FARMINGTON — Mt. Blue Campus will open its doors to the second annual EdCamp Western Maine on Saturday, Feb. 6, a day of free professional development organized by educators for educators, community members and stakeholders in learning.

EdCamp Western Maine is fueled by the belief that educators have a tremendous amount to learn from one another and simply need more opportunities to do so. Unlike typical education conferences, EdCamps are programmed the day of the event, with participants deciding the topics they would like to discuss and explore upon arrival. There are no keynote speakers, no sit-and-get sessions, no awards or recognition ceremonies.

Instead, the day might be filled with assessment and engagement strategies, discussion of poverty and the impact on learning, literacy interventions and book talks, design thinking and gamification, networking and collaborating, questioning and exploring, and whatever else those in attendance need to learn and want to share.

All stakeholders in education are welcome at EdCamp Western Maine. Last year, classroom educators and district administrators were joined by home-schoolers and pre-service educators, college professors and school board members.  Organizers hope to have an even more diverse range of participants on Feb. 6.

The day starts at 8 a.m. with coffee and pastries sponsored by the Maine Education Association. Two sessions in the morning are followed by a networking lunch sponsored by JumpRope, a student achievement tracking application.

The event is catered by Foster Regional Applied Technology Center’s Culinary Arts program, providing students an opportunity to hone their skills with a real client. A third session follows lunch and then door prizes for all present participants.

EdCamp Western Maine is a free education conference for teachers, ed techs, administrators, post-secondary faculty, librarians, pre-service educators, community organizers, home schools, and anyone who considers one’s self an educator. Preregistration encouraged as space is limited.

FMI, register: www.edcampwme.org, www.facebook.com/edcampwme/?fref=ts.


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