Meet Ms. Javiera Palma: Organising Committee Member of #Edcamp Santiago

Javiera Palma

Today I have the pleasure of introducing yet another talented and gifted member of the Edcamp Santiago 2012 Organizing Committee, Ms. Javiera Palma. First of all, let me give you her bio information.

Javiera Palma Dabed
Licenciada en Letras, P.U.C.
Licenciada en Educación, P.U.C.
Magíster © en Pedagogía Universitaria, U. Mayor

Javiera is an integral part of the Faculty of Education, English Pedagogy Department at Universidad Mayor. According to the Department Director, Margarita Valle:

“To be a teacher of English today implies – among other things – guiding the students so that they learn to learn, prepare them to globally communicate, open doors to other cultures and other areas of knowledge.” Margarita Valle

Wait a moment. 🙂

Why is it even important for you to know the people who are planning and organizing Edcamp Santiago? Volunteers don’t matter, do they?

Well, that’s two questions, so let’s start with the second question:

Do volunteers matter?

Since I have a background in debate (I love debating because it trains debaters to think critically and express their opinions), let’s start by defining the word, “volunteer“.

According to the Oxford Online Dictionary, a volunteer is:

1. a person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task:

example: a call for volunteers to act as foster-parents

2. a person who works for an organization without being paid:

example: the railway is operated solely by volunteers

OK, with that definition we can now answer the question: Do volunteers matter?

Yes, but let me explain.

Since Edcamp Santiago has no money of its own it would be absolutely impossible for Edcamp Santiago to be a reality. No money means no one gets paid. No money means no service.

So how does Edcamp Santiago become a reality?

Answer: Through the generosity of all the people who volunteer their time, energy, efforts, enthusiasm and professionalism in the service of the premise and the promise of Edcamp Santiago, namely:

Teachers can learn from one another in a peer to peer manner (collaboratively), in a way that is deeper, more durable, and more significant.

At its very heart, that’s what Edcamp Santiago is all about. We fully understand that without volunteers it could not happen.

So yes, now we can all agree that volunteers matter.

There can be no doubt about the tremendous importance of the person who is a volunteer. As we have clearly seen, Edcamp Santiago is made possible only through the efforts and support of the “volunteer”.

The volunteer matters, and Edcamp Santiago is genuinely appreciative of all the volunteers we have working with us.

Thank you Javiera.

Now that brings us to why its important for you to know the people who are planning and organizing Edcamp Santiago.

You see, all of us, every single one of us who are planning and organizing Edcamp Santiago, without exception, we are all volunteers.


We are not paid, not a one of us. Lawyers have a Latin term for this. They call it: pro bono publico, for the public good.

We think “pro bono publico” is an excellent concept for deep, durable, and significant teacher professional development. There’s an awful lot we can learn from one another, colleague to colleague, peer to peer.

What’s even more important, for Edcamp Santiago, is that we have offered to take part in the task of providing high quality professional development for teachers, by teachers, through collaboration.

We are teachers, educators, administrators, parents, students, participants and observers – just like you.

We have hopes, dreams, ambitions and aspirations – just like you.

We have friends and family – just like you.

Above all, we’re human, with knowledge we are willing to share with you. We hope to inspire you to do the same with your knowledge.

We believe you have a personal contribution to make in education, and we hope to give you a voice and a listener. We hope to give you a space and a place to feel comfortable sharing your humanity with us.

We are willing to get to know you, to establish durable professional relationships and networks with you.

For all of this to happen, it is indispensable for you to know us. Yes, this begins on a superficial level, yet it gains its depth from our mutual interaction and collaboration.

We can tell you that from the very beginning, in Edcamp Philly, all Edcamps have clearly followed a principle of getting to know one another. It’s a fundamental principle of Edcamps, so fundamental it’s almost taken for granted, this networking aspect.

Nonetheless, it is best summed up in the words of Kyle Pace when he says, quite eloquently, “Together We Are Better“.

Oh, what about Javiera? Have we forgotten her? 🙂

No, we haven’t.

In a sense, we are all Javiera, and Javiera is all of us. Javiera will be at Edcamp Santiago. Stop by and chat with her. She’s got a wealth of talent, knowledge, experience, skills and abilities to share with you.

See you at Edcamp Santiago.

Remember to bring your ticket. Download it and print it. Then bring it to Edcamp Santiago with you.

If you have your ticket, registration will be super fast. How fast?

You give us your ticket, we give you a smile, you give us a smile, then walk on in. 🙂 Welcome to Edcamp Santiago 2012. That’s all there is to it. So bring your ticket, don’t forget it.

If you have your ticket, you will participate in the fabulous Raffles for prizes from our sponsors.

If you have your ticket, you will receive a Certificate of Attendance for your professional development records.

What if you don’t have a ticket?

We’re sorry, but space is limited. We’re sold out. No more tickets are available.

You can not attend Edcamp Santiago if you do not have a ticket.

We look forward to meeting and greeting you. We look forward to sharing with you, to collaborating with you, to learning with you.

So bring your ticket, it’s necessary for entrance.

See you at Edcamp Santiago in January!

¡¡Feliz Navidad, Próspero Año y Felicidad!!

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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