EA Innovates: July 11-14

The Hirtle Summer Program will feature a special July session for EA Innovates, a four-day workshop that invites attendees to explore innovative approaches to teaching and learning through design thinking and tinkering.

An evening keynote and cocktail party will kick off EA Innovates on Sunday, July 10 a 6 p.m. EA Innovates will take place July 11-14 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. The cost is $500 and includes lunch throughout the July session.

Read more about EA Innovates below.

Course Information

Hirtle Summer Program July Session: EA Innovates

Attendees will be invited to explore innovative approaches to teaching and learning, with a specific focus on design thinking and tinkering in the classroom.

From July 11-14, your four-day experience will include numerous opportunities to apply design thinking, both to a challenge you bring from your own school and to a larger problem that we will tackle together. Working hands-on, you will also be given time and guidance to explore electronics, cardboard creations, robotics, and other tinkering activities that can enhance any curriculum.

You will leave EA Innovates filled with renewed curiosity and passion for working in education and ready to bring that energy to redesigning your learning spaces, invigorating your pedagogy, and inspiring your students.


Maggie Powers

EA Innovates is directed by Maggie Powers. Maggie is a Technology Coordinator at Episcopal Academy and is a leader in innovative teaching at Episcopal and nationally. Maggie is a passionate educator, tech entrepreneur, and ed tech consultant. @mpowers3

Dr. Lisa Abel-Palmieri

Lisa is the Head of School and Chief Learning Officer at Holy Family Academy, an innovative, college preparatory, and STEM-focused independent Catholic high school for students of all faiths and any means. Prior to joining Holy Family Academy (HFA), Lisa was most recently the Director of Technology & Curricular Innovation, Head of Computer Science and led partnerships and outreach as Director of the Learning Innovation Institute at The Ellis School, a PK-12 independent school also in Pittsburgh. A disruptor, designer and change agent, she brings over 15 years of teaching, outreach, marketing and administrative experience.

Lisa's background is diverse as she has worked for large corporations, the United States Nuclear Navy and in higher-education where she has taught in a variety of disciplines. She has done field-based research and practicum work in public education in addition to her private school teaching and administrative experience. In addition to her role at HFA, Lisa is an education consultant helping other schools and informal learning organizations re-envision curriculum particularly shifting from passive to active learning leveraging approaches like blended learning, design thinking and maker education. Lisa has been a national speaker and workshop leader at conferences and schools across North America. She believes in connected learning, field-based studies and co-designing learning with students. She focused her Doctorate studies on curriculum development and technology integration.

Lisa is on the Board of Trustees for the Online School for Girls, a consortium member for the Center for STEM Education for Girls, the Executive Committee for the International Society of Technology Education (ISTE) independent school educators network and co-founder of EdCampPGH. She is also on the planning committees for the Three Rivers EdTech Conference and the Pittsburgh STEM Summit and has also enjoyed being a judge for Startup Weekend Education Pittsburgh. She recently joined the AAAS Science NetLinks Inventing Green Advisory Board and is an adviser for the Education Partners.

Lisa was awarded Non-Profit CIO of the Year by the Pittsburgh Technology Council in 2013. In 2014, she was an honorable mention for Leader of the Year from Technology & Learning Magazine, AthenaYoung Professional Award Nominee and an NAIS Teacher of the Future. In 2015, the Huffington Post selected Lisa as the 18th most social K12 technology leader.

Ellen Deutscher

Ellen Deutscher is an Educational Consultant with over 20 years experience teaching public school in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2011, Ellen began her Design Thinking adventure at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford (the d.school). Since then, she has become both a learner and leader in the world of Design Thinking and Creative Confidence. She has given talks, taught workshops and classes at the d.school, throughout the SF Bay Area, and around the country. While continuing to support other educators in Design Thinking, Ellen returned to her classroom in 2013 designing and teaching a 6th Grade Creative Design Bootcamp class, 7th/8th grade Leadership and Design course, and a lunchtime Maker Space. Throughout her years in the classroom, she has taught a wide variety of grades and subjects including 5th grade Language Arts/Social Studies and a self-designed 5th/6th grade Shakespeare class, "Shakin' It Up with Shakespeare.” Ellen continues to learn, “play,” and iterate with students and educators around the country.


Hotel blocks are reserved at the Courtyard by Marriott Devon, 10 minutes from The Episcopal Academy campus. Complimentary shuttle service to and from the hotel will be provided.

Book online or by phone (800.320.5746) by June 10, 2016 and reference the Episcopal Academy Summer Program Room Block July 2016 to take advantage of our special rate.