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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.

"I am in awe of our professor and our group of students who have made invaluable contributions to our poetry selections. It is truly a pleasure to attend this class at the end of a long school day. Thank you, Dr. Lee of TIP, for this great opportunity. I intend to apply much of what I am learning to my curriculum writing project!” -- High school Spanish teacher

Join Us for TIP's Open House on Tuesday, December 6

on November 23, 2016 - 20:33

TIP's Open House will be held on Tuesday, December 6 at 4:30pm in Silverstein Forum in Stiteler Hall (208 South 37th Street). Prospective Fellows are invited to attend to learn about the 2017 seminar offerings. Seminar Leaders will introduce their respective topics.

Please register to attend so that TIP can plan accordingly. We look forward to seeing you there!

2017 Seminar Topics

on November 17, 2016 - 19:41

TIP is pleased to announce the seminar offerings for the 2017 program year:

A Survey of Contemplative Practices across the World’s Religions

Deven Patel, Professor of South Asia Studies; Religious Studies; and Comparative Literature

Is There Any Life in the Worlds Beyond Our Own? (meets on Wednesdays)

Masao Sako, Professor of Physics & Astronomy

That’s My Song!: Musical Genre as Social Contract (meets on Wednesdays)

Guthrie Ramsey, Professor of Music

What is the Earth Made of?

Reto Gieré, Professor of Earth & Environmental Science

Seminar descriptions can be viewed here.

TIP seminars are open to K-12 teachers in School District of Philadelphia-managed schools. Applications are due on Wednesday, December 14 by 5pm. Seminars begin on Tuesday, January 17 and meet in two-hour weekly sessions until May. Unless otherwise noted, seminars meet on Tuesdays from 4:30-6:30pm. Enrollment is limited. For more information, call 215-746-6176 or email teachersinstitute@sas.upenn.edu.

TIP Welcomes New Director

on November 3, 2016 - 16:04

On November 1, 2016, Alan J. Lee retired as the Director of the Teachers Institute of Philadelphia. A joint committee of University of Pennsylvania scholars and School District of Philadelphia teachers conducted a search process that selected Edward M. Epstein to be his successor.

Edward Epstein assumes the Director role after five years as Associate Director of Education and Institutional Relations at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Previously, he was Executive Director of the University City Arts League, where he expanded class offerings to serve a growing youth audience. Prior to the Arts League, Mr. Epstein founded the 40th Street Artist-in-Residence program (AIR) which offers studio space to West Philadelphia artists in exchange for service to the community. As many AIR residents chose to undertake a service project in local public schools, he developed strong relationships with the School District of Philadelphia during this time. Mr. Epstein knows TIP well, having led popular and well-regarded seminars in each of the TIP’s first three years. He has also been a member of TIP’s University Advisory Committee.

Dr. Lee led the Teachers Institute for twelve years, first as the Planning Director in 2005, and starting in 2006 as the founding director through TIP’s first eleven program years. Previously, Dr. Lee spent many years teaching history, social studies, and government in the School District of Philadelphia, and also served as a lecturer in Penn’s Political Science Department.

Please welcome Edward Epstein as he leads TIP into its next chapter of providing extraordinary professional development for School District of Philadelphia teachers!

Yale National Initiative Fall Conference

on November 3, 2016 - 15:57

On October 28 and 29, the 2016 Yale National Fellows and administrators from Teachers Institutes gathered in New Haven for the Yale National Initiative's annual fall conference. This gathering highlights curriculum units that National Fellows created during the intensive summer Institute, and how those curriculum units were implemented in the classroom. 

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

The conference was attended by TIP’s founding director, Dr. Alan Lee and incoming director, Mr. Edward Epstein. TIP’s National Fellows were grateful for the opportunity to celebrate Dr. Lee’s retirement with YNI colleagues from all over the United States.

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

2016 Curriculum Units

on September 15, 2016 - 17:26

Check out curriculum units created by the 2016 Fellows! The seminars were:

Biography as History, or, Perhaps, History as Biography
The Evolving Universe
Our Earth, a Fragile Home
Thinking Black, Writing Revolution: The Harlem Renaissance in Conversation with the Black Arts Movement 

TIP's collection of curriculum units is an excellent resource for teachers everywhere! Congratulations and thanks to the 2016 Fellows for their excellent work!

Congratulations to the 2016 Yale National Fellows

on July 26, 2016 - 17:13

Congratulations to the 2016 Yale National Fellows, especially our team of TIP teachers, for completing the Yale National Initiative's summer seminar program at Yale University. You make TIP, Penn, and the School District of Philadelphia proud!

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

National Fellows attended daily two-hour seminars led by Yale University professors for two weeks in July. 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 Yale National Initiative's website for reference and use by teachers everywhere. Congratulations to all 2016 National Fellows for taking part this distinguished professional development program!

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

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!

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