The Panhandle Area Educational Consortium is partnering with Chipola College to bring a new and innovative form of professional learning, known as Edcamp, to educators across the panhandle. Edcamp PAEC-Chipola will be held on the Chipola College campus on December 3, 2016 from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

Edcamps, which are unconference experiences, are currently sweeping the nation. The events are driven by a singular vision to “create a network of educators dedicated to participant-driven, professional development that enhances student learning.” There is no cost to participate and the only requirement is that participants bring excitement for learning to this event where teaching and learning will be the focus.

What will happen at Edcamp? Participants will gather in the Cultural Center at Chipola to generate a list of learning-focused topics or questions they want to discuss or learn more about. Anyone who attends may propose and/or volunteer to facilitate a session where conversation and collaboration will be paramount. Participants select from among the proposed sessions and gather with others who are interested in the same topic for a given period of time. During sessions, participants will share with each other or merely choose to listen in. Participants typically leave Edcamp with great teaching ideas such as model lessons, hands-on math or science activities, writing activities, reading lessons, great teaching apps, or strategies proven to work in a similar classroom having students with similar demographics.

According to Ben Owens and David Strahan (2016) in an article recently published in The Learning Forward Journal, “when peers collaborate, share ideas, learn together, offer one another critical and constructive feedback, and take a genuine interest in developing each other as professionals, everyone benefits.” Edcamps provide this collaborative opportunity and when teachers across districts share their best practices it can broaden the reach of teaching excellence and benefit more students. All educators are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to learn through networking and collaboration with fellow educators from across the panhandle. To get your free admission ticket go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/edcamp-paec-chipola-tickets-28421721133. If you have questions, please e-mail Brenda Crouch at crouchb@paec.org or Pam Rentz at rentzp@chipola.edu.