Join other journalism, yearbook and media advisers at a MIPA EdCamp! EdCamps provide FREE professional development training to teachers.


A pen or pencil, a laptop/iPad OR lined paper for notes, access to your class files (if possible, to share), something to drink (MIPA will cover the cost of lunch).


If you haven’t been able to participate in an EdCamp yet, give it a try. Some of you many be hesitant because you don’t really know what we do at EdCamp, so here’s a basic rundown:

As people arrive, they write answers to five questions on chart paper around the room:

  1. What went well for you this year?
  2. What were your struggles this year?
  3. What questions do you have?
  4. What do you want to share about, if anything?
  5. What do you want to do/discuss/accomplish today?

Then, we introduce ourselves and explain what we’d like to learn more about or identify specific questions we have. The conversation that follows is guided by the needs of the group and we try to help answer everyone’s questions in the remaining time. If we have enough people, we can break into smaller groups (perhaps by publication type) so we get to everyone’s issues before time is up.

Bring a flash drive with your files and information to share with others!

Toward the end, you’ll receive a signed professional development certificate to give to your school and you’ll be asked to fill out an Exit Ticket with four questions:

  • What did you accomplish today?
  • What did you think about today (strengths, weaknesses, suggestions for improvement)?
  • What are your next steps?
  • What can MIPA do to support you in those next steps?

That’s it! It’s a nice, relaxing form of professional development.

It’s a great chance to get one-on-one time with other advisers and to get answers to questions (such as how different advisers approach grading) before the new school year starts.

2017 EdCamp Locations


Date: Tuesday, July 18 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Host: Cody Harrell
School: East Lansing HS, 509 Burcham Dr., East Lansing, MI 48823
Pre-Register (Free)

Grand Haven HS (All Media)

Date: Friday, July 21 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Host: C.E. Sikkenga
School: Grand Haven HS, 17001 Ferris St., Grand Haven, MI 49417
Pre-Register (Free)


Date: Wednesday, Aug. 23 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Host: Kaitlin Edgerton
School: Grosse Pointe South HS, 11 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236
Pre-Register (Free)