Surry County Schools recently hosted the region’s first EdCamp event at Meadowview Magnet Middle School, EdCampRFD.
EdCamps are internationally recognized events organized by educators.
“The format of EdCamps is unique compared to other forms of professional development,” the school system said in a written statement.
“First, they are free. There are no featured speakers, no presentations, and no vendors. In fact, there are no sessions planned in advance,” SCS said.
“Upon arrival, participants suggest ideas for topics they would like to have a conversation about and then break out into different rooms to share ideas and resources with fellow teachers and administrators. During the conversation, they work collaboratively to create notes and links to online resources for later reference.”
At the close of the event, participants gathered to share more resources and tools while winning door prizes donated by sponsors, both local and national.
The Sept. 17 event was organized by Lucas Gillispie, director of academic and digital learning for Surry County School, and Alicia Ray, lead digital learning and media innovation facilitator at Meadowview Magnet Middle School.
Gillispie and Ray have each attended more than ten EdCamps across the state and felt this region could benefit from such an event. Educators from Surry County Schools and surrounding areas attended, with participants from as far away as Raleigh and Chapel Hill.
EdCampRFD was an all-day event.
“Seeing the energy and enthusiasm of teachers and administrators made it all worthwhile,” Ray said.