A professional development event for teachers, run by teachers? How does that happen? Well, EdCampKC is how it happens. I am an instructional technology specialist with the Lee’s Summit School District. I am one of the organizers for EdCampKC, an “unconference” that is happening Saturday Nov. 6 at the UCMO Summit Center campus in Lee’s Summit.
What’s an “unconference” you ask? It is a gathering of educators from across Missouri and the Midwest who are coming together to put on an attendee-driven professional development event. The sessions are not organized ahead of time. That’s right, you’re coming not fully aware of what you’re going to learn that day. Guess who the presenters are? YOU! Yes, when I say, “attendee driven,” that means we’ll need several people to volunteer to present something during the day. It can be a formal presentation that you’ve given before or it can be more informal, like a conversation. It’s up to you. These presentations will all be decided within the first hour of the event during our kickoff/networking time. Then the organizers will post all the presentation topics for everyone to choose the sessions they’d like to attend at each designated session time.
This event is 100 percent, completely free! There is no registration fee to attend EdCampKC. All cost associated with the event will be covered by sponsors. Some sponsors are individuals and others are corporate sponsors. There will be no vendors selling anything at EdCampKC either. We certainly will give recognition to these sponsors the day of the event and many have also provided great items to giveaway throughout the day. One sponsor’s donation is going to cover the cost to provide breakfast and lunch for all attendees! Bonus!
Please visit the EdCampKC wiki. There you will find information including registration, lodging and be able to learn more about the “unconference” model of professional development. Also, be sure to follow the #EdCampKC hashtag on Twitter for updates and information about the event!
It’s going to be a great day of networking and learning!
By: Kyle Pace