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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 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

TIP Fellows Samuel Reed, Monique Henry and Cristobal Carambo Receive the Lindback Award

on May 15, 2017 - 18:24

TIP Fellows Sam Reed, Monique Henry, and Cristobal Carambo are being recognized for excellence in education by the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation. Reed teaches humanities at The U School, while also coaching the school's poetry team and running a summer writing program. At Potter Thomas School, Henry teaches with a focus on innovation and the potential of each of her students. Carambo leads the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math program at Philadelphia High School for Girls.  Congratulations to each of these TIP Fellows, and thanks so much for all you do for the students of Philadelphia! Read more here.

Join TIP for our Annual Spring Gathering!

on May 11, 2017 - 19:29

The Teachers Institute of Philadelphia (TIP) is pleased to invite you to our annual Spring Gathering, which will be held on May 30, 2017, 4:30-6:00 PM in the Golkin Room of Houston Hall at the University of Pennsylvania. At the Spring Gathering, the TIP community will reflect on a successful year of teaching, learning, and leading. Four Fellows will speak to their experiences in Spring 2017 seminars: “A Survey of Contemplative Practices across the World’s Religions” led by Dr. Deven Patel; “Is There Any Life in the Worlds Beyond Our Own?” led by Dr. Masao Sako; “That’s My Song!: Musical Genre as Social Contract” led by Dr. Guthrie Ramsey; and “What is the Earth Made of?” led by Dr. Reto Gieré. We will also hear remarks on the growth of TIP by Director Edward Epstein. To RSVP to the Spring Gathering, please send TIP an email, at We hope to see you there!

TIP Fellow Bonnee Breese Receives the Overbrook High School Legacy Award

on May 5, 2017 - 21:52

Longtime TIP and Yale National Initiative Fellow Bonnee Breese has been awarded the Overbrook High School Legacy Award. Breese taught English for many years at Overbrook, and also received the Lindback and Teachers as Heroes awards for her outstanding contributions to teaching. She currently teaches at Science Leadership Academy/Beeber. Congratulations Bonnee!

TIP Fellow Kathleen Radebaugh Receives Billy Penn Who's Next: Education Honor

on May 5, 2017 - 21:23

We congratulate longtime TIP Fellow and Yale National Initiative Fellow Kathleen Radebaugh, who was recognized by Billy Penn as one of "14 people leading the charge in Philadelphia schools." Radebaugh, who teaches English at the H. C. Lea School, was praised for her contributions to extracurricular activities as well as to strengthening academic standards in her school. Read more here.


TIP Fellow Klint Kanopka Presents Innovative STEM Curriculum at the April 29, 2017 Teacher Symposium

on December 7, 2016 - 14:48

Saturday, April 29 | 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Lincoln High School | 3201 Ryan Ave

Teachers Institute of Philadelphia (TIP) Fellow Klint Kanopka will present on argumentation in science classes at the School District of Philadelphia Teacher Symposium, which will take place on April 29, 2017, 11:30 – 1:30 PM at Lincoln High School. At this event, more than 100 educators from the School District of Philadelphia and partner organizations will present on work deemed particularly useful for District educators. Kanopka, who has been a Fellow with TIP multiple times, will be analyzing the components of a scientific argument and positing a model for consensus building in secondary science classrooms. Kanopka currently teaches physics at the Academy at Palumbo, where he founded a MakerSpace, replete with tools, electronics, and a 3D printer, for students to “take their understanding of mechanics and circuits out of their notebooks and into reality.” Visit the Teachers Institute of Philadelphia website for information about applying to the program and for an archive of Fellows’ curriculum units, including Kanopka’s Conservation: The Thermodynamics of Sustainability and Planetary Motion from the Ground Up.