Professional Development


Learn about innovative practices in our k-12 schools and graduate school of education through a variety of professional development offerings including  Residencies and Institutes and Workshops, a MOOC course on Deeper Learning as well as our UnBoxed Journal & Speaker Series.  Our intensive professional development enables practitioners, school leaders, community partners, and small school advocates to learn about our principles and practices and to network with colleagues.

We are also currently accepting applications for Leading Schools Program, a one-year hybrid program designed to support teams of educators from around the world in transforming their schools, and our Master's Programs in Teacher Leadership and School Leadership.




Residencies and Institutes are embedded in our K-12 schools and facilitated by HTH students, teachers and school leaders, as well as faculty from the graduate school of education. Participants engage in interactive workshops, observe classrooms and meet in teams to plan how they will put to practice new ideas at their school sites.

FALL RESIDENCY - Project Based Learning

Wednesday, October 2 through Friday, October 4, 2013

This residency is tailored for teachers and school staff who are new to project based learning and the High Tech High design principles.  Agenda items will include "HTH 101: An Overview", "Project Based Learning 101," emphasizing both the "how" and the "why" of project-based learning. Participants will have the opportunity to talk with HTH teachers and students about their projects they have done, and to learn about ways to support both students and colleagues through processes of project tuning and critique. As always, participants are encouraged to follow the "rule of two feet" and consider classroom observation as an option to any workshop.

[Sample Agenda]             

Wednesday, November 13 through Friday, November 15, 2013

The New Teacher Development Initiative is a 3 day symposium focused on structures and support systems to enhance beginning teacher development within schools and districts. Topics will include: Effective approaches to new teacher preparation, whole school change, communication and influence with university based credentialing programs, defining innovative teacher practice, and building support structures for ongoing new teacher development. Participants will have the opportunity to develop implementation plans for their own educational settings.
The New Teacher Development Initiative will be held at High Tech High in San Diego, CA. The symposium begins Wednesday, November 13th at 1:00 pm (allowing for morning travel) and ends on Friday, November 15th at noon. Thank you again for your interest and we hope that you take the Initiative and join in the discussion!  The fee is $650/per participant and cost does not include travel or hotel.  If you are interested in attending this event, please complete the online registration form below.  Contact Julie Holmes,, if you have any questions.

[Online Registration]               [Credit Card Payment Form]

[Sample Agenda]                     [Hotel Accomodations]

WINTER RESIDENCY - Looking at Student Work
Wednesday, January 22 through Friday, January 24, 2014

This residency is focused on ways of looking deeply at student work to improve project design, implementation, and assessment. Participants will collaboratively examine samples of integrated student project work through the lenses of principles of learning and the Common Core standards. New and returning teachers will  have ample opportunities to observe classrooms and interact with HTH students, teachers, and administrators. Workshop topics include the nuts and bolts of student presentations of learning, collaborative assessment of student work, and the uses of critique in the classroom. As always, we customize this residency to participant needs by soliciting interests and suggestions for workshop topics ahead of time.

[Sample Agenda]     

 DEEPER LEARNING MOOC- A 101 course Deeper Learning 
January 20 through March 27, 2014 

Sponsored by the HTH Graduate School of Education, MIT Media Lab, the Hewlett FoundationDeepr Learning Community of Practice and the Raikes Foundation Middle Shift Network, educators from around the globe are encouaged to participare for free in a MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) on Deeper Learning. This survey course will explore deeper learning and examine how it can happen more often in schools. School practicioners and others interested in encouraging more deeper learning in their schools and classrooms are encouraged to take this course. 

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DEEPER LEARNING- Do it Yourself Deeper Learning: Everyone can do it!
Wednesday March 26 through Friday March 28, 2014

Deeper Learning 2014: Do it Yourself Deeper Learning: Everyone can do it, is the premier international event for educators pursuing deeper learning in schools. In 2010, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation convened a group of leaders from some of the leading organizations in deeper learning. Over the past few years this deeper learning community of practice has met, collaborated, pushed each other's thinking and learned a lot together. The  Deeper Learning conference  came from the desire to bring the teachers and school leaders from those organizations along with others from across the country to do what the most successful learners do: work together to find reasonable and implementable solutions to authentic problems facing us today. This conference aims to connect educators who are implementing deeper learning in their schools, generate and better support deeper learning ideas in classrooms and help educators reflect on their own practice. 

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2013 Deeper Learning Program
(For a sample of what was offered last year. We will update the website with the 2014 agenda as the date approaches)

SUMMER INSTITUTE - Sharing Best Practices
Monday, June 23 through Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Summer Institute is HTH Learning's largest annual event. Practitioners, school leaders, community partners, and charter and small school advocates from across the country come to High Tech High to learn about our principles and practices and to network with colleagues engaged in new school development and reform efforts. The Institute features interactive sessions on topics such as project-based learning, integrating math and science, working with diverse learners in heterogeneous classrooms, and more. Online Registration for this event will open May 2nd. The early registration fee is $750/per participant prior to June 6th and $800/per participant after June 6th on a space-available basis.

[Hotel Accomodations]

2013 Summer Institute Program (PDF)
(A sample of last year's agenda. We will post the 2014 agenda in early June and will follow a similar format with a variety of workshop offerings.)

If you or a team from your school would like to visit our schools for additional days before or after a residency or institute or experience a personalized residency with school tours on alternative dates, please visit: Presentations of Learning, where students reflect on their learning using evidence from their digital portfolios to a panel of faculty and community members, also occur at some of our schools in mid-December and mid-June.

At your school site!

HTH teachers, school leaders and faculty from the graduate school of education are available to visit your school and facilitate professional development with faculty. We offer the following workshops, as well as personalized workshops based on the interests and needs of your school. All of our workshops are interactive and hands-on, with most involving the use of video and other media to facilitate reflective conversations.

This workshop is designed for schools new to project based learning, particularly those who wish to build buy-in and work toward a common vision of teaching and learning. Faculty reflect on significant learning experiences from their own lives to extract core features of meaningful learning experiences in general. They then engage in a backwards design process, guided by these features and Adria Steinberg's 6 As, to design an engaging, rigorous project for their students, which they tune with colleagues. Participants leave with a project proposal and feedback on that proposal to guide their next steps.

Inspired by our work with Ron Berger in fostering an ethic of excellence with students, HTH teachers incorporate student-driven processes for critique and revision to support the creation of beautiful work. Participants will learn how to support the design of high quality products in project-based learning environments, and how to create classroom cultures where students see each other as useful resources in improving their work.

Faculty explore the role of video in collegial coaching to support teacher reflection and collaboration. Participants will analyze video of teaching, engage in role plays, and leave with ideas and tools to support collegial coaching in their own schools.

Faculty explore the art of facilitation and use of protocols to guide purposeful conversations about teaching and learning. Participants will engage in various protocols - ranging from project tunings to dilemmas consultancies to looking at student work - and reflect on how to improve teacher-led dialogue about teaching and learning at their schools.

If you would like HTH educators to visit your school and facilitate a workshop, please contact Zoe Randall by email or phone (619) 398-4902


UnBoxed: The Journal of Adult Learning in Schools is a journal of reflections on purpose, practice and policy in education, published twice yearly by the High Tech High Graduate School of Education. Educators from our K-12 schools and graduate school, as well as educational innovators and reformers from around the country, share fierce wonderings and reflections on their work. We welcome submissions from teachers, administrators, students, teacher educators, policymakers, researchers, and other informed observers of education. All content is freely available online and designed to engage, inspire, and provoke. [Click here] to peruse or purchase UnBoxed.

Read, respond, and join in the conversation!


Join us for the Education UnBoxed Speaker Series, discussions with innovative thinkers and change agents leading school reform efforts across the country. Discussions are designed to be interactive and engage participants both face-to-face in San Diego and online, live through Elluminate. Past speakers have included Howard Fuller, Gary Orfield, Michael Horn, James Gee and Geoffrey Cohen on topics related to desegregation, the achievement gap, stereotype threat, and innovative uses of technology to build communities that traverse race, class and gender boundaries. [Click here] for more information about the next Speaker Series event. 

These events are free and open to the public.

Updated: February 4, 2014, 3:07 pm

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