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My ParentCamp partner-in-crime and @KnappElementary H&S President Gwen Pescatore (@gpescatore25) and I have been been working on a “one stop shop” for educators, leaders and parents to have everything they need to host their own #ParentCamp event. The idea of “ParentCamp” became crystal clear after I attended EdCamp Philly and EdCamp Leadership a few years back, and all credit for the creation and success of ParentCamp should be attributed to the EdCamp Foundation and original planning team of trailblazers like Mary Beth Hertz, Kim Sivick, Kristen Swanson, Ann Leaness, Mike Ritzius, Hadley Ferguson, Kevin Jarrett, Dan Callahan, Christine Miles, Robert Rowe and the many other inspirers that have come after them as EdCamps occur weekly around the world.
Imagining parent and staff implications back in our school community has been an evolution and a testament to identifying the current culture of our home-school partnership then adapting ParentCamp to best meet the needs of that already established culture . To date we’ve learned of 8 different “#parentcamp events” – defined as modeling the 4 core beliefs of home-school partnerships (Henderson & Mapp 2007).