edcamps are organic, participant-driven professional learning experiences for educators across the country and worldwide!

Each edcamp is independently organized and hosted, is free to participants, bringing together passionate educators for a day of learning and growth. The conferences are participant-driven with the sessions developed and facilitated by the people who are attending and leverage social media to involve remote attendees.


From issues ranging from an increased insecurity for immigrant families, to widespread Islamophobia, to attacks on democratic reliance on our free press, public education, truth, civility, women, and LGBT communities, the question becomes “How are progressive educators going to imagine and energize the role of schooling towards the vital creation of democratic understandings, institutions and citizenry?

The democratic principles of progressive education have never felt more important and critical to families and students today. Community, voice, play, choice, observation, learning by doing – these beliefs within the context of our world and society are some of the principles the original progressive thinkers espoused.

progressive education NY is a day of collaboration and learning that seeks to build a shared understanding of these principles and what they look like in practice in our classrooms and schools today. It is a day grounded in progressive pedagogy and practice with a critical lens focused on access, equity and activism.


The Progressive Education Network of New York(PENNY) connects public, independent, charter, and teacher education schools and individuals of the greater metropolitan area to advance progressive pedagogy and promote equity, access, and social justice.

Through collaboration, advocacy and action, our driving purpose is to strengthen and broaden the impact of progressive education in the face of increasing challenges to full access to quality inclusive schooling.

In October 2015, the Progressive Education Network (PEN) hosted a conference on “Access, Equity, and Activism: Teaching the Possible.”  Spurred by this conference, Manhattan Country School, Castle Bridge School, and Bank Street College began a partnership to create a progressive education collaborative, named PENNY, consisting of public, charter and independent progressive schools and teacher education programs in and around New York City.

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The goal of the session-building process is to give every person in attendance the ability to shape the learning that happens over the course of the edcamp. Providing unrestricted access to the session board fosters the type of professional empowerment that supports what teachers can sustainably learn from each other. As you encourage folks to post session on the board, remember to tell them that you can post topics you’d like to share [yellow post-its] OR learn about [orange post-its]. You don’t need to be an expert on a topic to run a session. In fact, some of the best sessions are those where you can get feedback and resources from your peers about something that interests you.

— The Edcamp Model: Powering Up Professional Learning

In addition to the rich conversation that will take place in the sessions, we hope that you’ll extend the reach and impact of these conversations via social media. Please use the hashtags: #edcampPENY #pennyaction




Michelle Fine is a Professor in the Psychology & Urban Education programs at the CUNY Graduate Center. A social psychologist, her primary research interest is the study of social injustice: when injustice is perceived or appears simply fair or deserved, when it is resisted, and how it is negotiated by those who pay the most serious price for social inequities. She studies these issues in her work with public high schools, prisons, and youth in urban communities, using both qualitative and quantitative methods. Her research is typically participatory, with youth and/or activists, drawing from feminist, critical race, and other critical theories.


10:15-11:15 SESSION ONE

11:30-12:30 SESSION TWO


Continue the conversation/learning over lunch at one of the many local restaurants in the area.


The Law of Two Feet means you take responsibility for what you care about — standing up for that and using your own two feet to move to whatever place you can best contribute and/or learn.

Four principles apply to how you navigate in edcamp space:

Whoever comes is the right people

Whoever is attracted to the same conversation are the people who can contribute most to that conversation—because they care. So they are exactly the ones—for the whole group– who are capable of initiating action.

Whatever happens is the only thing that could’ve

We are all limited by our own pasts and expectations.  This principle acknowledges we’ll all do our best to focus on NOW– the present time and place– and not get bogged down in what could’ve or should’ve happened.

When it starts is the right time

The creative spirit has its own time, and our task is to make our best contribution and enter the flow of creativity when it starts.

When it’s over, it’s over

Creativity has its own rhythm.  So do groups.  Just a reminder to pay attention to the flow of creativity — not the clock.  When you think it is over, ask: Is it over?  And if it is, go on to the next thing you have passion for.  If it’s not, make plans for continuing the conversation.

Brave Space Guidelines

  • What is said here stays here; what is learned here, leaves here
  • Be fully present: Engage in critical dialogue through conscious questioning and active listening.
  • Participate at your own comfort level, but push yourself; the most learning happens when we are a little bit uncomfortable.
  • Notice your own defensive reactions and attempt to use these reactions as entry points for gaining deeper self-knowledge.
  • It’s ok for us all to be at different places with the things we discuss today.
  • Show respect for one another’s beliefs, values, and experiences. Strive for humility.
  • Share air time
  • Attend to personal anecdotal evidence but also look at broader societal patterns.

Adapted from DiAngelo & Sensoy, 2014


Sat, May 20, 2017

8:30 AM – 1:00 PM EDT


Bayard Rustin Educational Complex

351 W 18th Street

New York, NY 10011

Tenets of Edcamp

  • Free
  • Open to everyone
  • Created by participants on the day of the edcamp
  • Sessions facilitated by anyone – experience not experts
  • Reliant on the “rule of two feet” that empowers everyone to find session that meet their needs
  • Vendor-free events
  • edcamp anti-harassment policy


What does it cost?

Edcamps are always free to participants.  Organizers find sponsors that will cover the costs of things like refreshments and materials.

Who should attend?

Anyone interested in education is welcome to attend. Edcamps are professional development opportunities that are created by teachers for teachers, but all people who are stakeholders in education are welcome. If you’re a teacher, administrator, education student, or simply someone with a genuine interest in teaching and learning, please join us.

What is the format?

Edcamps are unconferences. Yep, that’s right, Edcamps are not conferences! Organizers set the schedule for the day but all sessions are determined by participants on the day of the event. Everyone is welcome to propose and lead a session where conversation and collaboration are paramount. The day is completely participant-driven.

Do I have to  present?

You do not need to present when you attend an Edcamp. However, anyone with a good idea is encouraged to lead a conversation.  Edcamp is all about learning and sharing. You are welcome to propose a session where you are the expert or to propose a session where you are the one with questions or concerns. Sometimes the best learning is born of informal conversation.

Do I have to be a techie?

Absolutely not! Edcamps are for everyone that wants to learn and share. You’ll see most educators at Edcamps using some kind of device to view the session board, take collaborative notes, tweet about the experience and on occasion, share via live video. This is not a requirement……just a reflection of the times. Sessions are determined by the participants at each individual Edcamp. If the see that reflected throughout the day.

What do I bring?  Bring an excitement for learning.  Like any conference you should come prepared to take notes in any fashion you like.  Most Edcamps have WiFi access, so you can bring mobile devices or laptops.  Paper and a pencil will also work just fine. Bring anything you would like to make your day meaningful.

Smackdown? What’s a smackdown?

Smackdown is a fast-paced opportunity for sharing. People volunteer to share a tech tool, teaching tip, book recommendation, or anything else they’d like to share with the group about dynamic teaching and learning. You come to the front of the room, give a quick 1-2 minute pitch, share any pertinent information (URL’s, titles, etc), and then it is added to a shared document that you can reference later. You’ll leave with a ton of information and great tips!

How can I be a part of the action?

Once you’ve registered, you can offer to volunteer the day of the event. It’s a great way to meet new people. You can also tweet using the hashtag for the Edcamp you are attending.  After the Edcamp, keep the conversations going through blogging, meet ups or bringing this type of professional development to your school. The Edcamp Foundation is happy to help you with this.

How will I know if there will be other teachers in my discipline attending?

The best way to be sure that other educators in your discipline are attending is to invite them!  Every Edcamp hopes for a diverse group of educators, however, the most important piece for attendees is that they are ready to learn and share great ideas.

What will I take away?

We’re certain you’ll take away a host of great ideas, new resources and add a few new members to your Personal Learning Network. .

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