“Why I committed to a monthly donation to Edcamp and why you should too” by Sara Brooks

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The Edcamp Foundation would like to recognize and thank Ms. Sara Brooks, an Information Literacy Teacher (Elementary School Librarian) in Greely, Colorado, for being our first monthly donor. We appreciate your support! Here’s the note that accompanied her donation:

By dedicating a monthly amount to Edcamp, it allows the organization to  better budget and plan throughout the year. But even more important, a monthly donation is my commitment to all teachers’ professional growth.Teachers want to improve their teaching and will contribute and participate in professional development that matters to them! This is Edcamp. It allows us to share what we know and to learn from others; we can build from each other’s experiences. Edcamp makes it better for teachers and our students. It is a truly grassroots organization that began from our rank and file and continues to be about our profession. Give monthly and keep it growing!

Thank you, Sara, for your advocacy and support – and for paying it forward!

The Edcamp Foundation Partners with MIT Media Labs Join us for Learning Creative Learning

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It’s not (just) a course, but a community for educators, designers, technologists, and others interested in creative learning.

Learning Creative Learning (LCL) is an online community on creative learning hosted by the MIT Media Lab. LCL will start on March 18 with six weeks of discussions and activities, followed by a few weeks to work on projects, leading to a creative-learning exhibition in May. There will be online sessions on Tuesdays from 1:00-2:00pm Boston time.

LCL will focus on key aspects of the Media Lab approach to learning: Projects, Peers, Passion, and Play. We invite you to apply these ideas to your own teaching and learning experiences. Together, we can reimagine and reinvent education.

Learning Creative Learning is a collaborative experiment. We are building on the online course we offered last year and plan to continue to tinker with the format and explore new tools for sharing ideas and supporting discussions. We hope you will tinker with us.

Online learning + Local meet-ups = :-) We think local meet-ups are the perfect complement to online learning. That’s why LCL is collaborating with EdCamps and NWP to encourage more meet-ups. They create an opportunity to meet others in your area who are just as passionate about creative learning as you are!

Each week, LCL will cross-promote EdCamps that are happening and encourage participants to host sessions about LCL. In these sessions, participants could talk about the readings and ideas of the course, or even work on course activities together, but do it face to face instead of online only.

Join LCL > No sign-up necessary. But we will send updates and weekly reminders to an email list. To get updates, register your email at http://learn.media.mit.edu/ and follow @medialabcourse on Twitter.

Announcing Edcamp US DOE: June 6, 2014 | Washington, D.C.

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This June, the Edcamp Foundation will be collaborating with the United States Department of Education to cultivate interactive conversations between teacher leaders and policy leaders.

Held in the heart of Washington DC, Edcamp US DOE will be an intimate gathering of teacher leaders and policy leaders in order to discuss the most important issues in education. Every conversation will focus on finding actionable solutions and answering tough, asset-based questions.

The day will explore three themes: policy, ConnectED, and best practice. Interactive conversations will be proposed on the morning of the event, honoring every attendee’s authentic voice.

Learn more about the event and how you can attend here.

Edcamp STEAM Gets Featured on Classroom Closeup NJ TV! Watch NOW!

As those who attended Edcamp STEAM will recall, a production crew from the Emmy-award winning Classroom Close-up NJ television show was present throughout our event last summer. Their show featuring our event just aired! It’s a terrific recap of Edcamp STEAM and it’s a great testimony to the power of participant-directed professional development. Special thanks to The New Jersey Education Association and the terrific team at Classroom Close-up NJ for producing this video and for letting us excerpt it for sharing on social media!

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The Edcamp Foundation is Expanding!

The Edcamp Foundation is very excited for 2014. We’ve been planning lots of new ways to support Edcamps, teachers, and Edcamp organizers. To better support our work, we’re expanding our membership to include committees that work directly with the Foundation Board on important matters.

We’re very excited to welcome the following individuals to the Edcamp Foundation as committee members!

Public Relations Committee – this committee will a) create documents for the Foundation’s committees to use in their work (i.e., fundraising letters, proposals to present at conferences, presentations, etc.); and b) lead the “50 States Challenge,” an initiative aimed at bringing an Edcamp to each of the 50 states.

  • Shannon Montague – Chair
  • Christy Brennan
  • David Cutler
  • Philip Cummings
  • Joanne Najarian
  • Lisa Palmieri
  • Markette Pierce
  • Jennifer L. Scheffer
  • Chris Shriver
  • Chris Thinnes
  • Hadley Ferguson (Edcamp Foundation Board Member)

Foundation Partner Program Committee – this committee, chaired by Edcamp Foundation Board Member Kristen Swanson, supports Edcamp Organizers across the globe. The committee provides support, assistance, and professional development when it comes to running the best Edcamp event possible.

  • Alice Barr
  • Cindy Dixon
  • Kaye Hendrickson
  • Debby Jacoby
  • Karl Lindgren-Streicher
  • Andrew Marcinek
  • Chris McGee
  • Kristina Peters
  • Michael Podraza
  • Laksmi Puspitowardhani
  • Margaret Roth
  • Aaron Ross
  • Jerry Swiatek
  • Peter Strawn
  • David Wees

Online Presence Committee – chaired by Edcamp Foundation Board Member Kevin Jarrett, this committee is responsible for helping manage everything about the Edcamp brand online – including our blog, Twitter, wiki, Facebook & LinkedIn pages, and more.

  • Jessie Bamberger
  • Lisa Butler
  • Paige Lennig
  • Kyle Pace
  • Mike Marotta
  • Shannon Montague
  • Shawn White

Recognition Committee – chaired by Edcamp Foundation Board Member Mike Ritzius, this committee is responsible for ensuring Edcamps are recognized as official events (and follow the tenets of Edcamps) and the organizing teams are recognized, too.

  • Ben Wildeboer
  • Billy Krakower
  • Trisha Sanchez
  • Stacey Schuh
  • Tracy Sockalosky

Keep a lookout for these folks as they leverage the true power of Edcamp over the next year. We welcome them aboard and thank them for their efforts!

We Want You!

A Call to Action

Friends of Edcamp,

Thank you for stepping up! The response to our Call for Volunteers has exceeded our expectations!

We are going through the submissions now and promise to get in touch soon.

Happy Holidays!

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Thank you to Remind 101, a new Edcamp Foundation Sponsor!

The Edcamp Foundation is delighted to announce its first sponsor since acquiring official 501(c)(3) status: Remind 101.

Remind 101 is a tool for educators to use to remind students and parents about important assignment or events.

Along with their generous gift of $2,500 Remind 101 will also be creating an Edcamp Page (coming soon!) You can sign up for fun facts and other reminders about important Edcamp events. So, join our group and stay up to date on the latest Edcamp Foundation events!

Thanks to the entire team at Remind 101, including Brett and Christine. They’ve been huge Edcamp supporters for all of our events across the nation.