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 apply for a master class. Any K–12 teacher from the New York City metropolitan area may apply. Applications open about two months before each master class takes place.

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

  • Through the Looking-Glass: Curiosity, Nonsense, and Wonder
    with Maria Tatar
    Offered in partnership with The Morgan Library & Museum
    Friday, October 9, 2015
    9:00am – 4:00pm
    Nominations are no longer being accepted.
  • Solid to Void: The Ghost in Contemporary Fiction
    with Karen Russell
    Offered in partnership with The National Archives at New York City (The U.S. Customs House)
    Tuesday, October 20, 2015
    9:00am – 4:00pm
    Nominations are no longer being accepted.
  • Religion and the United States Supreme Court
    with John Sexton
    Offered in partnership with New York University
    Wednesday, October 21, 2015
    9:00am – 4:00pm
    Nominations are no longer being accepted.
  • Master Class on Basketball
    with Bob Hurley, Sr.
    Offered in partnership with The West Side YMCA
    Thursday, November 12, 2015
    Nominations are no longer being accepted.
  • The Legal History of Marriage Equality
    with Sharon Marcus
    Offered in partnership with Columbia University
    Tuesday, December 1, 2015
    9:00am – 4:00pm
    Nominations are no longer being accepted.
  • Spoken Word Poetry
    with Taylor Mali
    Offered in partnership with The New-York Historical Society
    Monday, December 7, 2015
    9:00am – 4:00pm
    Nominations are no longer being accepted.
  • Moral Philosophy: Plato and Aristotle
    with Geoffrey Sayre-McCord
    Offered in partnership with The Park Avenue Armory
    Thursday, December 17, 2015
    9:00am – 4:00pm
    Nominations are no longer being accepted.
  • Gross Anatomy
    with Samuel D. Hodge
    Offered in partnership with The Museum of the City of New York
    Friday, January 8, 2016
    9:00am – 4:00pm
    Nominations are no longer being accepted.
  • Computing Fundamentals
    with Brian Kernighan
    Offered in partnership with Princeton University at the Princeton Club
    Friday, January 15, 2016
    9:00am – 4:00pm
    Nominations are no longer being accepted.
  • An Introduction to the Mathematical Theory of Knots and Links
    with Sylvain Cappell
    Offered in partnership with Math for America
    Tuesday, February 23, 2016
    9:00am – 4:00pm
    Nominations are no longer being accepted.
  • The Evolution of Beauty
    with Richard Prum
    Offered in partnership with The American Museum of Natural History
    Thursday, February 25, 2016
    9:00am – 4:00pm
    Nominations are no longer being accepted.
  • Philosophy and Children’s Literature
    with Thomas E. Wartenberg
    Offered in partnership with The U.S. Custom House
    Thursday, April 7, 2016
    9:00am – 4:00pm
    Nominations are no longer being accepted.
  • Research with a (Re)Purpose: The Films of Bill Morrison
    with Bill Morrison
    Offered in partnership with The Museum of Modern Art
    Friday, April 22, 2016
    9:00am – 4:00pm
    Nominations are no longer being accepted.
  • The Lifelong Advantage of Curiosity
    with David McCullough
    Offered in partnership with The New York Public Library
    Wednesday, May 4, 2016
    9:00am – 4:00pm
    Nominations are no longer being accepted.
  • A Carbon Atom’s Journey
    with Christian M. Rojas
    Offered in partnership with Barnard College
    Friday, May 13, 2016
    9:00am – 4:00pm
    Nominations are no longer being accepted.