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.

  • Site-Specific Art
    with Edmund de Waal
    Offered in partnership with the Frick Collection and the Hewitt School
    Friday, October 11, 2019
    10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Apply here by Monday, September 9, 2019
  • Women in China
    with Dorothy Ko
    Offered in partnership with Barnard College
    Wednesday, October 30, 2019
    9:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
    Apply here by Thursday, September 19, 2019
  • Immigrant New York
    with Rebecca Kobrin
    Offered in partnership with Columbia University
    Monday, November 4, 2019
    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Apply here by Thursday, September 19, 2019
  • The Declaration of Independence
    with Richard H. Brodhead
    Offered in partnership with the National Archives at NYC
    Thursday, November 7, 2019
    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Apply here by Thursday, September 19, 2019
  • African American Women Activists
    with Jacqueline Jones Royster
    Offered in partnership with The Park Avenue Armory
    Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Apply here by Thursday, September 19, 2019
  • Grammar Clinic
    with Mary Norris
    Offered in partnership with Scholastic
    Friday, November 15, 2019
    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Apply here by Thursday, September 19, 2019
  • Write Better: Tools for Building Stronger Stories
    with Alex Martin
    Offered in partnership with The Wall Street Journal
    Monday, November 18, 2019
    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Apply here by Thursday, September 19, 2019
  • Income Inequality: Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
    with Eliot Spitzer
    Offered in partnership with the National Archives at NYC
    Monday, December 2, 2019
    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Applications are not yet being accepted.
  • Telling Stories Out of School (A Two-Session Master Class)
    with Mike Birbiglia and Seth Barrish
    Offered in partnership with The Barrow Group
    December 4, 2019 • December 18, 2019
    9 a.m. – 4 p.m. • 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    Applications are not yet being accepted.
  • Citizen Science
    with Mary Ellen Hannibal
    Offered in partnership with the New-York Historical Society
    Monday, December 9, 2019
    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Applications are not yet being accepted.
  • America Sings
    with Nick Demeris
    Offered in partnership with Carnegie Hall
    Tuesday, December 10, 2019
    10 a.m. – 5 p.m., performance at 6 p.m.
    Applications are not yet being accepted.
  • Podcast! (A Two-Session Master Class)
    with Neal Carruth
    Offered in partnership with NPR's New York Bureau
    December 16, 2019 • January 23, 2020
    9 a.m. – 4 p.m. • 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Applications are not yet being accepted.
  • Walt Whitman and the Civil War
    with Ed Folsom
    Offered in partnership with The Morgan Library & Museum
    Friday, February 28, 2020
    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Applications are not yet being accepted.
  • Design
    with Maira Kalman
    Date TBD
    Applications are not yet being accepted.
  • The Graphic Novel
    with Art Spiegelman
    Date TBD
    Applications are not yet being accepted.
  • Eternal Youth: Science and Fantasy
    with Allen M. Spiegel
    Offered in partnership with Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    Monday, April 20, 2020
    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Applications are not yet being accepted.
  • Basketball
    with Bob Hurley, Sr.
    Date TBD
    Applications are not yet being accepted.