From Portland to Pittsburgh, Seattle to Stockholm, Abu Dhabi to Atlanta, and in hundreds of towns and cities around the globe, authentic professional learning is energizing educators. Edcamps—participatory, teacher-driven professional learning events — are multiplying on a national and international scale, creating local and global communities of passionate educators.

The first Edcamp was organized by a group of teachers who came together in Philadelphia in May 2010 for BarCamp, a computer science unconference. At BarCamp, people create discussion sessions on the day of the event based on the interests in the room. The...

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  • About the Author:

    Kristen Swanson is the founder of the Edcamp movement and co-wrote the book The Edcamp Model: Powering Up Professional Learning with Kevin Jarrett and Dan Callahan. She has worked as a teacher, administrator and curriculum writer, and she speaks internationally about instructional design in both face-to-face and online spaces. She currently works for BrightBytes to help people learn better using technology.