NerdCampNJ 2019


Apologies for the crazy late post. I had the best of intentions of writing this up a week ago but it’s currently the hundred-yard dash to the last day of school in my house, with finishing up final projects, locating missing homework that somehow mysteriously disappeared in the blackhole of my son’s book bag, and last, but not least, cramming for final exams.

So back to the topic at hand, NerdCampNJ. What is NerdCamp? Glad you asked. NerdCamp is a “literacy focused ‘unconference’ ” for teachers, school administrators, librarians, students, and authors with the goal of inspiring students to become lifelong readers and writers.

Each NerdCamp has its own way of creating its nerdgenda (don’t you love the nerdlingo?), with fluid workshops, which can take the form of conversations, interactive presentations/panels, hands-on learning, etc. Nerds are encouraged to participate, sit back, listen, and share their knowledge.

This was my second NerdCampNJ and it was NERD-A-RI-FIC! The morning started off with five amazing keynote speakers:

  • Tricia Ebarvia
  • Emma Otheguy
  • Jarrett Lerner
  • Andrea J. Loney
  • Laurie Halse Anderson

Subsequently, everyone went to workshops. Selene Castrovilla, Gryffyn Jade Phoenix, and I led an interactive workshop on helping students break through writer’s block. Afterwords I attended two wonderful workshops: one by educator, Nesrin Amabile, on teaching students how to create storyboards, and another by third-grade teacher, Jaclyn Flanagin, on classroom: book-a-day, the program inspired by Donalyn Miller.

Here are a few photographic highlights from my AWESOME nerdy day:

I would like to shout out a SUPER HUGE THANK YOU to the incredible Oona Abrams, Juli-Anne Benjamin, Sarah Mulhern Gross, Julia Guthrie, Nicole Mancini, ​Emily S. Meixner, Denise Weintraut, Larry Zuares, and to all the volunteers for a NERD-TAS-TIC day.

3 comments on “NerdCampNJ 2019

  1. What a GREAT idea! Every school should have a NERDCAMP. We nerds should be encouraged to come out of our reading and writing corners and share the NERDJOY of learning and using creativity. Cheers to all you NJNERDS!

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