So what would encourage close to 150 people to leave their homes on a Saturday morning in May to attend an event that promised no notable keynote speakers, no recognizable workshop offerings and no promise of publisher prize bags? How could a simple website, a few tweets or, in some cases, the prodding of another colleague get so many to commit to something which, admittedly, seems to be a little vague and undefined.
Yet, since 2011, that's exactly what's been happening right across Canada, in communities both large and small! And it's what is about to happen again in Mississauga on May 14, 2016.
As a participant, an organizer and a supporter of the EdCamp movement I think that both the appeal and the success of EdCamp comes down to one thing—the ability to have the conversations that participants really want to have.
At its most fundamental level, the EdCamp concept and format gives voice to the passion and energy that exists at the grassroots of this profession. It speaks to the need and the desire to engage teachers, administrators, parents and community members in the types of conversations into which we're not traditonally invited. It's about stepping away from the agendae that have been set for us by others to create a place for alternative ideas and alternative questions.
Back in 2011, after the first Canadian EdCamp was organized in Vancouver, many people assumed that the movement would be a flash in the pan, fizzling out after a year or two. But, it's a movement that continues to be energized and enacted at the grassroots level and, if the continued proliferation of EdCamps is any indication, it's a movement that will continue to resonate, representing an alternative way of talking about education and citizenship within this place we call school!
So, welcome to EdCamp905 and stay tuned to this space for more information on the format for the day, how you can help prepare the agenda for the day as well as ways that you can plug into the energy before and after the event.
This is EdCamp905 and you're now officially part of it!