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REGISTRATION OPENS NEXT WEEK for Int'l EdCamp Leadership 2016

Posted by Joe Mazza

3/1/16 8:00 AM

The date to circle is July 11, 2016.

If you are an aspiring, current or former educational leader, EdCamp Leadership promises to be the place to be now matter where you call home. Not sure what EdCamp is or missed last year's event? Below is a brief highlight video shared by the Illinois Principals Association. Last summer, Chicago, IL was one of the 18 locations to hold the simultaneous unconference, and the IPA was one of the lead supporters for this Illinois EdCamp for Leaders. 

Once again, Penn's Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Ed Leadership (@MCDPEL) will serve as lead organizer for this summer's EdCamp Leadership event. The goals is to continue supporting locations who want to 1) continue to be a part of the experience at a local level, but also to expand on last year's 18 locations and 1,800 attendees across the US, Chile and Chile.  Together with the help of over 200 organizers across the United States, we'll look to take the next step in making the #EdCampLdr experience one that is not only inspiring and innovative, but an opportunity to globalize our collective networks and bring the ed leadership field even closer together as it relates to our work for kids. The following topics were discussed on the embedded 25 minute clip above. 

Get Involved! 

  • Official Date: Monday, 7-11-16
  • Participation Goals: All 50 states, at least 10 countries, every ed leadership association and state department of education involved in some way. 
  • MCDPEL, NAESP and NASSP were official sponsors in 2015. We've put the word out to NAIS, ASCD, UCEA, NNSTOY as well as the U.S. Dept of Education to continue to build support and resources across all organizing teams. 
  • Synchronous and asynchronous livestreaming options for edleaders around the world to attend. 
  • Official Twitter handle remains @edcampldr, but locations are encouraged to build their own handles (i.e. @EdCampLdrPA, @EdCampLdrCA, etc) to organize local participants. Tickets will be created by organizers and will again be housed on a single site for easy one link access. 2016 EdCamp Leadership registration officially opens Tuesday, March 9, 2016 for all confirmed organizer locations. 
  • The official hashtag, #edcampldr, will continue to be used to discuss the event, gather support, sponsorships, build your network and identify common synergies in making the event as well-rounded as possible. 
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Topics: EdCamp, edcamp leadership

Superintendents to Host First 'EdCamp Leadership' of 2016

Posted by Joe Mazza

1/15/16 9:59 AM

If you are a school superintendent, you've probably heard by now that AASA, the School Superintendent's Association, is hosting their first EdCamp experience at the national conference February 12th in Phoenix, Arizona. If you are planning to attend, we want you to be part of the planning, propose a session, and/or or stop by the Innovations Lab powered by @MCDPEL's @MCiLAB. Provide your Voxer handle to this form to be added to the #iSupt Eduvoxers group, where you can connect with a group of reflective minds through asynchronous opportunities, when it works for you. Reach out with your Voxer handle to be added to this new "Think Tank" for School Supts. Register for the AASA Conference here. 

Following #NCE16, educational leaders will find more opportunities to professionally develop both themselves and organizational colleagues through unconference-inspired events on the following dates: 

  • February 11th in Phoenix, Arizona - #NCE16 (AASA Nat'l Conference).
  • February 25th in Orlando, Florida - Search hashtag #NASSP16 to see and follow who is going, and learn more. Register for NASSP's 2nd EdCamp Leadership event in two years here
  • July 5th in Washington, DC - Search #NAESP16 to see who is going and register for NAESP's first EdCamp here. Register for the conference here
  • July 11th - 50+ US and International locations for the 5th annual EdCamp Leadership event. Last year the location was extended beyond Philadelphia, with over 2,000 edleaders from 18 US, China and Chile locations. 
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Topics: NAESP, EdCamp, NASSP, edcamp leadership, aasa, nnstoy

Edcamp Foundation Announces Next Chapter Back Where It All Started

Posted by Joe Mazza

8/18/15 2:14 PM

On August 17th, Edcamp Executive Director Hadley Ferguson (@hadleyf) announced the Gates Foundation awarded the Edcamp Foundation a $2M grant to support the organization’s ongoing growth. Edcamp began here in Philadelphia in 2010 as a teacher-led, participant-driven, personal and professional development experience focused on teaching and learning. In five years, it has grown to from K-12 public school focused to a model for all types of schools including higher education, as the Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Ed Leadership held their first Program Edcamp last year. 

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Topics: EdCamp

Sustainable Networks Through #EdCamp, #EdSims & #FutureReady Summits

Posted by Joe Mazza

6/12/15 4:50 PM

Education leaders attending non-traditional conferences in growing numbers

On July 13, 2015, EdCamp Leadership events will take place in 17 different locations around the United States—as well as one location in South America. The movement, which was started by a group of Philadelphia educators in 2009, brings together educators for professional learning in an unconference format, with participants crafting the day’s agenda as the event begins. All EdCamps are FREE, so register soon before your event location fills to capacity.

Read more about the EdCamp movement.

The Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Ed Leadership (@MCDPEL) has been a partner of the EdCamp Foundation for the past several years, serving as host of this free annual summer event for school leaders in Philadelphia. During last year’s August 4th event, more than 250 educational leaders from nine states were in attendance, sparking a conversation on expanding the event across the country in order to provide more local opportunities for state departments of education, local associations, and those with limited resources and unable to travel.

According to Hadley Ferguson (@hadleyjf), Executive Director of the EdCamp Foundation, there have been over 700 EdCamps around the world since the movement launched in 2009. The non-profit is growing based on interest and funding support internationally, and she serves as the go-to supporter for EdCamp organizers everywhere.

On May 29th, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) hosted its second EdCamp in the last two years. The day brought together educators, leaders, parents and policymakers from around the country to engage in participant-driven, relationship-based professional development.

Richard Culatta snaps an end of day selfie with @MCDPEL’s new selfie stick at the U.S. Department of Education’s EdCampUSA.


A few highlights from 2015 EdCamps thus far…

    • National Association of Secondary School Principals (@NASSP) became the first professional organization to experience EdCamp firsthand. NASSP kicked off their annual conference by bringing leaders and board members together for a session.
    • The New York City Department of Education Principal Preparation Division hosted two highly attended EdCamps, further embedding these unconference-style adult learning events into their repertoire. Both the Thursday evening and Saturday morning EdCamps were highly attended by NYC education leaders and DOE staff. More on that experience including feedback from participants here.
    • At the National Association of Elementary Principals’ (@NAESP) National Conference this summer, there will be EdCamp express sessions built into the centrally located Innovations Lab schedule. Follow #NAESP15 for details. Check out this month’s Principal Magazine centered on Networks for School Leaders.

Is higher education preparing teachers and leaders for new trends in professional development?

What are teacher and leadership programs doing with students, staff and alumni to model unconference formats for teaching, learning and leadership? During the #EdCampUSA held last month at USDOE, Secretary of 

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Topics: EdCamp, Leadership Simulations, edtech, PELS, futureready, edsims, edcamp leadership

On Expanding EdCamp Leadership

Posted by Joe Mazza

9/12/14 12:53 PM


On Monday, August 4th, our program hosted the annual EdCamp Leadership experience. For those who haven't attended over the past since years of its existence, Edcamp Leadership (@EdCampLdr) is a free un-conference devoted to K-12 education issues and ideas. The goal of the day is to assemble forward-thinking school administrators, board of education members, classroom teacher leaders, parents/community members and anyone interested in K-12 education for a day of conversation, reflection and inspiration. The official website cn be found at edcampleadership.org

The experience brought together over 250 educational leaders from nine states for a free all-day conference. (Free thanks to the Program and supporting sponsors) Many, however, left many who attended wondering why we do not have more events like this in other parts of the country. There have been over 500 EdCamps around the world since the first event in 2009 here in Philadelphia. One of the goals of experiences like EdCamp or EdCamp Leadership is to motivate and inspire attendees to go back into their local learning organizations and create more participant (teacher) driven, relationship-based professional development experiences. 


Below are all 32 sessions held during EdCamp Leadership this year. Most are linked with a Google Doc of session notes (completed by participants) to give you a window into the discussion happening in each room.

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Topics: Innovation, Leadership, Conferences, School Leader Preparation, EdCamp, Personal Learning Network