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“The measure of a life is not what that life accomplishes but rather the impact that life has on others.” - Jackie Robinson
We wanted to hold a (un)conference. We ended up creating an international professional learning phenomenon.
A bit of history: back in late 2009, a group of passionate, dedicated Philadelphia area educators – most of whom who had never met in person, but were connected by social media – somehow found themselves together at an unconference called Barcamp Philly. Despite the name, there was no alcohol and no camping (“Occupy” style or otherwise). There was, however, intense excitement as the event began, the day’s conference schedule was created before our eyes, and sessions got underway. By the end of the day, we’d all attended many workshops, led a few of our own, and collectively reached a powerful conclusion:
So, seven months later, in May 2010, we did. Edcamp Philly was born. Little did we know that we would eventually inspire countless educators – even internationally – to do the same for their communities.
Fast forward to 2011. With new Edcamps being announced every week, and interest in the unconference format growing daily, we collectively reached another powerful conclusion:
It was then we decided to create The Edcamp Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, to provide organizational and financial assistance to Edcamp organizing teams, promote their events, and help ensure the Edcamp (unconference) model is implemented with fidelity.
We are thrilled to be able to announce the formation of our organization. We are confident that we, working together with talented teams of dedicated educators around the world, can have a profound impact on teacher professional development practices and, as a result, student achievement.
Join us! Organize an event. Make a financial contribution as a sponsor. Spread the word about the power of unconferences. Attend an unconference yourself to experience the magic firsthand.
We’re thrilled to be able to help. Let’s get to work.
The Edcamp Foundation
Left to right: Mary Beth Hertz, Kim Sivick, Kristen Swanson, Ann Leaness, Mike Ritzius,
Hadley Ferguson, Kevin Jarrett, Dan Callahan (via Skype)
Not shown: Christine Miles, Robert Rowe