Why & How You Can Support #Edcamp Santiago 2013: Call For Volunteers

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Why You Should Support Edcamp Santiago

Edcamp Santiago needs your support. We provide free, no-cost, high-quality professional development for educators in Chile.

The next Edcamp Santiago will be Saturday, January 12, 2013

In Edcamp Santiago 2012 we had over 240 teachers and teacher pedagogy students who signed up to attend our inaugural conference on January 14, 2012 at Universidad Mayor in Santiago.

That was an overwhelming response that indicated teachers are willing to invest their free time to share their best practices with other teachers – if the conference is affordable and convenient.

A free conference – no cost – is a step in the right direction.

But we need to do more. We need to improve the timing, so that the information shared and learned can be immediately transferred to actual teaching practice. At the same time, a period of reflection and adaptation of the information is beneficial. We all know that the reality of our teaching and learning context can vary tremendously from school to school, even from classroom to classroom.

Therefore, the intentional anticipation and prior planning of how we transfer the theory and principles of Best Practice into the practical application environment of the classroom is a must. With this thought guiding us, we have a window of opportunity that best suits educators in Chile, the annual summer vacation.

Therefore, January, in the middle of summer vacation, is the ideal time. That is why Edcamp Santiago will hold a second conference not this year, but next year, in the month of January.

The tentative date is Saturday, January 12, 2013.

If you are willing to volunteer your services (in any capacity) to work on the EdCamp Santiago UnConference please send an email to:


Very shortly afterwards, (within the next 7 days) we will put our team together.

We thank you in advance for your enthusiasm, energy, time, and efforts in the service of the teaching profession in Chile.


Of course, a “free” conference isn’t really free at all.

There are many costs to be paid for holding the Edcamp Santiago Winter UnConference.

One way we meet our costs is by asking for sponsors to donate goods, services, materials, facilities, prizes and gifts for those who participate.

Our sponsors for the EdCamp Santiago Summer UnConference were:

Universidad Mayor
Edcamp Delta
Mineduc PIAP
Edutopia: The George Lucas Education Foundation
International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association
Oxford University Press
Sala de Profes
Maureen Cooper
Maule Scholar
Languages Out There

We were truly blessed with wonderful sponsors, and we look forward to welcoming as many of these sponsors as possible back to our Winter Conference.

Of course, our arms and our hearts are open to receive new sponsors in our worthy and noble cause: to provide high-quality, free, convenient and significant professional development for teachers, teacher pedagogy students, parents, and students.

Edcamp is inclusive – everyone is welcome to attend within the capacity of our facilities.

So, hopefully, you wish to be a sponsor for Edcamp Santiago Winter 2012 UnConference. We will be very happy with your sponsorship.

Finally, how else can you support our free conference?

One way you can support Edcamp Santiago is by buying one – or more – of the books below.

All of the proceeds from the sale of the books below go 100% – entirely – completely – to support Edcamp Santiago.

We give you our thanks in advance for your support. We appreciate your efforts on our behalf.


La Desconferencia: EdCamp Santiago (Volume 2) [Paperback]

EdCamp Santiago es la desconferencia. Entrada gratuita, desarrollo profesional, por profesores, para profesores. Compartir en vez de competir, aprendizaje entre pares. Participantes comparten y intercambian sus mejores prácticas pedagógicas: “Best Practices”.

La Desconferencia: EdCamp Santiago (Spanish Edition) [Kindle Edition]


EdCamp Santiago: The First Seven Days [Kindle Edition]

Book Description

Publication Date: March 4, 2012

Dedicated to all the educators, world-wide, who have participated in an EdCamp.

Go forth, spread the word to the far corners of the Earth, something is happening.

There’s something going on, a R(E)volution in teacher professional development. It’s called EdCamp….

A conference, that’s not a conference. An “unconference” is a better term. A new paradigm in teacher professional development, a new, creative, innovative way of staying up to date on what matters most to teachers. As I said, it’s a paradigm shift in teacher professional development. Let me repeat: Paradigm Shift.


EdCamp Santiago: A R(E)volution in Professional Development (Volume 1) [Paperback]

This book tells the story of EdCamp Santiago. EdCamp is a R(E)volution in professional develoment. It is free, participant-driven, conversation-based, democratic PD for teachers, by teachers. There are no plenaries, no publishers book displays, just teachers talking to teachers, sharing best practice: what works in the classroom, practical, not theoretical knowledge.


Product Details

Paperback: 80 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (March 9, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1470181134
ISBN-13: 978-1470181130


Soy Un Maestro: I Am A Teacher [Kindle Edition]

Book Description

Publication Date: July 1, 2012

I am a teacher, and I teach in Chile. This year a new Teacher Career Law, defining the teaching profession in terms of increased prestige, attracting more applicants from higher performing students, an obligatory enabling exam, higher salaries, fewer hours teaching in the classroom, and higher responsibilities wil be passed, hopefully.

This book totally supports the idea that a good law is needed, and now is the time to pass one, even if that law is not yet perfect.

We Teachers have such a long way to go, and this is clearly a tremendous step in the right direction.

To celebrate, all of the funds received for the sale of this book will go to support the EdCamp Santiago free conference for teachers in Chile. Thank you, in advance, for buying this book.

May God Bless You…

Soy el más afortunado de todos quienes trabajan.

A un médico se le permite traer una vida en un momento mágico.

A mí se me permite que esa vida renazca día a a día con nuevas preguntas, ideas y amistades.

Un arquitecto sabe que si construye con cuidado, su estructura puede permanecer por siglos. Un maestro sabe que si construye con amor y verdad, lo que construya durará para siempre.


Product Details
File Size: 699 KB
Print Length: 143 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Language: English/Spanish (Spanglish)
ASIN: B008GU48A4
Text-to-Speech: Enabled


Soy Un Maestro: I Am A Teacher [Paperback]

Product Details
Paperback: 170 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (July 3, 2012)
Language: English/Spanish (Spanglish)
ISBN-10: 1478176520
ISBN-13: 978-1478176527


Amazon Author Page: Thomas Jerome Baker

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.

Es una red que reúne a Profesionales de la Educación preocupados por desarrollar y fortalecer las capacidades de sus comunidades educativas, a través de la creatividad, la innovación y el emprendimiento.

Thomas was recently selected for membership in the Comunidad de Innovación Escolar of the Foundation Telefónica and Foundation Educación 2020.

He is the Co-Founder and Co-Organiser of EdCamp Santiago, free, participant-driven, democratic, conversation based professional development for teachers, by teachers.

Thomas is also an ex member (2010-2011) of the Advisory Board for the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL), where he currently 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 forty four (44) books overall.

The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family, his wife Gabriela, and his son, Thomas Jerome Baker, Jr.

** “Education is not a preparation for life; Education is life itself.” – John Dewey

About profesorbaker

Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family.
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