Through Twitter, we learned about EdCamp Elon. The idea of an EdCamp as professional development was new to most of us and we were eager to attend. An EdCamp is a free “unconference” event where participants lead the learning and discussions. It is a way to bring together educators who want to learn and share best practices. That described our group from #cmsk12chat perfectly! Ashley Hurley organized an entire group from our district to attend together. Carpools and meeting spots were planned and t-shirts were ordered!
- Ashley Hurley, a Professional Development Specialist
- Joshua Lemere, a Fifth Grade Teacher at Barringer Academic Center
- Lisa Pagano, an Academic Facilitator at Irwin Academic Center
- Megan Mehta, a Third Grade Teacher at Ballantyne Elementary
- Abbie Sudimack, a Third Grade Teacher at Ballantyne Elementary
- Bethany Gullion, a Literacy Facilitator at Elizabeth Lane Elementary
- Nicole Cathey, a Professional Development Facilitator at Carmel Middle School
- Nancy Betler, a Talent Development Teacher at Eastover Elementary
- Gail Summerskill, a Teacher at Bruns Academy
- Holly Niedermeyer, an RTI Coach
- Julie Hellerstein, from the Quaglia Institute of Student Aspirations
After arriving at Elon University, everyone gathered in a room to be welcomed by the EdCamp organizers and join in an opening session where the schedule and sessions for the day were collaboratively decided and the "rules" were shared. One of our favorite rules was "Listen to your Feet"; if a session was not meeting our needs, we were encouraged to use our two feet to find one that would.
We had the opportunity to attend two different breakout sessions in the morning followed by a catered lunch. Lunch provided us with a chance to catch up with one another and share everything we had learned. It also allowed us to connect with others and make new friends across the state.
In fact, EdCampNC is already scheduled to take place on September 27th in Raleigh! An EdCamp for our district is in the works too. Stay tuned for more details! We would love to connect with you at a future EdCamp.