Teachers Institute of Philadelphia
Posted by University of Pennsylvania on December 14, 2015
The Teachers Institute of Philadelphia (TIP) is a unique academic professional development project based on a collaborative partnership and supportive relationship between the University of Pennsylvania and the School District of Philadelphia. The Teachers Institute is built upon a successful model of practiced by Yale University and the New Haven (CT) Public Schools. TIP’s goal is to improve the quality of classroom teaching in public schools in West and Southwest Philadelphia, through a sustained academic professional development effort.
TIP offers academic seminars lasting fourteen weeks to a diverse selection of teachers (known as Fellows). These seminars bring together university faculty and School District of Philadelphia teachers in a collaborative and collegial effort as professional educators. The seminar topics, based on input by the teachers themselves, are designed to improve their mastery of academic content.
A tangible result is the creation of curriculum units and lesson plans by the teachers, reviewed with feedback by their peers, for classroom use. The finished curricula and lessons are then archived on TIP’s website and can be accessed by teachers everywhere.
Each participating teacher who completes all requirements of the seminar series will be awarded an honorarium of $1,000. The seminars themselves are offered to the teachers at no cost, though there may be, as may be reasonably expected, some expenditure for books and/or materials.
Who is eligible?
Full-time K-12 teachers in the public schools of West and Southwest Philadelphia are eligible for the TIP program (with exceptions made for STEM seminars). At this time, TIP is not serving charter, private or parochial schools.
[Note: Even though applications were due December 11, PHENND was emailed on December 14th with “there are still some available spaces in TIP’s 2016 seminars.”]
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