Master Classes

Master classes are day-long events that bring select groups of teachers together with our culture’s most brilliant and creative minds. These classes are held in partnership with New York City’s great institutions, which join us in honoring exceptional educators by hosting master classes in their most dignified rooms. Teachers invited to a master class become Fellows of The Academy for Teachers, joining our vibrant community of the city’s strongest educators.

Teachers must be nominated for a master class. Any teacher or school administrator is invited to nominate a K–12 teacher from the New York City metropolitan area. Academy Fellows can nominate themselves. Nominations open about two months before each master class takes place.

We add additional master classes to the calendar when they are finalized.

  • A Close Reading of Shakespeare’s Sonnets
    with James Shapiro
    Offered in partnership with The New School
    Friday, October 11, 2013
    9:00am – 4:00pm
    Nominations are now closed.
  • How to be Opinionated!!!
    with Gail Collins
    Offered in partnership with The New York Times
    Tuesday, October 29, 2013
    9:00am – 4:00pm
    Nominations are now closed.
  • Into the Woods
    with Maria Tatar
    Offered in partnership with The New York Public Library
    Tuesday, November 19, 2013
    9:00am – 4:00pm
    Nominations are now closed.
  • Black Holes
    with Charles Liu
    Offered in partnership with The American Museum of Natural History
    Thursday, December 5, 2013
    9:00am – 4:00pm
    Nominations are now closed.
  • The 1913 New York Armory Art Show
    with Casey Nelson Blake
    Offered in partnership with The New-York Historical Society
    Monday, January 6, 2014
    9:00am – 4:00pm
    Nominations are now closed.
  • Empathy and the Image
    with Tracy K. Smith
    Offered in partnership with Poets House
    Monday, January 13, 2014
    9:00am – 4:00pm
    Nominations are now closed.
  • Contemporary American Women: What Makes a Maker
    with Amy Richards
    Offered in partnership with The New-York Historical Society
    Monday, March 3, 2014
    9:00am – 4:00pm
    Nominations are now closed.
  • A Day at the Frick
    with Rika Burnham
    Offered in partnership with The Frick Collection
    Monday, April 28, 2014
    10:00am – 5:00pm
    Nominations are now closed.
  • A Master Class in Aesthetic Education
    with Maxine Greene
    Offered in partnership with Lincoln Center Education
    Monday, May 5, 2014
    9:00am – 4:00pm
    Nominations are now closed.
  • The Observation of Trifles: Seeing What’s Hidden in Plain Sight
    with Alexandra Horowitz
    Offered in partnership with Barnard College
    Tuesday, May 13, 2014
    9:00am – 4:00pm
    Nominations are now closed.
  • A Master Class in Leadership
    with Wil Smith
    Offered in partnership with CUNY, Roosevelt House
    Friday, May 16, 2014
    9:00am – 4:00pm
    Nominations are now closed.
  • Master Class with Stephen Sondheim
    with Stephen Sondheim
    Offered in partnership with The Shubert Organization
    Wednesday, May 21, 2014
    9:00am – 4:00pm
    Nominations are now closed.
  • How to Listen like a Composer
    with David Lang
    Offered in partnership with Carnegie Hall
    Wednesday, May 28, 2014
    9:00am – 4:00pm
    Nominations are now closed.
  • Yearning for Divinity: An Introduction to Hinduism
    with John J. Thatamanil
    Offered in partnership with Union Theological Seminary
    Thursday, June 5, 2014
    9:00am – 4:00pm
    Nominations are now closed.