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Training on Instructional Practices for Postsecondary Success (TIPPS) is a series of professional learning modules designed for postsecondary instructors in career and technical education. The modules provide an overview of evidence-based practices that strengthen the teaching and learning process. The ultimate goal of TIPPS is to lead to a better-prepared workforce. Through TIPPS, each instructor can work through the learning modules and construct a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework for their teaching by infusing pedological strategies with diverse learners in mind.

Educators can engage in TIPPS in various ways: Individually at their own pace, collaboratively with a group of peers, and/or by participating in facilitated professional learning sessions. TIPPS content is divided into four 1.5 hour sessions. Sessions are interactive and provide practical activities for applying new knowledge in ways specific to participants’ contexts.

TIPPS spans topics related to learning conditions, curriculum, instruction, and assessment, and focuses on the following learning objectives:

  • Create optimal conditions for learning in an equitable and effective learning environment.
  • Design an accessible curriculum that embraces learner variability.
  • Apply instructional practices that are both rigorous and relevant to increase student engagement
  • Use a balanced assessment and feedback system to inform teaching and learning.

Meet Your TIPPS Instructional Coach:


Shanna Shipman is a twenty-year educator focused on equity and the experience of the whole learner. She most recently spent six years with the American Institutes for Research, where she assisted national, state, and local education agencies with the implementation of evidence-based practices that support learners’ academic, social, and emotional development. She also served as the Social and Emotional Learning Project Lead for the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders. Before that, Shanna provided technical assistance related to curriculum, instruction, and assessment as a Continuous Improvement Coach and Content Specialist for the Illinois State Board of Education. She has taught a spectrum of age levels and currently relishes her role as an Adult Education provider. Shanna’s goal is to support the personal growth of learners of all ages through the development of optimal learning environments.

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