The Private Schools and Public Education Partnership

The Academy brings together teachers from public, charter, and independent schools. They learn together, share strategies and ideas, become friends with each other, and in the process gain a deeper understanding of education in America. The Private Schools and Public Education Partnership makes this diverse, inclusive, and inspiring experience available to teachers from all sectors. 

The independent school leaders below have endorsed the Private Schools and Public Education Partnership because of the transformational learning experiences it makes possible and because “the community it supports is powerful, productive, and joyful. It strengthens the teachers we count on to inspire and teach thousands and thousands of children.”

Patricia Hayot, Former Head of School
Chapin School

Joy Hurd, Head of School-Elect
St. Bernard’s School

John Allman, Head of School
Trinity School

Jessica Bagby, Head of School Emerita
Ethical Culture Fieldston School

Frank J. Carnabuci III, Headmaster
The Birch Wathen Lenox School

Drew Casertano, Former Head of School
Millbrook School

George P. Davison, Head of School
Grace Church School

Jane Fried, Head of School
The Brearley School

Katherine Havard, Former Dean of Faculty
Millbrook School

Tom Kelly, Head of School
Horace Mann

Robert (Bo) Lauder, Head of School
Friends Seminary

Evan Moraitis, Head of School
St. Bernard’s School

Greg O’Melia, Head of School
The Buckley School

Dominic AA Randolph, Head of School
Riverdale Country School

Ellen C. Stein, Interim Head of School
The Dalton School

Vince Tompkins, Head of School
Saint Ann’s School

Lisa Waller, Head of School
The Berkeley Carroll School

September 2021

Dear Colleagues,

As heads of school, we enthusiastically endorse The Private Schools and Public Education Partnership offered by The Academy for Teachers. We hope you will join this important undertaking.

The Academy is best known for its master classes, which bring teachers from public, charter, and private schools together with the most brilliant experts and artists on the planet. The impact of these remarkable experiences can last for years.

But The Academy has also evolved into a unique community of diverse teachers eager to learn with, from, and about each other. The Partnership supports The Academy’s programs that make this community possible, giving teachers a greater understanding of how our city’s children, rich and poor, are educated.

“Engaging with a diverse community of teachers really keeps us from entering a bubble. It’s so important for all the teachers in my school and every school to experience.”

The power of The Academy’s programs became clear during the pandemic, when exhausted teachers from all sectors logged on for intellectual nourishment, pedagogical inspiration, and emotional connection.

“Even over Zoom, The Academy runs the most satisfying PD events around. I was inspired by each offering and uplifted by its commitment to teacher’s development.”

Here’s some impressive data: A research study found that being part of The Academy makes a teacher more confident in the classroom, prouder of their profession, and four times more likely to remain a teacher. (This fall, The Academy builds on this impact with an ambitious pilot designed to support early career teachers of color.)

We know that all of you feel a responsibility to the larger community and our society as a whole. We have joined this partnership because the community it supports is powerful, productive, and joyful. It strengthens the teachers we count on to inspire and teach thousands and thousands of children.

So that The Academy is able to bring its transformative professional opportunities to many more teachers, we hope your school will join us in The Private Schools and Public Education Partnership.

Sincerely,

Patricia Hayot, Former Head of School
Chapin School

Joy Hurd, Head of School-Elect
St. Bernard’s School

John Allman, Head of School
Trinity School

Jessica Bagby, Head of School Emerita
Ethical Culture Fieldston School

Frank J. Carnabuci III, Headmaster
The Birch Wathen Lenox School

Drew Casertano, Former Head of School
Millbrook School

George P. Davison, Head of School
Grace Church School

Jane Fried, Head of School
The Brearley School

Katherine Havard, Former Dean of Faculty
Millbrook School

Tom Kelly, Head of School
Horace Mann

Robert (Bo) Lauder, Head of School
Friends Seminary

Evan Moraitis, Head of School
St. Bernard’s School

Greg O’Melia, Head of School
The Buckley School

Dominic AA Randolph, Head of School
Riverdale Country School

Ellen C. Stein, Interim Head of School
The Dalton School

Vince Tompkins, Head of School
Saint Ann’s School

Lisa Waller, Head of School
The Berkeley Carroll School

Berkeley Carroll School
The Birch Wathen Lenox School
The Brearley School
The Buckley School
The Dalton School
Ethical Culture Fieldston School
Friends Seminary
Grace Church School
Horace Mann School
Millbrook School
Riverdale Country School
Saint Ann’s School
St. Bernard’s School
Trinity School

Sustaining Partners support our efforts to build a remarkable community of teachers from public, charter, and private schools, and our program to support early career teachers, particularly teachers of color.

Dues
$10,000Large independent schools with enrollments greater than 800 students
$7,500Medium independent schools with enrollments of 500-800 students
$3,500Small independent schools with enrollments less than 500 students
Benefits
RecognitionAcknowledgement on the Academy’s website and social media
Master Classes50% discount and priority admission consideration for teachers from partner schools

$500 savings for in-person
$175 savings for virtual
Special EventsPriority access for after-school lectures, readings, performances, etc.

Contributors support our community-building special events, which are offered free to public, charter, and private school teachers.

Dues

$2,500

Benefits
Master Classes15% discount

$150 savings for in-person
$50 savings for virtual
Special EventsPriority access over non-partner schools

If your school is interested in joining the Private Schools and Public Education Partnership, please contact Sam Swope at president@academyforteachers.org.

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