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Resources for Organizing an Edcamp

Organizing an Edcamp? Kristen Swanson, chair of the Edcamp Foundation Partner Program, has curated resources from Edutopia and across the web to help you on your journey.

March 24, 2014 Updated April 12, 2016

Need some help getting started? The Edcamp Foundation can help! Visit the website for the Edcamp Foundation to learn more about hosting or attending an Edcamp event!

What is Edcamp?

  • Edcamp: Innovation in Professional Development (Getting Smart, 2012)

    In this interview with Getting Smart, teacher, Edcamper, and learner Kristen Swanson describes how the Edcamp movement began.

  • Why Edcamp? (Edutopia, 2013)

    Swanson discusses characteristics of Edcamps, what takes place during Edcamp sessions, and the positive, personal outcomes for educators.

  • EdCamp (Bill Selak, 2012)

    Teachers explain what to expect from an Edcamp in this promotional video. For more specifics about schedule and format, you may also want to check out Mike Caulfield's Common-Craft-style video, "What is an Edcamp?"

Planning an Edcamp

Sponsors and Finances

Organizers discuss finding sponsors, fundraising, securing supplies, and managing finances for Edcamps.

Edcamp in a Box

Get everything you need to run your Edcamp event at no cost from the Edcamp Foundation. Visit the website for the Edcamp Foundation to sign up for your Edcamp in a Box.

Suggestions for Finding Additional Monetary Donations
  • Go to local education organizations (e.g. state ISTE affiliates, unions).
  • Ask local foundations.
  • Organizers have found that local funders are much more likely to give a monetary donation.
Sample Letters Asking for Donations

Running an Edcamp at Your School

Edutopia blogger Andrew Marcinek gives us a personal perspective on how the Edcamp model changed his professional focus and provides examples of how he's adapted this model for staff, students, and community.

Principal Joe Mazza explains how he set up an Edcamp-style in-service day for the teachers at his Philadelphia elementary school.

An Unconference Approach to Professional Development (Burlington High Principal's Blog, 2010)

Principal Patrick Larkin writes about the experience of organizing teacher-centered, Edcamp-style professional development at Burlington High School in Massachusetts.

People to Follow on Twitter for Running an Edcamp at Your School:

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