#Edcamp Santiago: The Day After (January 15, 2012)

(Screen Image Seen in Santiago: Edcamp Delta Panel Participant (Photo Credit: Damian Rivlin)

Above, to begin, we share the awesome image of what international collaboration and cooperation looks like.

And now, first and foremost, we say, Thanks.

¡Muchas gracias amigos de Edcamp Delta!

Thank you.

As a matter of fact, Thank You to everyone, who in any way, shape, or form was a part of the EdCamp Santiago Story.

We owe you one and all, individually and collectively, an eternal debt of gratitude for your faith in this transformative professional development initiative that history now records as, EdCamp Santiago 2012.

At the risk of committing an injustice by singling out any one contributor from among the multiple contributors to the success of Edcamp Santiago, we nonetheless are compelled to salute the entire team of organizers from Edcamp Delta.

We thank Edcamp Delta for their exemplary and superb support and collaborative efforts with the Edcamp Santiago team.

Again, thank you, colleagues of Edcamp Delta Organizing Team, for your collaboration and cooperation.

We of Edcamp Santiago have but one way to express our gratitude. We are aware that it is insufficient, yet agian, we thank you, most kindly and most humbly.

You are deeply appreciated, the entire team of organizers, the wonderful student participation, the excellent insights provided by the teachers, and the entire education community of Delta Secondary School, and of course, all those who came out under less-than-ideal weather conditions to support your efforts…

At both ends of the American continent, Edcamp Delta in North America and Edcamp Santiago at the tip of South America, we have truly demonstrated that passionate and dedicated educators, can indeed come together to share best practice, to learn from and with one another, to network, and to offer a genuine insight into the realities of the other’s education system.

If we have been able to achieve such a feat, bridging the tremendous gaps of time, distance and non-existent resources, solving problems of technological complexity, cultural diversity, and linguistic differences, to provide high-quality professional development for the other, then we leave no doubt in anyone’s mind of the bright future of the EdCamp Movement.

It will only grow larger, as a chorus of previously unheard voices will begin to be heard, to ultimately share with other educators what the people at Edutopia (the George Lucas Educational Foundation) call quite simply: “What Works in Education“.

It is with this thought that we close this first chapter for Edcamp Santiago: ¡Viva EdCamp Delta! ¡Viva!

Long live collaboration and cooperation among educators!

¡Viva Edcamp Santiago! ¡Viva!

Thomas Baker
on behalf of the
Edcamp Santiago 2012 Organizing Team


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Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He is the Coordinator of the English Department at Colegio Internacional SEK in Santiago, Chile. He is the Co-Founder and Co-Organiser of EdCamp Santiago 2012 & Edcamp Chile 2013, free, participant-driven, democratic, conversation based professional development for teachers, by teachers. EdCamp Santiago 2012 was held at Universidad Mayor in Santiago. Edcamp Chile 2013 was held at Universidad UCINF. Thomas is also a member of the Advisory Board for the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL), where he also serves as a reviewer and as the HETL Ambassador for Chile. Thomas enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. Thus far, he has written the following genres: romance, historical fiction, autobiographical, sports history/biography, and English Language Teaching. He has published a total of sixty one (61) books, all available on Amazon http://amzn.to/Qxmoec . The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family, his wife Gabriela, and his son, Thomas Jerome Baker, Jr.
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