Motivation: What is the inspiration for this project? Why did you choose this project? Why is it important to you? I was a teenage Communist. In 1985, my senior year of high school, as an act of rebellion I joined the local Communist Party. For my 20% project I want to radicalize education. I want to figuratively throw my wooden shoe, sabot, into the workings of how the bosses run my school. I want the workers to rise up and have a voice. I want brother and sister educators to stand together, arm in arm, and unite in their voices. As one, teachers will proudly say, “Our District has no Professional Develop” and together we will march against the tyranny of Reform Du Jour. Let us walk, victorious, under the banner of Edcamps!
The problem is simple, my district has no clear leadership. Because of this there is no clear follow through in any professional development session that they host. The bosses say what we will be doing for our PD days. We, the teachers, attended. Then the day is over and teachers get back to work. Last year my district even hired Alan November to speak. This is a big name. November spoke. It was a great day, one day. There was no follow up. This lack of professional development needs to change and I want the bring that change. I also want every other member of my staff to help change professional development, too. Working as a team my school site will embrace using the Edcamp model for PD. My school has very bright and passionate workers. Every teacher has at least six years of a college education. This is a informed staff that works well as a team. Yet, every school year we must trodd to the latest and greatest new PD session, never to speak of it again. Why does a group of isolated bosses think they know how to make a better product than the workers. Give the workers, educators, a voice in the production process and the quality of the product will improve. Workers with a voice and choice will lead to greater success in manufacturing, the creation of students with college and career readiness. How will the model of professional development move from the 19 century? Edcamps puts the power of Professional Development in the hands of the workers.