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Teachers Institute of Philadelphia

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

 

“Learning from Penn professors who are willing and eager to share their expertise is an enriching and edifying experience. These courses offer insights and inspiration for us as we create curricula for students in our content areas. TIP is especially valuable as we push for rigor to meet the Common Core Standards yet seek to keep our students inspired and involved. During these uncertain times for public education, it is a joy to work alongside equally passionate teachers.” -- High school ESOL teacher

Upcoming Deadlines

on May 27, 2016 - 20:33

Fellows, remember that your units are to be submitted to your Seminar Leader via email by Friday, June 17. Program evaluations are required to be completed by Friday, July 1. Best of luck as you finish the school year, and your units!

Spring Gathering 2016

on May 23, 2016 - 18:42

TIP’s 2016 Spring Gathering was held on Tuesday, May 24, bringing together TIP Fellows from all four seminars to celebrate the end of another successful program 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:

Amanda Amanullah (Lea Elementary School) – The Evolving Universe

Nicole Flores (Mitchell Elementary School) – Biography as History, or, Perhaps, History as Biography

Cara Wallin (Shawmont Elementary School) – Our Earth, a Fragile Home

Jada Warfield (Sayre High School) – Thinking Black, Writing Revolution: The Harlem Renaissance in Conversation with the Black Arts Movement 

Thank you to all Fellows, Seminar Coordinators, Teacher Representatives, and Seminar Leaders for making this year a great success! Congratulations, and best wishes as you finish the school year and your curriculum units!

Five TIP Teachers Selected as 2016 National Fellows by the Yale National Initiative

on April 1, 2016 - 16:52

The Teachers Institute of Philadelphia is pleased to announce that five 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:

Cristobal Carambo, Philadelphia High School for Girls Energy Sciences

Tara Ann Carter, Hill-Freedman World Academy Contemporary American Indian History

Sydney Coffin, Edison/Fareira High School – ‘Over the Rainbow’: Fantasy Lands, Dream Worlds and Magic Kingdoms

Klint Kanopka, The Academy at Palumbo The Number Line in the Common Core

Kathleen Radebaugh, Henry C. Lea School Why Literature Matters

For two weeks in July, National Fellows will attend daily two-hour seminars led by Yale University professors. They will create 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 2016 National Fellows for being selected for this distinguished professional development program!

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

TIP Kicks off the 2016 Program Year

on January 20, 2016 - 20:02

The 2016 program got off to a great start on Tuesday, January 19 as this year's cohort of Fellows, along with Seminar Leaders, TIP alumni, and supporters from the Penn community, gathered to kick off TIP's eleventh year. Penn professor Rogers Smith and TIP Fellows Cristobal Carambo and Tara Ann Carter shared remarks. 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!

Applications for 2016 Program are Due on Friday, December 11

on December 2, 2015 - 19:16
Applications for TIP's 2016 program are due on Friday, December 11 at 5pm. The seminars are:

Biography as History, or, Perhaps, History as Biography

Michael Zuckerman, Professor Emeritus of History

The Evolving Universe

Masao Sako, Professor of Physics & Astronomy

Our Earth, a Fragile Home

Reto Gieré, Professor of Earth & Environmental Science

Thinking Black, Writing Revolution: The Harlem Renaissance in Conversation with the Black Arts Movement 

Herman Beavers, Professor of English and Africana Studies

Seminar descriptions can be viewed here. You can apply online here.

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 11 by 5pm. Seminars begin on Tuesday, January 19 and run until May. Enrollment is limited. For more information, call 215-746-6176 or email teachersinstitute@sas.upenn.edu.

Join Us for TIP's Open House on Tuesday, December 1

on November 11, 2015 - 21:48

The Teachers Institute of Philadelphia is pleased to announce the seminar offerings for the 2016 program year:

Biography as History, or, Perhaps, History as Biography

Michael Zuckerman, Professor Emeritus of History

The Evolving Universe

Masao Sako, Professor of Physics & Astronomy

Our Earth, a Fragile Home

Reto Gieré, Professor of Earth & Environmental Science

Thinking Black, Writing Revolution: The Harlem Renaissance in Conversation with the Black Arts Movement 

Herman Beavers, Professor of English and Africana Studies

Seminar descriptions can be viewed here.

Prospective 2016 TIP Fellows are invited to attend this year’s Open House, which will be held on Tuesday, December 1 at 4:30pm in Silverstein Forum in Stiteler Hall (208 South 37th 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 11 by 5pm. Seminars begin on Tuesday, January 19 and run until May. Enrollment is limited. For more information, call 215-746-6176 or email teachersinstitute@sas.upenn.edu.

TIP Featured at National Conference at Yale University

on November 9, 2015 - 18:13

Yale University president Peter Salovey hosted a national conference on supporting and sustaining teachers in high-needs schools on October 30, which coincided with the Yale National Initiative’s annual fall conference. The national conference grew out of the December 2014 White House Summit on College Opportunity, when Yale recommitted to supporting teachers in high-needs public schools and pledged to facilitate a convening on the role of Teachers Institutes in this effort. Attendees included university and college presidents and other officials from 24 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia; school superintendents and leaders; Yale National Initiative Fellows; and Teachers Institute directors. Ted Mitchell, under secretary of education, was the keynote speaker.

The Teachers Institute of Philadelphia (TIP) and the Delaware Teachers Institute (DTI) were featured as case studies of the Institute model. TIP’s presentation consisted of a distinguished panel of Fellows: Bonnee Breese Bentum (Science Leadership Academy @ Beeber), Cristobal Carambo (Philadelphia High School for Girls), and Sydney Coffin (Edison/Fareira High School); University of Pennsylvania Associate Deans Rogers Smith and Larry Gladney and professor emeritus and former interim provost Peter Conn; and William Hite, superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia. Alan Lee, director of TIP, moderated the panel, which presented diverse perspectives on TIP’s impact in high-needs urban schools. During the remainder of the conference, TIP was frequently referred to as an example of the Institute model’s positive impact on teachers and teaching.

The Philadelphia panel and the additional 2015 National Fellows — Joyce Arnosky (Penn Alexander School), Tara Ann Carter (Hill-Freedman World Academy), Klint Kanopka (the Academy at Palumbo), and Kathleen Radebaugh (Lea School) — made an impression and set high standards for which other communities can aim. More information on the conference can be found here

Teaching Immigration, Diversity, and Faith at the National Museum of American Jewish History

on October 5, 2015 - 15:02

Thank you to all who were involved in making Teaching Immigration, Diversity, and Faith at the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) on October 3 a success. The discussion was rich and thought-provoking, thanks to the outstanding panel of professors:

Chiekh Babou – Associate Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania

Yvonne Chireau – Professor of Religion, Swarthmore College

Elliot Ratzman – Assistant Professor of Religion, Temple University

The panel was followed by a group discussion and docent-led tours of the NMAJH. Again, thank you to the event organizers, volunteers, NMAJH staff, the panel, and participants.  

Teaching Immigration, Diversity, and Faith

on September 11, 2015 - 20:14

The Teachers Institute of Philadelphia, the National Museum of American Jewish History, and the Philadelphia Writing Project will present a professional development session for teachers on Saturday, October 3. The event will take place from 9:15am to 1pm at the National Museum of American Jewish History (101 South Independence Mall East).

Teaching Immigration, Diversity, and Faith will feature a panel comprised of university professors, followed by teacher-led breakout groups on developing curricular materials. Attendees will have access to the museum's holdings and resources.

There is no cost to attend, but please register. All teachers are welcome!

2015 Curriculum Units

on September 1, 2015 - 17:19

Check out curriculum units created by the 2015 TIP Fellows! The seminars were:

Aliens and Others: African Americans [Re]Writing Generic Fiction
Electronics from Toys to Tools: An Adventure for Future Engineers
Penn Laboratory on Energy, Sustainability and Environment
Roots of the American Empire

Our collection of curriculum units is an excellent resource for teachers everywhere! Congratulations and thanks to the 2015 Fellows for their great work!

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