The Unconference movement hits Burlington this coming Saturday with NTCamp Burlington at Burlington High School. We are fortunate to have the backing of some phenomenal sponsors in Edutopia, Simple K12, SymbalooEDU, and LiveBinders.
I am so excited to host this event and give those passionate about education in our area an opportunity to take part in an unconference. For those unclear on what an unconference is, The description from the EdCamp Vancouver website sums up the education unconference very well:
We would like to take the best part of conferences, which in our opinion are the conversations between the attendees, and turn these into the focus of the conference. We will still have presentations but the process for setting up who presents will be more democratic and the presentations will be more interactive than a typical conference. We would like everyone to be expected to share what they know. We would like to run a conference for everyone interested in education.Education unconferences took off last year after an ambitious group of educators, including Pine Glen teacher Dan Callahan, created Edcamp Philly. The idea of "participant-driven professional development" has taken off with over 20 similar conferences popping up all over North America. You can see the entire list of locations on the Edcamp Wiki.
For more on the topic of unconferences you can check out the blog radio podcast of an interview I took part in with Scholastic's Ken Royal along with unconference experts New Milford, New Jersey Principal Eric Sheninger and NTCamp creator and Edutopia blogger Andrew Marcinek.
As I continue in my 14th year as an administrator, I am often frightened by the idea of losing touch with what it’s like to be a classroom teacher. Taking part in NTCamp Burlington will allow me the opportunity to interact with educators and have meaningful conversations that will help me continue my growth as an educator and a person who is passionate about creating the guest schools possible for our students.
I hope you will join me!