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Resources for TIP Fellows


Unit Writing Resources

Unit Writing Guide

Slide presentation by Fellow Alima McKnight on writing a TIP curriculum unit

Unit Writing Presentations

Video recording of the February 2, 2022 unit writing workshop, with presentations by Charlette Walker, Rebecca Horner, and Greg Probst on the writing of their units

Unit Writing Guidelines and Deadlines

This document contains the expectations and due dates for the 2024 Spring Seminar Program.

Unit Writing Template

Use this Word Template to build your TIP Curriculum Unit. Template includes required sections and is formatted with correct margins and style sheets for headings and body paragraphs.

Spring 2024 Seminar Locations

This document contains instructions to seminar locations.

Unit Formatting Presentation

Instruction by TIP Director Edward Epstein in how to use the Unit Template to create a TIP unit

Unit Development Workshop

Video recording of the spring 2022 Unit Development Workshop in which three TIP fellows describe their unit writing process and give tips.

General Information about TIP

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.

Program Orientation

Video recording of the January 26, 2022 TIP program 0rientation. Contains essential information for fellows about TIP’s mission and approach, as well as guidance on how to successfully write a curriculum unit.

Library Resources

An Introduction to Penn’s Library Resources

Demonstration of library search techniques by Penn Librarian Lauris Olson
Spring 2022.

Important links for library research

Penn Libraries website:
Using Electronic Resources:
Franklin Catalog:
Copyright Resources to Support Publishing and Teaching (library guide):

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.

An Introduction to Temple’s Library Resources

Demonstration of library search techniques by Temple librarian Andrea Goldstein
Spring 2022.

Important links for library research at Temple

Temple Libraries website:

Obtaining Permission to Use Copyrighted Material

Step I:

No matter the length of the material excerpt (that is, how much of the total work is used), the fellow should be aware that the work may have outlived its copyright protection and may be in the public domain. Once in the public domain, there are no restrictions on the use of the work.

Currently, works which were under a statutory copyright before 1925 are in the public domain. Therefore, the fellow should realize that there is a great deal of valuable material already in the public domain. As an example, all of Shakespeare’s plays are in the public domain. However, if a new edition of one of the plays is annotated, then this new edition would be copyrighted because of the original contributions of the editor. The original language of the Shakespeare play should be used where there is a question.

In order to acquire information as to the copyright status of certain works, the fellows should search for the work’s status online at Fellow may request contact information for the copyright holder by writing to the Register of Copyrights at the Library of Congress as follows:

Dear Register:

Please provide information on the copyright status of the following item(s):

Name of work:
Author(s) or composer(s):
Original date of publication:
Original holder of copy:

If this item is not public domain, would you kindly provide:
The Name of owner:
Owner’s Address:

Step II:

If the work or excerpt is not in the public domain, or it is not clear whether it is, the fellow should secure permission to duplicate the material from the copyright owner. The following information is designed to help the fellow locate holders of copyright and secure permission.

Locating the Copyright Holder

The title page of a publication, or its reverse, should contain the copyright notice. This page should include the year of the publication, the name of the copyright owner, and in general, any acknowledgements of other copyright material used in the book. The word “acknowledgement” indicates that some material remains with the original owner.

The address of most copyright holders is printed with the copyright notice, but be aware that publishers may move or the copyright may be sold or transferred to another company. The publishers’ associations listed below can help in supplying further information.

Association of American Publishers
Music Publishers Association of the United States
Association of Magazine Media

Also, the U.S. Register of Copyrights keeps records of all deposits and transfers (FORM A should provide this information). The Copyright Office will, for a fee, conduct a search, on request, if there is real difficulty in locating the current owner of a copyright.

We recommend that fellows write to the copyright holder as follows requesting permission to use the materials:

Dear [Name of Copyright Holder]:

I am a teacher in the School District of Philadelphia working with the Teachers Institute of Philadelphia, affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. I am preparing a curriculum unit for my own and my colleague’s use in school courses. I would like to include, in my unit, the following material, for which you hold the copyright.

[Title, author and/or editor, and edition]
[Material to be used – describe, give page numbers etc.]

My unit, containing this material, will be compiled with other curriculum units which the Institute will reproduce and distribute, free of charge, to teachers in Philadelphia schools and other teachers, upon request. The units are intended to provide new and exciting material for teachers to use in their own classrooms. Teachers in the Institute assemble these materials with the help of grants from various private and public funders. Because of limited, non-profit distribution of the units, for teaching purposes, we request that no royalties be charged.

I request your written permission to reproduce this material in the compiled units. Because units must be made available to teachers at the beginning of the school year, your prompt consideration and reply is greatly appreciated.


Campus Access


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.

Parking near Sheraton Hotel on Chestnut and 36th

Science Center Parking Garage Map


Parking at Temple

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

On Street:

  • There are parking meters stations in the Cecil B. Moore Lot (Cecil B. Moore Avenue between 12th and 13th streets) and the Tuttleman Lot (Montgomery Avenue between 12th and 13th streets). These stations require you to pay $6-7/hour. Paid parkin is available in both lots 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Walnut, Chestnut, Market, 37th, 38th, and 39th are often good prospects for a spot in the later afternoon, i.e., 4 p.m. or after. These meters cost $.25 per 15 minutes for up to three hours.

Parking Garages:

  • Temple University’s Office of Parking Services provides safe and affordable parking around campus. There are two main public parking garages on the Main Campus of Temple University. Liacouras garage is located at 1601 N. 15th Street and parking costs $20. Montgomery Garage is located at 1859 N. 11th Street and parking is $6 per hour. Both of these garages are conveniently located near campus so you can easily get to your seminars.

Liacouras Parking Garage Map

Montgomery Parking Garage Map