Trying to explain ParentCamp to someone who has never been to an EdCamp or unconference? Here’s a quick trailer from the U.S. Department of Education.
The ParentCamp experience, by design, is a hybrid “un-conference” opportunity for parents and teachers to come together and model the four core beliefs highlighted in Beyond the Bakesale. The experience levels the playing field, putting all stakeholders in a circle for actual, face-to-face discussion about what is best for kids. It’s important to understand the difference between a traditional conference and the un-conference feel we worked to bring to ParentCamp.
On Saturday, April 27, 2013, @KnappElementary hosted the first Parent Camp “unconference” for parents and educators. It’s called an unconference because the event relies upon the expertise and perspective of the entire room, not just the main presenter like the typical stand and deliver conference. Every adult within the session brings an important and unique perspective to contribute to sharing strategies and ideas to benefit student learning, teaching and parenting.
There are “discussion leaders” in each session who set the tone for collaborative dialogue led by teachers, parents, school and community leaders. Sessions are geared toward elementary, middle and/or high school parents.
Like EdCamp, ParentCamp is always FREE and open to those within the nearby community as long as space permits. Costs for refreshments and swag are offset by sponsors and donations. Student participation including opportunities to lead student voice sessions, serving as tour guides, hosting bakesales and providing childcare is encouraged.
Related FCE Resources:
U.S. DOE’s ParentCamp information page including future events that support this work here.
- Recap from the first ParentCampUSA (October, 2015) from KY Parent Leader Julia Pile.
- Recap of the #ParentCampUSA event via US DOE’s Vicki Myers and Carrie Jasper
- Attendee Facebook Posts reflecting on the #ParentCampUSA event.