nErD Camp MI
July 11-12 in Parma, MI
Remember our awesome day of PD where we created our own sessions and attended whatever we wanted? Imagine creating and attending sessions with authors, teachers, librarians, and all those “Nerdy Book Club” gurus... at a FREE conference!*
Keep reading to learn more about my experience at Nerd Camp and how you can join in the fun.
*Travel expenses & hotel not included.
What is it? A FREE Two-day (Un)conference
Day 1 is like a regular conference with predetermined sessions with a range of topics for a variety of grade levels. (You can find the sessions they have so far here.) Simply choose a session and go to it. Not your style? Vote with your feet and leave early for something else (and, yes, it happens a lot).
Day 2 is where we get to decide. Any conference attendee can suggest a session, and it is added to the schedule.
- Have you heard about great things happening via Twitter?
- Want to continue a conversation from the previous day?
- Need book ideas or ways to integrate technology?
If you don’t feel ready to suggest a session, choose from one of the other ones listed.
nErD Camp MI
Monday, July 11th, 9am to Tuesday, July 12th, 4pm
Western High School, 1400 S. Dearing Rd., Parma, Michigan, 49269
Never attending a conference (or unconference) before, I was so nervous. What do I wear? What do I bring? Is this going to be terrible because I don't know anyone? I was going on this journey alone.
On that Monday morning, I packed my teacher bag with iPad, phone, and a book (It IS a education conference, after all!) and set off for Western High School in Parma, which is basically the middle of nowhere. Imagine PVJH years ago with woods surrounding the area. When I finally got there, I took a deep breath and made my way inside, calmed by all the sidewalk drawings saying "Welcome to Nerd Camp!" and the colorful banner hanging from the entrance.
After waiting in line and striking up a conversation with the woman next to me, a seasoned kindergarten teacher who was also a Nerd Camp first-timer, I headed straight for the coffee booth with my new buddy. Then we made our way into the auditorium for the opening Nerd Talks. I listened to author Lisa Graff, a Parma elementary school principal dedicated to creating a culture of readers, and teachers such as Pernille Ripp, Ruth Ayres, and Donalyn Miller. Check out Pernille Ripp's opening speech below. (Via YouTube)
If you would like to know more about which specific sessions I attended, I can (try) to share my notes with you, just let me know!
Nerd Camp inspired me to keep talking about books this year. I realized how easy it was to contact authors and connect with other teachers. I certainly feel my students benefited from my experience this year. The greatest impact to my class would have to be our author connections, many of whom I either met or heard at Nerd Camp. Those authors motivated the class to become better readers and writers. We, as a class, are excited about reading new books, and I love being a part of that community.
Jennifer L. Holm
Author of Babymouse, The Fourteenth Goldfish, Turtle in Paradise, and many more.
So many just showed up without being on the official list. Click here to see who's "officially" coming in 2016!
Author of Scrambled States of America and Arnie the Doughnut series.
I will be back in the Quad Cities July 8-10, and I'm planning on driving up to Parma on Sunday, July 10. I've already recruited a couple of people to attend Nerd Camp with me, but I encourage you to join us! We can add a couple people to our vehicle, or you can caravan with us. Typically, I make the trip to Michigan by myself, so the more company, the better. We would like to book hotel rooms before the end of the school year, so email me if you are interested.
To register, and for more information about all the Nerd Camp happenings, follow the link below.
Can't go, but want to know more? Follow @nErDCampMI and #nErDCampMI on Twitter.
Other Stuff at NerdCamp!
- Most Likely to Succeed documentary (Sunday night) - free
- NerdRun (5K) - entry fee
- Nerdy Brunch (donation encouraged)
- Nerdy Party (social dinner) - ticket covers food
- Art auction - buy chances for illustrator artwork
- Apparel - order ahead of time
- Free stuff (books, stickers, bookmarks, an more)