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Summer Tech Academy

The Summer Tech Academy is an advanced faculty enrichment course offered to enhance the ability of Catholic elementary and secondary school teachers to effectively instruct 21st Century students. Teachers, grouped by grade levels, circulate through three different topics. With the support of instructors and peers, time is devoted each day to translating new knowledge into grade specific lessons. Opportunities for networking and attendee presentations are also included.


Takeaways for attendees of the Tech Academy include:

  • 21st Century skill development
  • 15 or 18 Act 48 Credit Hours
  • Peer networking with continued collaboration year-round via a Google Group
  • A technology item such as an iPad or Chromebook for their school


Since 2009, about 1,600 teachers representing 100 schools throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia have taken advantage of this opportunity. About 400 of these teachers have returned in following years to further build upon the skills learned.


Tech Academy attendees in recent years shared the following comments:

"The Summer Tech Academy was one of the best workshops I have attended over the past 13 years because just about everything we did I can take directly back to the classroom. We were learning and doing all at the same time. And I couldn't wait to get home and do more!" - Honors Math teacher


"Awesome to be able to share, learn and collaborate with other like-minded teachers. Great instructors, knowledgeable and eager to assist, support and strengthen classroom teachers." - 3rd grade teacher


“I can’t stress enough the importance of networking with my fellow Catholic educators.  I wish I could bottle the positive energy emanating from that conference room.” – 6th -8th grade teacher

2018 Summer Tech Academy

The Connelly Foundation is pleased to announce plans are well underway for the 2018 Summer Tech Academy to be held June 18 – 20, 2018 at Pope John Paul II High School!


Please note several important changes to the administration of the 2018 Tech Academy compared to previous years:

  • Attendees will be grouped in sessions based on their ed tech experience and comfort level rather than grouped based on if they are first time or returning attendees
  • A First Come, First Served registration process will be used rather than an application process followed by a lottery
  • Maximum number of Tech Academies attended has been capped at 4 this year so those that have already attended 4 or more are ineligible to attend


Please stay tuned for the opening of the registration process in mid-April.  Specific details will be emailed to all elementary school principals for distribution to faculty and to previous attendees the week before registration opens.  Details will also be posted to this webpage at that time. 


Please contact Kimberly Simmons at  with any questions.   However, for any inquiries between January and March, please contact Alissa DeVito at


Thank you for your interest and we hope to see you in June!

  • Tech Academy 2016