Elon hosts 'Edcamp' for area educators
The School of Education hosted Edcamp Elon, a participant-driven professional development event, on April 19.
More than 120 educators from across North Carolina—including many alumni—visited Elon University on April 19, 2014, to take part in Edcamp Elon, a free, non-traditional professional development experience.
Launched in 2010, "Edcamps" are a grassroots model of professional learning that has become increasingly popular in recent years. More than 500 Edcamps have now been held according to the Edcamp Foundation's website. Unlike traditional conferences with schedules set months in advance, Edcamps have an agenda created by the participants at the start of the event. Sessions are meant to be discussion based and build upon the shared expertise present in the room.
Saturday's event included more than 21 breakout sessions on a variety of topics, ranging from differentiation to makerspaces. Current Elon School of Education students, faculty and alumni took part alongside teachers, principals, and other educators mainly from the Triad, Triangle and Charlotte-Mecklenburg regions.
Edcamp Elon was planned by educators from the Alamance Burlington Schools System, Cumberland County Schools, Guilford County Schools, Moore County Schools, Orange Country Schools and the Elon University School of Education, and was co-sponsored by the School of Education, among others.