• 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 private schools. We welcome applications of teachers in public, charter, religious, or independent schools in the New York City metropolitan area.

As of the end of the 2018-2019 school year, more than 1,700 teachers who teach at 417 schools have participated in our programs. They teach 170,000 students every year.

Do you offer Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) hours?
We are an approved provider of CTLE hours. Teachers will receive a certificate of completion at the end of their master class.

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 ​subsidize the tuition of two public school teachers. A limited number of scholarships are available.

How do you select teachers to participate in master classes?
All K-12 teachers in the NYC metropolitan area are eligible to apply for master classes. Most successful applicants have at least three years teaching experience. Applications are evaluated by Academy for Teachers Fellows who volunteer to help select participants for each master class.

When do you notify teachers accepted into a master class?
Within three weeks after applications are closed.

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.

What other programs do you offer?
We offer special events to build community among our many Fellows and to connect them to the cultural and intellectual life of our great city. The Academy for Teachers chorus performs twice a year (no prior singing experience needed) and we also field a softball team every year.

Fellows are eligible to apply for the $5,000 Don Quixote “Follow Your Dream” Fellowship and for full scholarships to the Bread Loaf School of English.

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. ​​