News Release

Laurie E. Bick-Jensen
Director, Public Relations
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New Castle, DE 19720
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Wilmington University Hosts Teacher Leader Camp on October 25

"Un-conference" attracts all levels of teachers throughout the region.

Wilmington University College of Education will host the Teacher Leader Camp from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 25, 2014. 

The event will be held at two Wilmington University locations at the same time: the Wilson Graduate Center at 31 Reads Way in New Castle, Delaware and at the Dover site at 3282 North DuPont Highway in Dover. Doors will open one hour prior to the start of the conference to allow time for attendees to record the subjects they want to cover through the course of the day.

This free, education-focused conference is based on the Edcamp model and devoted to issues and ideas surrounding all forms of teaching leadership. The purpose of the Teacher Leader Camp is to assemble forward-thinking leaders and leaders-to-be in PK-12 education, higher education and other organizations for a day of conversation, reflection and inspiration. 

Attendees will select their discussion sessions in advance. In each session, participants will gather into groups to build boards that promote appropriate discussion. 

“You can have an Edcamp with 10 people, but with this Teacher Leader Camp we are looking to have approximately 200 participants,” said Damian Bariexca, a doctoral student and conference organizer at the Dover location.   

“We have had success with this type of program in the past. Feedback from the attendees is the best measurement of success. So we ask: Did attendees come away knowing more and have a feeling of accomplishment from this forum? Did they learn something from the conference they can use in their classrooms on Monday?” 

When asked why the conference is labeled unconventional, Bariexca noted there are no key note speakers and there is no pre-set agenda.

“It is completely participant-driven. We have no expert speakers coming in. Instead, we harvest the knowledge of every individual in the room and let them actually build the boards in each session.” 

Attendees who have not attended Teacher Leadership Camp before can expect it to be different from other leadership conferences.

"The beauty of this conference is the 'Rule of Two Feet,'” Bariexca added. “If you are sitting in a session and it is not meeting your need. You are encouraged to get up and go find a session that meets your need.”  

Participants should not be offended if they see others walk out of a conference session. "The measure of success is within the diversity, skills, and pertinent input of each participating individual. Everyone can contribute and each contribution has merit," Bariexca said 

Attendees must register in advance for both Teacher Leader Camps at the New Castle and Dover locations. To register online now, click here or go to

About Wilmington University

Wilmington University is a private, nonprofit institution committed to providing flexible, career-oriented, traditional and online associate, undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs. Ranked as the fourth fastest growing nonprofit university in America 2002 - 2012 by The Almanac of The Chronicle of Higher Education, affordable tuition, academic excellence and individualized attention are hallmarks of the University that enable greater student success in their chosen careers. For more information, contact Wilmington University at 302-356-INFO (4636), via email at, or visit our website at

Published: Friday, October 3, 2014 - New Castle, DE