Michelle Lewis is the Director of Professional Growth and Evaluation at Puget Sound ESD in Renton. Follow her on Twitter @mlewiswa.
Over the past year, I started hearing about the Edcamp movement, a participant led one-day conference and I was intrigued. Unlike traditional conferences, Edcamps are loosely organized, cost nothing, feature not a single keynote speaker and give participants as much opportunity to discuss topics as presenters.
Here is how my day at Edcamp Portland went. The schedule and topics were collaboratively organized on the morning of the event. Anyone could to suggest a topic. Most participants were teachers.