EdCamp JoCo, a half-day planned for and devoted to personalized learning for educators, was held on Saturday, Nov. 4, at West Johnston High School.
It was a huge success. More than 100 educators participated in a day of networking and self-directed, professional growth. Most attendees were Johnston County Public School teachers and administrators. However, there were representatives from neighboring districts such as Wake, Cumberland, and Orange Counties. Visitors remarked upon the organization and success of the event. There was an aura of enthusiasm felt throughout the day.
Since our last EdCamp in March, it was evident that our district has taken a collective step in the right direction. Our capacity has improved. Saturday's conversations were deeper rooted in innovation. Discussion topics included robotics, makerspaces, blended learning, coding, Genius Hour, and helping students develop a passion for reading.
We weren't discussing yesterday's classrooms. We were discussing tomorrow's classrooms. The classrooms of 2020 were our focus. JoCo educators have grown so much in the past few months. Our pedagogy is solidifying. We are not satisfied merely defending the status quo. We are becoming a community of risk-takers, dedicated to building better relationships within our schools. We want more for our students!
It is so encouraging to see how far we've come in such a short time. I cannot wait to see where we go next. If what I saw on Saturday is an indication of our progress as a whole, we are in store for a marvelous journey. See you at the next EdCamp JoCo!