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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

TIP Fellows Offer Expertise at Teacher Resource Forum

on October 16, 2017 - 20:10

TIP Fellows Charlena Watson, Jaimie Piotrowicz, and Amanda Shear were presenters at the Teacher Resource Forum, a day-long conference that feautres Philadelphia educators committed to improving classroom outcomes and fostering pedagogical innovation. Charlena, in her presentation entitled "Coach, Not Tell," examined the different ways teachers can help families promote literacy development outside the classroom. Jaimie, in "Cross-Cuurricular Connections with Real News," focused on how to best implement current events into lesson plans and engage students in local, national, and global affairs. Amanda's talk, "Music is the Movement of Civil Rights," drew on her experiences as a TIP Fellow under the tutelage of Dr. Guthrie Ramsey,  Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music at the University of Pennsylvania. Her presentation explored the use of culturally sustaining pedagogy in developing curricula. Congratulations to all our Fellows! 

TIP Fellows Lead the Way at Teacher Resource Forum

on October 9, 2017 - 21:03

Philadelphia teachers are invited to the Teacher Resource Forum, a half-day of professional development featuring distinguished educators and service-based organizations. As you network with and learn from community leaders, hear 2017 Fellows Amanda Schear and Jaimie Piotrowicz discuss how they have translated their TIP experiences into innovative classroom practices. Compensation and Act 48 credits are available. The Teacher Resource Forum will take place on October 14th at Lincoln High School. Check-in starts at 8am. Click the following link for more info.


TIP Co-Hosts Celebration of Writing and Literacy

on October 9, 2017 - 20:24


On October 7th, members of the Philadelphia community convened for a full-day conference on promoting new approaches to supporting writing and literacy for young people. The Celebration of Writing and Literacy entailed youth programming, keynote addresses from members of the Maryland Writing Project, and workshops and roundtables on the development of literary skills. The event’s resounding success was evident in the passion and creativity with which participants confronted the challenges posed both inside the classroom and beyond. The Teacher’s Institute of Philadelphia would like to thank the Philadelphia Writing Project, our partner organizations, and all the educators and students that made the Celebration of Writing and Literacy an unforgettable experience.



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!