• Master class in Isabel Toledo’s studio. Photo by Pat Swain.


Do you offer master classes for teachers of all subjects and grades?
Yes. There are great teachers in every subject and grade level who deserve recognition and who need inspiration and support.

Do you accept teachers from all kinds of schools?
Our mission is the public sector, but public and private school teachers rarely have an opportunity to work together, and we believe it is critical they do so. Accordingly, a few seats in each master class are reserved for teachers from independent schools. We welcome nominations of teachers in public, charter, religious, or private schools in the New York City metropolitan area.

What does it cost?
There is no cost to the teachers. Tuition is paid by their schools. Public schools pay $250 of the $500 tuition. The balance is subsidized. In a show of support for public schools, ​private schools pay full tuition ​for a teacher to attend ​and also ​subsidize the tuition of two public school teachers. A limited number of scholarships are available.

Can I apply for a master class?
Teachers do not apply for master classes. They are nominated. (​Any teacher or school administrator can make a nomination, so feel free to ask a colleague to nominate you.) If you are already a Fellow of The Academy for Teachers, you can nominate yourself.​

How do I nominate a teacher for a master class?
Calls for nominations are emailed to our mailing list one to two months before each class takes place. The nominating period lasts approximately two weeks. Nominations can also be made in the “master classes” section on our website.

When do you notify teachers accepted into a master class?
Within two weeks after nominations are closed. We only notify successful nominees.

How do you find the masters who lead your classes?
In various ways. Our partner institutions and previous masters make introductions. Sometimes teachers are connected to brilliant, accomplished people. Sometimes potential masters contact us. We also issue invitations from out of the blue. If you know someone who would be interested in leading a master class, please get in touch.

Are donations to The Academy for Teachers tax-exempt?
Yes. The Academy for Teachers is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit institution. Donations are tax deductible. ​​