IDEA Camp is a training and development experience for individuals and groups working for educational change rooted in equity and progressive practice. Camp offers change makers the opportunity to look deeply at the issues and challenges within the education landscape, gain tools for transformative organizing, and develop personal and group skills to move change forward while building capacity to address issues of race, power, equity, and privilege.
“Working at the Mission Hill School has taught me well that the only way to make meaningful change is to involve smart, passionate people in the process, give them ownership, trust them, support them and get out of the way! That is what IDEA is doing. The experience, knowledge, expertise, talent, passion, and determination of the people at IDEA Camp were astounding to me!”~ Jenerra Williams, teacher at Mission Hill School and IDEA Camp Minnesota participant
Over the course of several days, IDEA Camp builds a sense of community among participants and groups who come with a set of stories, challenges, and goals. We strive to create an open space for sharing, for exploring questions, and for learning. We go beyond the surface level narratives and don’t avoid the tensions and hard conversations that must be faced if we are to achieve equity with respect for all young people and communities.
We call it “Camp” because it’s more in-depth and intimate than a typical conference, and we often locate camps in retreat-style and natural settings that offer opportunities for outdoor time and after-hours conversations. You’ll experience a mix of structured full group sessions, small group discussions, individual time for reflection, and open space for topics that arise.
Camp is the only professional development that I have been a part of that really did feel like the building of a network rather than the imparting of information. I have colleagues across the country whose work isn't the same as mine, but is in the same spirit, and has enriched the way I look at my own. Colleagues that I root for, learn from, and rely on again and again.~ IDEA Camp Vermont participant
Something New: an article about the power of IDEA Camp by Jenerra Williams, teacher at Mission Hill School in Boston.
Discouraged from Dreaming: a story of how IDEA Camp helped Nancy Flanagan, educator and blogger at EdWeek, step back and have the opportunity to dream.