Master Classes

Master classes give exceptional teachers the opportunity to learn from a world-class expert and from each other.  

Our in-person master classes last a day and are held in inspiring rooms provided by the city’s leading academic and cultural institutions. We will resume these classes once it is safe to do so.  

Each of our online master classes is held over two 75-minute sessions. In the first, teachers learn from a master. In the second, participants have a rare and valuable opportunity to exchange ideas with other brilliant teachers. Participants are assigned a small amount of homework to prepare for each session. Teachers apply or are nominated to participate in a master class. Those who are accepted become Fellows of The Academy for Teachers and join our growing community of brilliant educators. K-12 teachers who work in public, charter, and private schools are eligible. Priority is given to educators from the NYC metropolitan area.

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

The History of Policing in the United States

with Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Online
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 • Wednesday, August 19, 2020
12 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Applications & nominations are closed.

Jazz as Global Experiment

with Arturo O’Farrill

Online
Thursday, October 15, 2020 • Thursday, October 29, 2020Friday, November 6, 2020
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Applications & nominations are closed.

Othello: The Moor’s Story

with Stephen Greenblatt

Online
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 • Tuesday, November 10, 2020
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Applications & nominations are closed.

LGBTQ+ Youth and Sexual Assault

with Shamus Khan

Online
Thursday, November 12, 2020 • Thursday, November 19, 2020
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Applications & nominations are closed.

Slavery & Native Americans

with Christian Crouch

Online
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 • Tuesday, November 24, 2020
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Applications & nominations are closed.

Photo of Manjul Bhargava in front of chalkboard
Mathematics & Patterns

with Manjul Bhargava

Online
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 • Tuesday, December 8, 2020
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Applications & nominations now open.

Imaging Social Protests

with Deborah Willis

Online
Monday, December 7, 2020 • Monday, December 14, 2020
5 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Applications & nominations now open.

Virus Evolution

with Paul Turner

Online
Thursday, December 10, 2020 • Thursday, December 17, 2020
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Applications & nominations now open.

Black and white photo of Dr. Max Liborion in front of a microscope
Anti-Colonial Science

with Dr. Max Liboiron

Online
Monday, January 11, 2021 • Tuesday, January 19, 2021
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Applications & nominations not yet open.

Jewish, Christian & Muslim Relations in Medieval Europe

with Sara Lipton

Online
Thursday, January 14, 2021 • Thursday, January 21, 2021
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Applications & nominations not yet open.

Rocks, Water & Life on Other Planets

with Lindy Elkins-Tanton

Online
Monday, January 25, 2021 • Monday, February 1, 2021
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Applications & nominations not yet open.

Portrait of Steven Guarnaccia with fancy designs drawn on his face
Visual Narrative

with Steven Guarnaccia

Online
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 • Wednesday, March 3, 2021
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Applications & nominations not yet open.

Professor Tanton writes on a whiteboard ising a green marker.
How Round is a Cube? A Sideways Interpretation of Euler’s Famous Polyhedron Formula

with James Tanton

Online
Thursday, February 25, 2021 • Thursday, March 4, 2021
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Applications & nominations not yet open.

Was Gandhi Racist? And Other Unsettling Questions about African-Indian Entanglements

with Shobana Shankar

Online
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 • Wednesday, March 17, 2021
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Applications & nominations not yet open.

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