“[Edcamps are] soul-refilling, a booster shot, a way to realize you’re not alone.” —Robert Dillon, Edcamp STL
Your $250 donation launches one new Edcamp, gifting an inspiring day of free learning, support, and community to 100+ passionate teachers.
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Help us spread a movement
Today, more than 150,000 educators in all 50 states and 40+ countries have attended an Edcamp.
I helped organize the very first Edcamp in Philadelphia eight years ago. Over 100 K-12 teachers from different schools showed up on a Saturday morning to help each other become better teachers.
Teachers left buzzing from how much they’d learned. One educator told me, “this was the best day of training I’ve had in 20 years.”
The Edcamp movement has grown organically from that first event. We’ve come a long way in eight years, but there are still so many more teachers who need this. To reach them, we need your help.
Help us launch 200 new Edcamps. That’s 200 days of empowering professional development for thousands of teachers next year.
The problem with traditional PD
Every parent wants to see their kid in a class with a passionate teacher. So why don’t we invest in developing those teachers?
If you’ve been an educator, you’re familiar with Professional Development (PD). It’s the ongoing training teachers are supposed to get from schools so we can do our jobs better.
The problem is: PD often falls flat.
At its worst, teachers are forced to listen to a generic Powerpoint from an uninformed, so-called “expert.” No teacher participation. No nuanced-understanding of our kids. Just “sit-and-get.”
Edcamp empowers educators
At Edcamp, teachers take ownership over what they need to learn and make lifelong friends in the process.
- Teacher voice: Anyone can suggest a session on what they want to learn
- Teacher choice: Vote with your feet. Session not meeting your needs? Stand up and find another.
- Experience, not experts: More conversations, less planned presentations.
- Community: It’s not just about training. It’s about connecting with a supportive community of other passionate educators.
How you can help
Edcamps are free and open to all. They’re organized by educators volunteering their time. And the first-time/early Edcamps need your help to get off the ground.
- Donate — With a $250 donation, you fund one of these weekend events for 100+ teachers.
- Share your Edcamp story — If Edcamp has left an impact on you and your profession, tell the world. Share this campaign. Help us help more teachers.
- Organize an Edcamp — Find resources to host your own Edcamp here!
Thank you for your time and support. And thank you to the hundreds of Edcamp organizers worldwide who push forward this important work.
Hadley Ferguson, Executive Director
And the Board Members of the Edcamp Foundation: Kari Stubbs, Adam Bellow, Betsy Longstreth, Kevin Huynh, Kari Stubbs, Meenoo Rami, Michael Klein, Anthony Veneziale, Philip Fisher
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Your tax-deductible donation goes to the Edcamp Foundation, a 501(c) 3 Non-Profit dedicated to spreading the Edcamp movement. Our mission is to build and support communities that empower educators.
Money raised from this campaign will go towards programs like Edcamp-in-a-box which provide money and supplies to help Edcamp organizers host their first events.
Learn more about the foundation’s work at edcamp.org.