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The Teachers Institute of Philadelphia (TIP) provides academic professional development seminars to Philadelphia public school teachers at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

"I have been involved with the Teachers Institute of Philadelphia for the last eight years. It is the finest professional development program for teachers that I have personally been involved with during my tenure as a teacher." -- High school science teacher

Six TIP Teachers Selected as 2015 National Fellows by the Yale National Initiative

on April 1, 2015 - 18:31

The Teachers Institute of Philadelphia is pleased to announce that six teachers have been selected to represent TIP as National Fellows at the Yale National Initiative’s seminar program at Yale University this July. The Fellows and the seminars they'll participate in are:

Joyce Arnosky, Penn Alexander School – Literature and Information              

Cristobal Carambo, Philadelphia High School for Girls Physiological Determinants of Global Health

Tara Ann Carter, Hill-Freedman World Academy Explaining Character in Shakespeare     

Sydney Coffin, Edison/Fareira High School History in our Everyday Lives: Collective Memory, Historical Writing, and Public History

Klint Kanopka, The Academy at Palumbo Problem Solving and the Common Core

Kathleen Radebaugh, Henry C. Lea School Using Film in the Classroom

They are among 65 teachers from 20 school districts in eight states and the District of Columbia who will participate. For two weeks in July, National Fellows will attend daily two-hour seminars led by Yale University professors. They will create innovative curriculum units for their students based on seminar content, guidance from the Seminar Leader, individual research, and feedback from their colleagues. The units will be shared on the YNI website for reference and use by teachers everywhere. Congratulations to all 2015 National Fellows for being selected for this distinguished professional development program!

To learn more about the Yale National Initiative, visit: www.yale.teachers.edu.

TIP Kicks Off its Tenth Year

on January 13, 2015 - 16:04

The 2015 program got off to a great start on January 13th as this year's cohort of 45 Fellows, along with Seminar Leaders, TIP alumni, and supporters from the Penn community, gathered to kick off TIP's tenth year. Penn professor Rogers Smith and TIP Fellows Sydney Coffin and Tara Ann Carter shared their insight and reflections on TIP. The evening ended with Seminar Leaders meeting with their respective groups in the first seminar sessions of the program year. Thanks to everyone who was in attendance for making the evening a success!

TIP Applications are due on Friday, December 12

on December 4, 2014 - 18:36

Applications for the 2015 program are due on Friday, December 12 at 5pm. TIP seminars are open to K-12 teachers in West and Southwest Philadelphia public schools, with the exception of STEM seminars, which are open to teachers in public schools across the city.

The 2015 topics are as follows:

Roots of the American Empire

Steven Hahn, Professor of History

Penn Laboratory on Energy, Sustainability and Environment

Larry Gladney, Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Dennis DeTurck, Professor of Mathematics

Aliens and Others: African Americans [Re]Writing Generic Fiction

Herman Beavers, Professor of English and Africana Studies

Electronics from Toys to Tools: An Adventure for Future Engineers

Jorge Santiago-Aviles, Associate Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering

Seminar descriptions can be viewed here. Seminars begin on Tuesday, January 13th and run until May. Enrollment is limited. For more information, contact the Teacher Representative at your school, call TIP at 215-746-6176, or email teachersinstitute@sas.upenn.edu.

Please Join Us for TIP's Open House!

on November 6, 2014 - 19:43

The Teachers Institute of Philadelphia is pleased to announce the seminar offerings for the 2015 program year:

Roots of the American Empire

Steven Hahn, Professor of History

Penn Laboratory on Energy, Sustainability and Environment

Larry Gladney, Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Dennis DeTurck, Professor of Mathematics

Aliens and Others: African Americans [Re]Writing Generic Fiction

Herman Beavers, Professor of English and Africana Studies

Electronics from Toys to Tools: An Adventure for Future Engineers

Jorge Santiago-Aviles, Associate Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering

Seminar descriptions can be viewed here.

Prospective 2015 TIP Fellows are invited to attend this year’s Open House, which will be held on Tuesday, December 2nd at 4:30pm in the Golkin Room (223) of Penn's Houston Hall (3417 Spruce Street). Seminar Leaders will introduce their respective topics.

TIP seminars are open to K-12 teachers in West and Southwest Philadelphia public schools, with the exception of STEM seminars, which are open to teachers in public schools across the city. Applications are due on Friday, December 12th by 5pm. Seminars begin on Tuesday, January 13th and run until May. Enrollment is limited. For more information, call 215-746-6176 or email teachersinstitute@sas.upenn.edu.

TIP is Turning 10!

on September 4, 2014 - 17:42

Join us in celebrating the Teachers Institute of Philadelphia's tenth year of providing School District of Philadelphia teachers with extraordinary academic professional development seminars. Please consider donating to the TIPat10 campaign in honor of TIP’s tenth year. Your donation will support TIP in providing high-quality professional development for Philadelphia public school teachers. Contributions are tax-deductible and will be matched at a rate of 50% by Penn, increasing the impact of your gift. Thank you!

2014 Curriculum Units

on August 13, 2014 - 14:10

Check out units from our 2014 seminars - The Biology of Food, Teaching the Holocaust: Bearing Witness, Native American Voices: The People – Here and Now, and Robotics for Everyone! Our collection of curriculum units is an excellent resource for teachers everywhere! Congratulations and thanks to the 2014 Fellows for their great work!

TIP Fellows to Present Curriculum Units at the Penn Museum

on June 2, 2014 - 15:51

On Wednesday, June 11th, TIP Fellows will present their curriculum units inspired by the Penn Museum's exhibition, Native American Voices: The People – Here and Now, at the Penn Museum! The event is open to the public and will take place at 4pm in the museum's Nevil Classroom, located on the second floor.

The curriculum topics include: Poetry in the Present Tense; Understanding Native American Music; Fact versus Fiction: Christopher Columbus and Thanksgiving; Geography of the Lenape Diaspora; Children of the Earth and Sacred Places; and Math through the Eyes of Pueblo Peoples.

Refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!

TIP's 2014 Spring Gathering

on May 28, 2014 - 15:09

TIP’s 2014 program year ended on Tuesday, May 27th with the annual Spring Gathering at Penn. The event brought participants of TIP’s four seminars together once more to celebrate the end of another successful year.

After refreshments and conversation, TIP’s director Alan Lee welcomed the Fellows and Seminar Leaders. One Fellow from each seminar shared reflections on their experiences and what they gained from TIP this year.

The speakers were:

Sharon Mastrobuoni (Sheppard Elementary School) – The Biology of Food

Margery Willis (Overbrook High School) and Stacia Parker (Parkway West High School) – Teaching the Holocaust: Bearing Witness

Erin Bloom (Wagner Middle School) – Native American Voices: The People – Here and Now

Meagan Rubino (High School of the Future) – Robotics for Everyone!

The speakers paid tribute to the Seminar Leaders, the collegial atmosphere of the seminars, and the resulting intellectual growth.

TIP also commemorated the retirement of two longtime TIPsters, Dale Apple and Stuart Surrey. TIP is grateful for Dale and Stuart’s service and dedication to the program. We wish them the best in their future endeavors.

Thank you to all Fellows, Seminar Coordinators, Teacher Representatives, and Seminar Leaders for making this year a great success!

Four TIP Teachers Selected as 2014 National Fellows by the Yale National Initiative

on April 8, 2014 - 13:53

The Teachers Institute of Philadelphia is pleased to announce that four teachers have been selected to represent TIP as National Fellows at the Yale National Initiative’s summer seminar program in New Haven, CT this July. The Fellows and the seminars they'll participate in are:

Erin Bloom, Wagner Middle School

Eloquence

Tara Ann Carter, Hill-Freedman World Academy

Understanding History and Society through Images, 1776-1914

Sydney Coffin, Edison/Fareira High School

Playing with Poems: Rules, Tools, and Games

Troy Holiday, South Philadelphia High School

Microbes Rule!

They are among 72 teachers from 12 cities and counties across the country who will participate. For two weeks in July, National Fellows will attend daily two-hour seminars, and will create innovative curriculum units for their students based on seminar content, guidance from the Seminar Leader, individual research, and feedback from their colleagues. The units will be shared on the YNI website for reference and use by teachers everywhere. Congratulations to all 2014 National Fellows for being selected for this excellent and rigorous professional development program!

To learn more about the Yale National Initiative, visit: www.yale.teachers.edu.

TIP Kicks Off the 2014 Program Year

on January 17, 2014 - 15:15

The 2014 program year got off to a great start on January 14th as this year’s cohort of Fellows gathered for an orientation reception at Penn. Director Alan Lee introduced the program, and Brett Shiel, Deputy for Teacher Effectiveness at the School District of Philadelphia, addressed the attendees, which included Fellows, Seminar Leaders, TIP alumni, and supporters from the Penn community. Penn Professor Rogers Smith and two TIP Fellows, Stuart Surrey and Terry Anne Wildman, shared insight and remarks about the program, as well. The evening ended with Seminar Leaders meeting with their respective groups in the first seminar session of the program year.

Fellows will take part in an orientation to the Penn Libraries on January 21st, and regular seminar sessions will begin the following week. We’d like to thank everyone who was in attendance for making the orientation reception a success!

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