Residencies & Institutes

Adult Learning at High Tech High Residencies and Institutes

HTH Professional Development Residencies and Institutes are embedded in the HTH GSE and immerse participants in the High Tech High K–12 schools and adult-learning environment. Like the HTH K-12 schools, adult learning at HTH GSE is learner-focused and grounded in equity.  We strive to facilitate teaching practices and structures to help our participants design and implement equitable learning experiences in their own context.

Residencies are housed with the HTH K–12 setting and are facilitated by HTH staff, students and HTH GSE faculty. Participants collaborate with HTH teachers and students, regularly visit HTH classes to see project based learning and deeper learning in action, and are mentored by HTH teachers throughout their experience on campus. Residencies feature interactive workshops, and structured team time to plan how they will put to practice new ideas at their school sites and opportunities to engage with current HTH students.

Additionally, HTH Residencies and Institutes feature optional pre-conference days led by the HTH GSE Center for Research on Equity and Innovation.

HTH GSE registration discounts are available for international educators and those who enroll in a suite of HTH GSE professional development offerings. Please contact HTH GSE for more information.

Project Design for Deeper Learning at the HTH GSE Fall Residency

Wednesday, October 12 through Friday, October 14, 2016
This residency is tailored for educators and school planning teams who will dive deeply into project based learning and the High Tech High design principles. We emphasize and explore how equity in schools can be achieved through well-designed PBL experiences. Workshops feature the development, analysis and critique of PBL plans and design principles. Participants engage with HTH teachers and students about their projects and learn ways to support both students and colleagues through processes of project tuning and critique. The Fall Residency is geared towards experienced educators and those new to project-based learning.

October 11th: Improvement Science Pre-Conference

Coaching for Improvement

Improvement Science (IS) is an emerging field in education that allows us to tackle persistent problems of practice and create more equitable learning environments for all students. During this highly interactive deep dive, we will explore elements, tools and strategies for coaching improvement work. We also dig into improvement work at HTH, serving as coaches to existing projects so that we can experience and unpack "coaching moves" that help support and push improvement work. This workshop is designed for change-makers at all levels—teachers, school/district leaders and K–12 students - who wish to build their own capacity to support improvement efforts.

Register for the 2016 Fall Residency

Agency, Relationships and Integration at the HTH GSE Winter Residency

Wednesday, Feb 1 through Friday, February 3, 2017
Participants are immersed in interactive sessions that examine how to build authentic connections for students through work and experiences. Workshops and classroom visits focus on: how relationships are developed through meaningful work, the permeable boundaries between school and the community, and how skills and content are integrated across contexts. Through workshops that model equitable teaching practices, participants develop and critique project designs, exhibition and assessment plans. New and returning educators will observe classrooms and interact with HTH students, teachers, and administrators as they analyze student work to improve project design and to bring real world challenges into the classroom. Topics of interest include the development of academic internships, strategies that develop growth and academic mindsets, student agency and projects that utilize community collaboration.

January 31st: Improvement Science Pre-Conference

Improvement for Deeper Learning
How can we tackle persistent problems of practice and bring deeper learning to more students more often? In this highly interactive deep dive, we will explore improvement science as a promising methodology for innovating, refining and scaling great ideas. Participants will experience various tools and protocols, ranging from empathy interviews to learning cycles, that they can use in their own contexts to guide systematic improvement. This workshop is designed for changemakers at all levels - teachers, school/district leaders and K-12 students.

More information to come!

Register for the 2017 Winter Residency

Deeper Learning: 5th Annual Conference

Wednesday, March 29 through Friday, March 31, 2017
Deeper Learning 2017 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. The Deeper Learning conference came from this community’s desire to bring the teachers, 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 educators 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. To find out more about DL2017, visit:

Assessment 2.0 at the HTH GSE Spring Residency

Wednesday, May 31 through Friday, June 2, 2017
Assessment 2.0 is themed around the use of presentations, exhibitions, curation, critique, reflection and the celebration of student work as a vehicle for facilitating student learning. Workshop topics include the nuts and bolts of student presentations of learning, meaningful exhibitions of student work, collaborative assessment of student work, and the ability to create projects with an audience in mind. Participants will work with HTH teachers and students to understand how the curation and critique of student work impacts the student and teacher experience, influences—or even drives—project design, and plays a primary role in school culture and student learning.

May 30: Improvement Science Pre-Conference

More information to come!

Register for the 2017 Spring Residency

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