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The TIP network of committed teachers offers both intellectual
stimulation and support to its Fellows

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Curriculum Units

Each fellow writes an innovative and detailed curriculum unit for teachers
across the nation to use in their classrooms to bridge achievement gaps
and engage in the classroom

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Academic Exploration

Our content based approach and partnership with Penn means that our fellows
are exposed to cutting edge knowledge from world renowned professors.

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TIP Fellows’ input shapes the content and
the direction of the program.

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A Celebration of Writing & Literacy

For 19 years, the Philadelphia Writing Project has convened a Celebration of Writing and Literacy, an annual conference presented by and for Philadelphia educators. This year’s conference theme is “Educating for Justice in the Digital Age.” The conference is co-hosted by the Philadelphia Writing Project, the Teachers Institute of Philadelphia (TIP), Penn GSE, and the Penn Museum.

Join local educators online for two days of learning, reflection, and joy as we share promising practices and resources for supporting writing and literacy among young people!

Featured Speakers and Events

Dates and Times

Saturday and Sunday, October 17 and 18, 2020, from 9am to 1:30pm ET


Participants will join keynotes and concurrent sessions via Zoom. Registered participants will receive links to sessions prior to the conference.


  • Each conference day will begin with a keynote (9:00 to 9:50).
  • Two sets of concurrent sessions will follow (10:00 to 10:50) and (11:10 to noon).
  • Each day will conclude with a featured event (noon to 1:00).
  • Act 48 provided.

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Due to the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic and university wide policies TIP will operate remotely in spring 2021.

Click to view the 2019-20 TIP Annual Report

Video from the July 2020 TIP Open House

Introduction/Edward M. Epstein
Alan J. Lee Director

Democracy and Expertise in Science, History and Literature/Prof. Karen Detlefsen

Listening to the Music of Contemporary Africa: History, Politics, and Human Origins/Prof. Carol Muller

Cancer Biology and Technology
Prof. Sandra Ryeom

Cities through the Lens of Race, Class, and Gender/Prof. Rickie Sanders

Renewable Energy Schemes
Prof. Jorge Santiago-Aviles