Edcamp Leadership - St Louis

Edcamp Leadership - St Louis

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Why EdcampLDR?

Edcamp Leadership is a free unconference for school leaders devoted to K-12 education issues and ideas. Its goal is to assemble forward-thinking school administrators, the board of education members, classroom teacher leaders, parents/community members – anyone interested in K-12 education – for a day of conversation, reflection, and inspiration.

There are no keynotes. There is no preset agenda. Everything to be discussed that day is determined by the attendees themselves on the morning of the event.

If you’ve never been to an unconference, don’t worry. You’re virtually assured to leave at the end of the day renewed, invigorated and overflowing with ideas to bring back to your district.

How is that possible?

Most people say that the best part of “traditional” conferences is the conversation that occurs with fellow participants between sessions, or perhaps over lunch.

Now, imagine an entire CONFERENCE built around conversations – informal, small-group gatherings with honest, earnest discourse where the expertise is fully acknowledged to be IN THE ROOM – not just at the front of it.

THAT is an Edcamp. THAT is what makes the learning experience powerful. THAT is why you need to attend.

Who should come?

Think of this like a team event. A team event where a central office staff, school board, administrative team, and/or district leadership team all attends, learns, shares and collaborates on a vision for the future of their school or district. EdcampSTL supports teacher learning, this ConnectED Leader event is focused on educational leadership.

“Feel” of the day

Most sessions are unknown to us right now. The majority of sessions will be made up on the spot and done in an “unconference” style. The planning team has reached out to leaders in specific areas you mentioned and brought them to you. Don’t see something on the session board list, add it! Have an expertise to share, share it. The sessions will be discussion driven and conversation focused so no powerpoint/keynote slides necessary. As with all ConnectED Learning events, we will encourage the “rule of two feet.”

Rough Schedule of the day

8:00 - 8:30 - Breakfast, Check-in, and Kickoff

8:30 - 9:20 - Session 1

9:30 - 10:20 - Session 2

10:30 - 11:25 - Session 3

11:25 - 12:00 - Eval/Wrap up/Prizes

Earn graduate credit! 

Attend Edcamp Leadership, apply what you learned, and earn graduate credit through Lindenwood University! More details to come. 

KickstartED by Connected learning

KickstartED by Connected learning

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KickstartED is based on the amazingly successful StlSloup movement. KickstartED is a first of it's kind dinner that crowdfunds projects focused on innovations in education throughout the midwest region.

What does that mean?

KickstartED brings people together at a different venue, over a different dinner and a slate of community-based projects proposed by educators. For a donation of $10-20, you get heavy appetizers and a ballot to vote on the proposals. Vote for your favorite ideas, and the one with the most votes gets the money raised at the door!

Because Connected Learning is a 501(c)(3) KickstartED inputs are donated, every dollar raised at KickstartED goes directly to that night's winning idea. Even ideas that don’t win the cash pot still benefit from pitching their ideas, meeting interested attendees, and sometimes even sourcing what they needed, to begin with! We're excited to start KickstartED so presenters can have the benefit of possibly receiving extra in-kind support to fund their project from audience members who heard their idea and have something extra to give.

We're ready to raise tons of money to benefit innovation in education across our region!

Event Partners

CEAM: the Children's Education Alliance of Missouri is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that strives to advance innovative education policies and classroom practices. CEAM engages parents, teachers and community members to have their voices heard by education decision-makers.


UMSL College of Education: The College of Education at the University of Missouri St. Louis, is one of the state of Missouri's larger preparers of educators, and an education innovation hub bringing the best of what we know into one exciting learning space. Through our innovative programs, we are working to create synergistic relationship between practitioners, researchers, and education innovators. Practitioners include educators in formal and informal educational settings who support and influence children and youth. Scholars, while typically faculty, include others committed to a research-based approach to transforming youth learning outcomes. Education innovators are national and local practitioners, faculty, or others who take risks, try new things, invent or reinvent approaches that impact youth and educational systems in positive ways.