nErDcamp is an “unconference,” based on the EDcamp model, but with a focus on literacy in learning. It is dubbed “nErDcamp” in a nod to the online movement known as #nerdybookclub and to appeal to the book nerds we are all proud to be.

An unconference differs from a traditional conference because the topics and sessions are determined and led by the participants. It is an opportunity for attendees to share their expertise and learn from each other. There are no exhibitors or commercial components. We have made a conscious decision to be swag-free (though we will have giveaways!). Our focus is on sharing and learning. The event is and always will be free of cost.

Our fifth nErDcamp Bellingham will consist of three 50-minute sessions. We’ll finish up before lunch, so you are free to head home or find lunch with nerdy friends new and old. When you arrive in the morning, you’ll have time to connect and chat with fellow educators. A large, blank session board will be prominently displayed. During the morning, you might post a topic for a session you’d like to lead. You might see a session topic that you’d like to assist with. Or, you might just watch as your colleagues post topics, and agonize of which sessions you want to attend.

Some sessions might focus on a strategy, tool, or idea. Others might run more like a large group discussion. The format–and the topic–is up to you!

Educators, librarians, and aspiring and published authors and illustrators have all found value in this amazing day of sharing and connection. We hope to see you on February 24!