Last summer Scott Schwister, Frank Hernandez, and I held the first Edcamp Minnesota at Hamline University with East Metro Integration District 6067 as our sponsor. We got such great feedback from that event that it was clear we had to do another one. Scott and I began planning (mostly Scott on this one) last fall and got East Metro Intermediate District 916 to host and sponsor it. Unbeknownst to us, Tom Brandt and Lisa Sjogren from the Osseo School District were also busy planning an edcamp in Brooklyn Park. So, Minnesota teachers have two opportunities to make it to an Edcamp. EdcampMSP in Brooklyn Park on June 2nd and EdcampMN on June 20th in Little Canada.
For those who are not familiar with the edcamp model, it is democratically selected teacher-led professional development. Attendees propose sessions and discussion topics, attendees vote, and the conference agenda is decided that day. Also, as was the case at our Edcamp last year, each of these events will be kicked off with a special keynote presenter. EdcampMPS will feature Brad Hosak from University of Minnesota’s Learning Technologies (LT) Media Lab and EdcampMN will feature Ira Socol who is an educational researcher at Michigan State University focusing on Universal Design and the history and structures of education.
Registration for both events is free and just like last year there will be a graduate credit option available for teachers who want to take advantage of it. Registration is open now for both events. I hope to see you there.