Professional development is essential for teacher success, so much so the Illinois State Board of Education requires 120 clock hours each five-year renewal cycle. Although conventional workshops are a requisite and are often fulfilling, there is a progressive genre of professional development emerging: EdCamps.
An EdCamp is a free, democratic, participant-driven workshop for K-12 educators worldwide. They are non-commercial, and are conducted with a vendor-free presence. Kaneland District 302 will be hosting its first #EdCamp302 on from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7 with registration through EventBrite.
Kaneland Director of Educational Services Dr. Sarah Mumm explained that it is a great opportunity to learn from others while receiving seven of the 24 required clock hours per year. “Registration is now open. The event includes free breakfast, lunch and raffle prizes — and a free Google ChromeBook giveaway.
Here is an excellent video explaining the process:
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This article was written by Ellen Kamps of the Kane County Regional Office of Education. For more information, visit the Kane County ROE website.