Had the pleasure of spending Saturday with almost 300 passionate educators at what is known as Edcamp New Jersey. There were many new teachers in attendance and all raved about the experience.
Surely you must be wondering - what's an Edcamp? Edcamps are free, user-driven (i.e., "Do It Yourself") PD events that attract the most interesting, fun and inquisitive educators anywhere for a memorable day of conversation about professional practice, technology tools, and anything else education related.
This blog post has great info:
There have also been EXCELLENT articles shared here on Edutopia about Edcamps but rather than bury this post with links I'll just refer to one more - the list of upcoming Edcamps:
Several of us active here on Edutopia are active in the Edcamp movement and help plan these events all the time. Me, Mary Beth Hertz, Kristen Swanson, Dan Callahan, Lisa Dabbs, there are more I'm surely forgetting ... bottom line ... for a new teacher trying to find their way, Edcamps can be extremely powerful!
Full disclosure: I, Mary Beth, Kristen and Dan are all members of the Edcamp Foundation (edcamp.org), a non-profit we and others created to promote this concept for educators everywhere!