TIP Fellows Present at District-wide Professional Development Sessions May 6, 2022 – Posted in: Uncategorized

This spring, three TIP fellows conducted workshops at the School District of Philadelphia’s “Tune-Up Tuesday” sessions in March and April. The twice-monthly, peer-led events enable teachers from around the District to improve their knowledge of both content and pedagogy. These sessions are organized by the District’s Office of Teaching and Learning and are held virtually on Zoom. TIP presenters led sessions on their curriculum units from various seminars. 

On March 8 and 22, Robert Amezola-Rivera presented “Using Roblox to Explore Race, Class, and Gender” from the 2021 TIP Seminar “Cities through the Lens of Race, Class, and Gender.” In this presentation, Amezola-Rivera explained how he uses digital games in the classroom to help students think about urban social justice issues, with a focus on race, class, and gender.

On April 5 and 26th, Joseph Alberti presented “Thinking and Writing about Renewable Energy” from the 2021 TIP Seminar “Renewable Energy Schemes.” Alberti teaches about the renewable and nonrenewable sources of energy in this unit, helping students create a service project to spread awareness about the different energy sources they feel would best meet our increasing energy needs.

On those same days, Charlotte Walker also presented on “Cancer, Medical Ethics, and Inequities” from the 2021 TIP Seminar “Cancer Biology and Technology.” Her unit curriculum explored the concepts of Hela cells, cancer, and medical ethics, eventually analyzing the systemic medical racism and health inequities in the United States.

More information about Tune-up Tuesdays is on the Distrct’s website at https://www.philasd.org/teachingandlearning/professional-development/tune-up-tuesday/.