• 2017 Summer Conference

EdCamp Sessions

  • The UT/TASA Summer Conference on Education will use an EdCamp format for two sessions on Monday, June 26. An EdCamp approach, often referred to as an “un-conference,” puts participants at the center of the agenda’s design.
     
    8:30-10:45 a.m. | EdCamp Primer
    Be sure to be on time for the TASA Governmental Relations Briefing general session at 8:30 a.m. Before the briefing begins, we’ll provide a primer that will help you make the most of the day’s EdCamp activities. Then, after the briefing by the lobby team, you’ll get to participate in the first EdCamp session on a topic of your choice.

    11-11:45 a.m. | EdCamp Topics/Rooms to be Posted
    EdCamp Session 1 on the Topic of Your Choice

    4:15-5 p.m. | EdCamp Topics/Rooms to be Posted
    EdCamp Session 2 on the Topic of Your Choice
     

    How does EdCamp work?

    1. At the beginning of the day, participants generate a topic list associated with the overall theme of the conference (in this case, public education policy and advocacy) that they would be interested in exploring in a large group conversation. These topics are added to large pieces of chart paper posted around the room.

    2. Participants also indicate the topics for which they would be comfortable serving as a session facilitator.

    3. Conference organizers (TASA staff, in this case), assemble a schedule based on these topic lists.

    4. Participants choose which session they want to attend so they can join the conversation on a particular topic. Each EdCamp session lasts around 45 minutes.

    Who will facilitate the EdCamp sessions?


    Any attendee can be a facilitator! Facilitating an EdCamp session is different than leading a traditional conference session; you are the head conversationalist—responsible for getting the conversation started and prompting participants to share their thoughts and experiences related to the topic. You are responsible for simply moving the conversation forward and helping to monitor the time during the session.
     
    There’s no presentation to prepare or materials to gather. You don’t even have to be the expert on the topic. You just have to be yourself and make sure that everyone who wants to add to the conversation has the chance to be heard by the group.