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!


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!


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.


Edcampers, We Need Your Voice!

Chrissi Milses, Edcamp Foundation Board Secretary, is conducting a case study surrounding the perceived utility of professional development. Please take 5 minutes (yes, literally only 5 minutes!) of your time to complete the survey linked below. We greatly appreciate your time and thank you in advance for your participation!

By completing this survey, the participant consents that he/she understands the purpose of this study and has voluntarily agreed to participate. He/she understands that the researcher will protect confidentiality in all responses.


Thanks again!


The Edcamp Foundation to Judge Inaugural Bammy Edtech Awards






this press release is cross-posted from: http://www.bammyawards.com/index.php/component/content/article/1055

Academy of Education Arts and Sciences Expands Bammy Awards to Include Education Technology

Los Angeles, CA. July 11, 2013 – Today the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences announced that the 2013 Bammy Awards have been expanded to include developers of education technology. The inaugural Bammy “EdTech” Awards will indentify and recognize the best-in-class education apps, teaching tools and education-related web sites currently available to educators. The Edcamp Foundation has agreed to form the technology board of the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences and serve as the jury, selecting the honorees for the 2013 Bammy Edtech Awards. Developers of the best-in-class education technology will be presented with the coveted Bammy Award statuette at the same black-tie, red-carpet event in Washington, D.C, September 21st, where prominent and influential educators from across the nation will convene to celebrate the entire education community.

The edtech submission process began on May 1st of this year at http://industry.bammyawards.com and will extend through the end of August. Early submissions have already been received from Scholastic, Edmodo and the National Science Foundation. During the first week of September, the Edcamp board members will be asked to cast their votes to identify the top 50 edtech resources for 2013. The digital resources receiving the most votes in the three edtech categories will each receive the Bammy Award for education technology in its category.

“The Edcamp Foundation and a team of Edcampers are honored to judge the EdTech Awards this year. The voice of teachers should be loud and clear when it comes to learning technologies, and this is a great way to advocate for kids and learning,” said Kristen Swanson, board member of the Edcamp Foundation.

“The Science360 for iPad app was developed for teachers and students–and their parents–to encourage everyone to get engaged in science and engineering. We’re always looking for opportunities to reach new audiences. We appreciate this opportunity,” said Dana Topousis, Director or Public Affairs, National Science Foundation.

Adding edtech categories to the Bammy Awards acknowledges that technology is becoming increasingly important in education, transforming teaching, learning, professional development and administration. “This is a natural extension for the Bammy Awards that fills two compelling needs. Educators need to identify the best resources from a rising sea of options and developers of the best education technology need to distinguish their offerings in a meaningful and compelling way. We are very excited about this program and honored to collaborate with the Edcamp Foundation of tech-savvy educators. They are uniquely positioned to identify the best education technology,” said Errol St. Clair Smith, executive producer of the Bammy Awards.

The Bammy Awards were created in response to the relentless national criticism of America’s public schools. The negative perception of public education has led to a decrease in public confidence, calls for reductions in financial support and intense scrutiny of educators, while all that is right in American education is largely ignored.

Modeled on the broad scope of the Oscars, Grammys and Emmys, the Bammy Awards are presented by the Academy’s Council of Peers and Board of Governors. The Academy accepts nominations in dozens of disparate categories, selects honorees, and brings together constituents from the entire education community to recognize the honorees. Intended to be a cross-discipline event, honorees include teachers, principals, superintendents, school nurses, education advocates, researchers, early childhood specialists, education journalists, education school professors, school board members, education bloggers, school custodians, parents and other members from across the education village. New to the list for 2013 are school librarians, school technologists, students, and now education technology developers.

“We are very pleased to see the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences recognizing education technology,” said David Wygant, Vice President, Product, Dictionary.com. “It’s particularly exciting to participate and support this important community by submitting Dictionary.com and Thesaurus Rex for consideration of a Bammy award. Doing so confirms for educators, students, and the public that our learning apps and resources are making a positive difference and enriching the educational experience.”

About the Edcamp Foundation

The Edcamp Foundation is a Delaware non-profit, which was started to promote organic, participant-driven professional development for K-12 educators worldwide. The foundation’s mission is to support free edcamp unconferences for educators to exchange ideas and learn together. Edcamps offer educators the opportunity to share their experiences and their professional expertise in a collaborative, interactive learning environment.

Edcamps are organized and attended by passionate, tech-savvy educators who are eager to explore, discover and share new teaching strategies, tools and education technologies. From eight Edcamps in year one, Edcamps now number over 200 a year, in cities all around the nation and the world. One of the staple features of an Edcamp is the “Web2.0 Smackdown,” a lightning round of resource sharing among attendees.

About the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences

The Academy is comprised of over 212 prominent education leaders. Charter members of the Academy include a profoundly eclectic cadre of persons involved in education, including Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, professor of education at Stanford University; Diane Ravitch, former Assistant Secretary of Education; Dr. Timothy Shriver, CEO of the Special Olympics; Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Dr. Mark Ginsberg, former head of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and currently dean of the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University; Jay Mathews, veteran education columnist at the Washington Post; Dan Domenech, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators, Gail Connnely, executive director of the National Association of Elementary School Principals, JoAnne Bartoleti, executive director of the National Association of Secondary School Principals; Donna Mazyck, executive director of the National Association of School Nurses; Rosemarie T. Truglio, Ph.D., vice-president of research and education for Sesame Workshop; and Betsy Landers, president of the national PTA.

This year’s event is made possible by support from Gojo/Purell, School Health, Responsive Classroom, PBS Learning Media, TCPN, Excelligence Learning Corporation, Gryphon House, Kaplan Early Learning, GameDesk, Redleaf Press, Choose2Matter, WriteSteps, Learning ZoneXpress, ChildCare Education Institute, New Tech Network, ECE PolicyWorks, Teachers College Press and Gesell Institute of Child Development.

To learn more about the Bammy Edtech Awards, go to http://industry.bammyawards.com Send emails to info@bammyawards.org, or call 818-539-5971.