Hirtle Summer Program for Innovative Schools

Professional development opportunities for teachers and school leaders.

The Hirtle Summer Program for Innovative Schools provides opportunities for teachers and school leaders to come together to explore opportunities to transform our learning spaces into dynamic, interactive learning communities.

Hosted by The Episcopal Academy, the program includes workshops targeting educators interested in growing their skills, connecting with colleagues from other schools who share a passion for excellence in teaching, and exploring innovative educational topics.


Announcing Hirtle 2019.

Hirtle 2019 offers more opportunities for teachers of every grade and discipline to learn skills, develop passions, and network. Each workshop is grounded in theory and research, and will incorporate opportunities to plan for implementation of your learning.

The Hirtle Summer Program's 2019 workshops are perfect for any educator who is passionate about teaching and learning. Teachers of every grade, experience level, and content area can benefit from Hirtle, from new teachers who would like to network with passionate colleagues from around the country to veteran educators who wish to expand their toolkits with the newest thinking.

Excellence in Teaching Series

Three workshops that focus on building excellence in teaching. Take one ($125) or all ($325).

Mindful Classroom Culture

June 10 9:15-3:15 p.m.

Explore, define, and reflect on how to create a classroom culture of calm purpose.


Creating a Culture of Inquiry

June 12 9:15-3:15 p.m.

Engage in inquiry strategies to learn how to build deep content understanding.


Differentiation through Formative Assessment

June 13 9:15-3:15 p.m.

Learn strategies to support differentiation of learning in any subject or grade.


Hirtle Workshops

In addition to our Excellence in Teaching series, Coaching for the Classroom and Neuroteach empower educators to inspire student success.

Coaching for the Classroom ($375)

June 24-26: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Teachers who are coached in the instructional coaching model grow as educators and discover new ways to more fully serve students.

This intensive, three-day institute is designed to help educators develop and expand their knowledge of instructional coaching models.


Neuroteach Global ($250)
  • Kick-Off (In-Person): June 11, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Self-Paced Online Work: June-August
  • Follow-Up Workshop (In-Person): Aug. 22, 4-7 p.m.

Featuring two in-person sessions and self-paced online work over the summer, Neuroteach Global will challenge teachers to use brain science in fostering student agency, enhancing retrieval practices, and refining classroom practices.


Details and Accommodations


The Hirtle Summer Program is held at The Episcopal Academy in historic Newtown Square, PA, 15 miles outside of Philadelphia. Founded in 1785, The Episcopal Academy is a PreK-12, co-educational day school. Learn more about EA or explore our 122-acre campus.


A light breakfast and lunch are included in all programs. Dinner is included for the evening Neuroteach Global in August.


Traveling from out of town? We recommend accommodations at one of the following nearby hotels: