the gap between teachers and administrators

Do you have a website or blog?

http://www.geraldaungst.com/

Are you on Twitter?

@geraldaungst

Meet Michael Q. Roth, Superintendent (he’s coming to Edcamp Leadership!)

If you’d like to be featured in our Who’s Coming? series, fill out this form!

How are you involved in education?

Superintendent of Salisbury Township School District, Allentown, PA. Progressive school district committed to educational excellence for its students. I provide leadership and service to a dedicated team of administrators, teachers and staff supporting the learning of 1600 students in 4 schools. Key focus areas include strengthening community relationships, maintaining and improving student academic and social development, developing entrepreneurial approaches, and supporting TL2014 (tl2014.org) activities associated with school district’s strategic plan. I serve as an adjunct professor in the graduate education department at Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA. Continuing my path of life-long learning, I am currently enrolled in the GSE Mid Career Doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania.

What’s your ideal classroom or school like?

Universal access to high quality learning, enhanced by caring and compassionate teachers who coach their students to problem solve and face challenges using all resources available. Dynamic, student-centered places where collaboration, communication and creativity are the pathways to success!

Have you ever attended an unconference before? If so, which ones?

This will be my first “unconference,” and I am looking forward to it!

if you were to lead a session at Edcamp, what would it be about?

Building professional learning networks, supporting technology immersion through professional development, developing on-line learning programs

Do you have a website or blog?

http://www.salisburysd.us/

Are you on Twitter?

@mqroth

Meet Tom Whitford, Lead Learner (he’s coming to Edcamp Leadership!)

If you’d like to be featured in our Who’s Coming? series, fill out this form!

How are you involved in education?

I am the Lead Learner of of a PreK-8 School in Wisconsin.

What’s your ideal classroom or school like?

My ideal school would be filled with passionate learners, students and teachers alike. Creativity would be a focus and teachers would be guiding students in project based learning activities. It would be a culture where everyone feels safe to explore, learn and fail, only to try again. I would want it to be a place filled with smiles and a sense of discovery.

Have you ever attended an unconference before? If so, which ones?

EdcampMadWi and Edcampmke

Do you have a website or blog?

http://whittyplcguy.blogspot.com/

Are you on Twitter?

@twhitford

Not Your Average Admin In-Service Day – Edcamp Leadership

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Last summer, I attended my first Edcamp - Edcamp Leadership in New Jersey. The Twitter hashtag used before, during and after this FREE un-conference is #edcampldr. 
For newcomers trying to get an idea of what to expect, a full list of potential sessions offered by the attendees can be found on last year’s Google Doc. Reflecting back, I learned a great deal from the conference and embedded several things into my own leadership during that un-conference day. Specifically, three things come to mind:
  1. I learned ways to flip my faculty meeting, spending less time on announcements and more time on PD, relationship building and modeling a maximization of time with my staff.  (Link: Notes from Flipped Faculty Meetings)
  2. I also offered an Edcamp-style un-conference back in my own building, increasing the interest and engagement in what would have been the traditional “stand and deliver/talk at your audience all day” In-Service model. (Link: #Edcamp Comes to @KnappElementary Part 1 & Part 2-Staff Impressions)
  3. We’re offering the first #ParentCamp (online registration link) at @KnappElementary later this month. Sessions will include many of the most valuable parent-teacher chat (#ptchat) topics over the last two years on Wednesday nights. (Flyer: North Penn ParentCamp offered to all K-6 families)

To view last year’s experience in pictures, here are some great shots taken by Kevin Jarrett (@kjarrett), one of the event organizers. 

I encourage you to register for #edcampldr before space runs out – and it will. The number of high-caliber leaders that attend this FREE un-conference day over the summer is pretty amazing.

Joe Mazza

Why should you attend Edcamp Leadership?

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Edcamp Leadership is a FREE event that allows educational leaders to spread
innovation through informal conversation and collaboration. If you’ve never been to
an Edcamp before, you might be wondering why you should spend a lovely summer
day indoors with some awesome people. Here are the TOP 3 reasons to attend
Edcamp Leadership:

1. SHARING – We learn best when we make social connections around ideas that are
meaningful to us. Edcamp Leadership will give you the opportunity to listen and be
heard around a variety of self-selected topics.

2. RELEVANCE – At Edcamp Leadership, the participants will select the topics on the
morning of the event. This helps to ensure that every session meets the needs of the
group and responds to current dynamics in education. Further, if a session is not
what you expected (for whatever reason), you are encouraged to leave via the “law
of two feet.” The only person to blame for being in a lousy session at an Edcamp is
YOU!

3. FUN – Attendance at Edcamp Leadership does not “get you” anything. No grades,
credits, or hours. Just enjoyable, motivated, passionate learning!

Still not convinced? Check out what these passionate educators have to say about
Edcamps!

See you there!

Announcing Edcamp Leadership 2013!

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We are pleased to announce that Edcamp Leadership 2013 is officially on!

Join us on Monday, August 12th for a day of organic, participant-driven discussion about K-12 school leadership. While formal leaders such as principals and superintendents will certainly be in attendance, self-identified leaders of all backgrounds are welcome: teachers and other non-administrative school staff, parents, community members, and anyone else who has an interest in contributing to the day’s sharing of knowledge, ideas, and action.

As with all Edcamps, the attendees determine the topics of conversation for the day, thereby ensuring that everyone gets what they need from the event. And as always, the “Rule of Two Feet” applies: participants are encouraged to leave sessions that aren’t meeting their needs and find another one that does.

Please join us at the gorgeous New Jersey Center for Science, Technology, and Mathematics (STEM) at Kean University. As always, admission is FREE but you must register to reserve your spot as space is limited. Click here to get your ticket!

See you in August!