Is trying an EdCamp one of your new year’s resolutions? CathEdCampSF, a free conference for all teachers, administrators and everyone involved in education comes to St. Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco on Saturday, 14 February 2015.
(San Francisco, CA) January 14, 2015
Registration is now open for the first annual Catholic EdCamp San Francisco, CathEdCampSF, using the link http://catholicedcampsf.eventbrite.com.
CathEdCampSF (http://www.cathedcampsf.wordpress.com), an education conference like no other, will be held at St. Ignatius College Preparatory on Saturday, February 14th. A continental breakfast will be hosted by EduScape and ChoiceLunch. ChoiceLunch will also sponsor a lunch for all attendees. Please check the website for the latest information.
The conference will be free from corporate vendors and booths, with the focus being solely on conversations about education. The structure of the conference is very informal, with attendees signing up to run sessions first thing in the morning. While this conference is presented by Catholic school educators, everyone interested in education is welcome to attend. Attendees will come from all over the Bay Area and may range from classroom teachers to administrators to coaches as well as parents, students and school board members. There will be time for attendees to gather informally to share ideas as well as a variety of sessions for them to attend, run by their colleagues and fellow educators. While the conference is free registration is required (http://catholicedcampsf.eventbrite.com).
This first-annual event is based on the barcamp model, also known as an unconference (http://barcamp.org). An unconference is:
- an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment; and
- a conversational event featuring discussions, demos and interactions between participants, rather than a group of people listening to a particular speaker.
The organizers of CathEdCampSF first met during a Twitter chat in October 2014. They formed a committee led by Ken Willers, Principal of School of the Madeleine in Berkeley, and met using Google hangouts throughout the winter. Most of the organizers have attended an edcamp previously and fell in love with the model and its potential for teacher professional development.
The inaugural edcamp event was held in May 2010 in Philadelphia. Since that time, there have been over 200 edcamp events held throughout the world. The vision of the Edcamp Foundation is to “promote organic, participant-driven professional development for K-12 educators worldwide.” The first edcamps that were held in languages other than English were edcamp Stockholm on October 31, 2011 (in Swedish) and edcampMontreal on November 1, 2011 (in French).
CathEdCampSF is completely free. With the possibility of more than 100 attendees, the organizers are looking for local businesses who may be interested in being featured in the conference literature. Those interested in being a sponsor can make donations and/or contact Anne Schaefer-Salinas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information about this event, contact Anne Schaefer-Salinas at email@example.com or visit cathedcampsf.wordpress.com.
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submitted by Debbie Hurtado