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Kristen Swanson
Works at Slack
Attended Widener University, Ed.D
Lives in San Francisco, CA
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Edcamp Unplugged
Think about the last time you were entangled in a really good professional conversation. Picture it in your mind. Go ahead, I'll wait.... Now that it's fresh in your mind, consider how many times you considered glancing at your tiny flashing rectangle. When...
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$5 for 5 Years of Edcamp #GivingTuesday
I support Edcamp because: There's nothing more powerful than organic learning. Teachers are leaders, and they have expertise to share. Edcampers are some of the most generous, amazing people I have ever known. Empowerment changes lives. Kids deserve teacher...
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Mythbusters: How Can We Use Data to Shift Mindsets?
This post is cross posted at ASCD. Access it here. Data, used carefully, can be the ultimate mythbuster. My colleagues and I explore this idea in “Eliminating the Blame Game” in the November 2015 issue of Educational Leadership . We often think of data as a...
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Peer Reviewed Study on #Edcamp Now Open Source
Over the last few years, many of you have asked for research on Edcamps . And while we've collected a lot of data and several dissertations have been written on the topic, we haven't had any work published in a peer reviewed journal. Until now. Thanks to th...
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Best Practices for New Teacher Onboarding
It’s that time of year: The time when we welcome brand new teachers into our schools, districts, and learning organizations. As experienced educators, we know how challenging the first year can be. That’s why it’s critical to have a FANTASTIC program for ne...
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3 Things to STOP Doing Before School Starts
   by    bark   This post might seem a little counterintuitive. As the school year approaches, most people are making lists of the countless items that they MUST DO before students enter our doors. Honestly, I have those lists too.  However, I also want to ...
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Join #Edcamp Gift 2015!
#Edcamp Gift is back! Join us for 10 days of Edcamp powered by the Edcamp Foundation and Remind !
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The New Pillars of Modern Teaching
There's nothing better than spending a Saturday curled up with a great book. That's why I was so excited when Gayle Allen's New Pillars of Modern Teaching arrived. Gayle is one of those no-nonsense people who's done it all: teacher, school administrator, an...
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Florida Association for Staff Development - Reimagining Learning Together
I'm delighted to be spending the next two days with Florida's most innovative professional developers . I can't wait to meet some folks F2F that I've been following on social media for some time. They are thinking differently about learning, and I'm honored...
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This Year, Be a Contagion
Last week, one of my buddies and educational co-conspirators sent this tweet: Energies are contagious. Via Nina Piccini @RocIrshDnsr pic.twitter.com/CD4m5vLC4i — Kristina Peters (@Mrskmpeters) August 27, 2015 Over the past few years, I've thought long and h...
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The Evolution of an Edcamper
The Evolution of an Edcamper Edcampers are amazing people. There are thousands of Edcampers across the globe taking back their professional development. Where are YOU on your journey? Phase 1 - Newbie/Egg You've never been to an Edcamp, but you're intereste...
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The Magic Ingredient for Professional Learning
Good professional learning matters. A lot. Exposure to effective, empowered adult learning experiences is a powerful prerequisite when it comes to the creation of positive, relevant learning designs for kids. However, changing the "look and feel" of profess...
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Learner, Leader, Teacher
Introduction
Teaching for transfer and information literacy is my personal mission. I work for Slack as their Director of Learning. I am also a founder of the Edcamp Movement, an adjunct professor for DeSales University, and a passionate learner.
Education
  • Widener University, Ed.D
    Educational Leadership, 2009 - 2011
  • Wilkes University, M.Ed.
    Instructional Technology, 2005 - 2007
  • DeSales University, B.A.
    Elementary and Special Education, 2002 - 2005
Basic Information
Gender
Female
Work
Occupation
Learning Scientist
Skills
Designer, Thinker, Maker, Writer
Employment
  • Slack
    Director of Learning, 2015 - present
  • DeSales University
    Adjunct M.Ed. Professor, 2010 - present
  • BrightBytes
    Chief of Empowerment, 2013 - 2015
  • Authentic Education
    UbD Curriculum Specialist, 2012 - 2013
  • Springfield Township School District
    Director of Technology, 2010 - 2012
  • Bucks County Intermediate Unit
    County-wide Trainer & Consultant, 2009 - 2010
  • Quakertown Community School District
    Teacher , 2005 - 2009
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
San Francisco, CA
Previously
Toledo, OH - Oreland, PA - Philadelphia, PA - Doylestown, PA - Sellersville, PA