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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

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!

2015 Spring Gathering

on May 20, 2015 - 14:46

TIP’s 2015 Spring Gathering was held on Tuesday, May 26, 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:

Cara Wallin (Shawmont Elementary School) – Electronics from Toys to Tools: An Adventure for Future Engineers

Wendi Umoren (Tilden Middle School) – Aliens and Others: African Americans [Re]Writing Generic Fiction

Alena Newpher-Lockard (Overbrook High School) – Penn Laboratory on Energy, Sustainability and Environment

Terry Anne Wildman (Overbrook Elementary School) – Roots of the American Empire

TIP also commemorated the retirement of Pat Mitchell-Keita-Doe, a longtime Fellow and Teacher Representative. TIP is grateful for Pat’s service and dedication to the program. We wish her the best in her future endeavors.

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

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 19 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:

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!