Over 50 educators from 10 different districts braved the rain to take part in the district’s first-ever Edcamp Library Promise this past Saturday morning. Edcamps are a personalized professional learning opportunity in which participants suggest specific topics for sessions. Edcamp Library Promise, sponsored by the Edcamp Foundation, focused on modern libraries for modern learners and is the first of its kind in the Houston area.
Inspired by their visit to Edcamp Library in Frisco, TX last summer, Grace Erkman and Jamie Camp, were determined to bring this type of opportunity to Klein and showcase the amazing leadership represented in our district.
“We really are building a community of librarians, not only in Klein but in the whole South Texas area,” says Camp and Erkman. “We really are focusing on modern libraries for modern learners, and that’s the library promise.”
Librarians, library students, and teachers (from as far as Leander ISD) shared their ideas, questions, and experiences about topics including advocacy efforts, integrating technology, providing meaningful lessons for special populations, and so much more.
“Katy ISD is actually having an EdCamp today, but it’s for general educators, and I loved how this one focused on libraries,” said Sarah Letts, Katy ISD Librarian. “I thought it would be really great to hear from other librarians in the Houston area and see what other librarians are doing and see what everyone’s best practices are.”
Through their work in Edcamp Library Promise, Klein librarians are exemplifying the district’s strategic priorities of reimagining learning, cultivating talent, and building community. We look forward to revisiting Edcamp Library Promise in the future as this amazing professional learning opportunity continues to grow and fulfill #librarypromise for EVERY student.