The TIP Handbook

The handbook gives important information about the Teachers Institute of Philadelphia (TIP) and the requirements for successful completion of the program. It provides resources that are designed to assist in writing a curriculum unit. Download the handbook here: 2019 Handbook. Download the curriculum writing template here: 2019 Curriculum Writing Template

Resources for Curriculum Unit Implementation

TIP has a set of AV tools available for Fellows to use in implementing their curriculum units. To learn more about borrowing the equipment, contact the TIP office at 215-694-6176. The following items are available for Fellows to borrow:

  • Sony HDR-PJ380 Camcorder
  • Solo 5 Hovercam
  • Logitec C920 Webcam
  • Vivitek D554 Projectors
  • Lenova Thinkpad Yoga 460 Laptop
  • Canon EOS Rebel T6 + 18-55 / 75-300mm Lens Camera
  • Qomo Audio Response System (30 “clickers”)
  • Hisonic HS-122B Portable Wireless PA Amplifier

University ID Cards

University of Pennsylvania

Teachers enrolled as Fellows in TIP seminars meeting at the University of Pennsylvania receive identification cards known as PennCards. These photo ID cards are necessary for admission to, and borrowing rights from, the University Library system, as well as admission to a number of buildings on campus. PennCards can be obtained at the The PennCard Center, located on the second floor of the Penn Bookstore at 3601 Walnut Street. The Center is open from 8:30am – 5pm daily. PennCard customer service can be reached by phone at: 215-417-CARD (2273). For more information about PennCards and their uses, the web address is If a card is lost or stolen, please report immediately to the PennCard Center, or Penn Police at: 215-573-3333.

Along with a PennCard, each Fellow will receive a PennKey, a user ID which gives access to Penn’s online resources. You will need your PennKey to access Canvas, a platform many seminar leaders use to distribute materials, conduct discussions, and receive assignments online.

Temple University

Teachers enrolled as Fellows in TIP seminars meeting at Temple University receive OWLCards. These can be obtained at the OWLcard office, Howard Gittis Center suite 101, 1755 North 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122. Temple enrollees will also receive an AccessNet user ID to gain access to Temple University’s online resources

The University of Pennsylvania Library System

TIP Fellows receive PennCards that grant them access to the vast collections of the Penn Libraries. The University of Pennsylvania has one of the nation’s oldest academic libraries. The collections comprise of more than seven million volumes, a million of which are in electronic form; over 100,000 journals; and rare and unique cultural materials. The main library, Van Pelt Library, is located at 34th and Walnut Streets. Fourteen other more specialized libraries are located at various sites on campus.

The staff of the library system is knowledgeable and helpful in assisting in the search for particular resources, the extent of the collections, and the use of library computers and workstations. TIP schedules a library orientation session for Fellows at the beginning of the program year to help them become acquainted with the use, procedures, and resources of the Van Pelt and other libraries.

With a PennCard and PennKey online password, TIP teachers can access many collections in the online catalogs, which may reduce the number of physical trips necessary to the campus and the library. TIP teachers are asked to make themselves aware of borrowing policies and etiquette in order to maintain a rich and valuable relationship between the TIP program and the Penn Library system.

More information about hours, collections, resources, and locations can be found on the Penn libraries website at:

Parking at Penn

 There are two basic choices: on the street and in the parking garages.

On Street:

  • Walnut, Chestnut, 37th, 38th, and 39th are often good prospects for a spot in the later afternoon, i.e., 4 p.m. or after. Meters are $.25 per 15 minutes for up to three hours. Most meters also take dimes, nickels, or Parking Authority Smart Cards.
  • Give yourself enough time to walk to your Seminar and back with a little bit of leeway in case you linger. The Parking Authority is extremely efficient and will write $36 tickets.

Parking Garages:

  • Parking Garages are more expensive, but have more predictable parking capacity. University garages at 38th and Walnut and 40th and Walnut are a fairly short walk to the heart of campus. The Sheraton Hotel at 36th and Chestnut is also a good possibility. A bit further, but also a good possibility, is the Science Center parking garage in the 3600 block of Market Street.