Edcamp OC LA Pays it Forward!

Here at the Edcamp Foundation, we are all about promoting organic, participant-driven professional development for K-12 educators worldwide. Our mission: to support free edcamp unconferences for educators to exchange ideas and learn together. We’ve been thrilled to support several edcamps across the country this year. Imagine our surprise when Edcamp OC LA sent *US* a generous donation of their leftover funds. Here’s the message we received from EdcampOCLA co-organizer Bill Selak:

Rather than being a single event in Los Angeles, we wanted to connect with other groups of passionate educators that are planning Edcamps. Our donation to The Edcamp Foundation is a simple way that we can financially support this movement.

More info about the process:

After EdcampOCLA, we had a bit of extra money. We donated to the PTA of the hosting school. We all agreed pretty quickly that the remainder should go to the Edcamp Foundation to help with future Edcamps.

Hope that helps!

Thanks, Bill, yes it will – most definitely!

We’re happy to help!


Edcamp hits the Ivy League … (update!)

The Edcamp Foundation will be sharing the Edcamp model with Penn Graduate students on April 21, 2012. The goal will be to create greater awareness of unconferences as viable forms of professional development for educators.

The Edcamp Foundation is excited by the opportunity to share and dialogue with today’s leading minds in education.

Thanks go out to Joe Mazza for inviting the Edcamp Foundation to speak at this event.

This event will be LIVE STREAMED for all who care to attend. To join us, click here:

See you on Saturday at 12:30 PM EDT! Here’s a summary from UPenn:


“EdCamp-Style Professional Development Engages and Empowers Teachers”

EdCamp is a grassroots movement, a professional development model that encourages educators to take control of their own professional learning! In this session, presenters will create an authentic mini-model EdCamp session for participants where you can learn practical applications for incorporating the model in your own school district.

For more information about EdCamp, visit:, and a special thank you to Joe Mazza (Cohort 9) for helping to coordinate this event!


Photos from the session!

Edcamp Preso at UPenn GSE
Edcamp Preso at UPenn GSE
Edcamp Preso at UPenn GSE
Edcamp Preso at UPenn GSE
Edcamp Preso at UPenn GSE


Kim Sivick to speak at #140cuse, Syracuse’s 140 Characters Conference!

Yes, she’s a Character!  Kim Sivick, Edcamp Foundation board member and one of the original Edcamp Philly co-founders is speaking at #140cuse  “Exploring the State of Now” on April 19, 2012.

140 Character conferences attract thought leaders that are using twitter to enact change. These conferences bring together “characters” that both lead and contribute to conversations about how twitter is impacting their professions and changing lives.

Jeff Pulver, the founder of #140character conferences says:

#140conf exposes you to the power the Internet has to disrupt businesses, change lives and create serendipity.  Prepare to laugh, cry, connect and learn as each “character” shares authentic stories about how this new medium has effected their lives. From barn yard to board room, our eclectic group of speaks may be using the real time web differently but their stories all share one thing in common. The Internet is about being more human. The truth is that the state of now can not easily be explained, you just have to experience it for yourself.

Who else is presenting? Check it out: Speakers « #140cuse: Syracuse’s 140 Characters Conference!

Kim’s topic is “Social Media Gives Wings to Learning.”  She’ll be sharing the impact of social media on professional learning in the field of education. Specifically, Kim will be talking about edcamps. This will be Kim’s third 140 conference. Her previous 140 character presentations include:

Good luck, Kim!