Special Events

Because our Fellows want to be part of a community of exceptional teachers and kindred spirits, The Academy organizes events that are high-, middle-, and lowbrow. All are free to Fellows.

This Year’s Events

Covid & Teachers: Q & A

with Dr. Céline Gounder
Online
Thursday, September 2, 2021
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. EDT

Book & Writing Groups


at various locations in NYC

Krazy Kat and Comics Storytelling

with Austin English, SVA & Parsons School of Design
Online
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. EDT

History of American Education Part I:
Black Power, Pan Africanist Schools, and Liberated Territories

with Russell Rickford, Cornell University
Online
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. EDT

History of American Education Part II:
What Is School For? Thoughts on Teaching the History of Education

with Academy Fellows Jenna Alden and Daniel Freund
Online
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. EDT

Free Advice

with authors Daniel Handler & Nic Stone
Online
Thursday, November 4, 2021
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. EDT

Last Year’s Events

Telling Stories Out of School

Online
Thursday, July 9, 2020
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Uncut Gems
Screening followed by Q&A

with Benny Safdie, co-director

with Benny Safdie
Online
Thursday, July 16, 2020
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Mindfulness for Educators

with April Frazier
Online
Thursday, July 23, 2020
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Soundtrack of Black Lives Matter:
Activist Music in the Classroom

with Maria De Valle, Nicholas Ryan Gant,
Janelle Lawrence, Alice Tsui & Martin Urbach
Online
Thursday, August 6, 2020
10 a.m. – 11:15
a.m.

Improv for Teachers of Any Subject

with Elana Fishbein
Online
Thursday, August 13, 2020
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

What’s Working: Chemistry

Online
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 • Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 • Wednesday, January 6, 2021
6 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.

Black Joy & Black Excellence:
Transformative Black Communities

with Rosalie Uyola
Online
Monday, October 12, 2020
3 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

A dirty paintbrush and palette knife on top of an abstract painting, next to a palette with wells of paint.
What’s Working: Studio Art

Online
Monday, October 19, 2020 • Monday, November 2, 2020
Monday, November 30, 2020 • Tuesday, January 5, 2021
5 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

Jane Goodall by Vincent Calmell
Jane Goodall in Conversation
with Teachers

with Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & U.N. Messenger of Peace
Online
Saturday, October 24, 2020
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

What’s Working: U.S. History

Online
Monday, November 23, 2020
4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Creating Classroom Culture

Online
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Native Maps & Colonial Maps: Whose World Is It?

with Aisling Roche, Academy of Urban Planning
Online
Thursday, December 3, 2020
5 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

An open book with words on the left-hand page sits between the roots of a tree with red and orange leaves on the ground around it.
Pandemic Poetry & Prose

with Academy Fellows
Online
Friday, December 4, 2020
5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Building Connections through Improv

with Elana Fishbein
Online
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Puppet by Lexy Ho-Tai made of various fabrics (turquoise, pink, magenta, yellow) sticking its tongue out, a fuschia cloth background is behind it.
Meet the Artist, Make Some Art

with Lexy Ho-Tai
Online
Offered in partnership with the Museum of Arts & Design
Thursday, January 28, 2021
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

What’s Working: Smart Assessments

with Academy Fellows Kim Dempsey, Alice Lurain, and Tamanna Shahid
Online
Monday, February 8, 2021
4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Collage of the headshots of (starting from top left) Maureen Darcy, Verónica Valentín,and Luke Westman.
What’s Working: Getting Language Students to Talk

with Academy Fellows Maureen Darcy, Verónica Valentín, and Luke Westman
Online
Monday, February 22, 2021
4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Politics and Education

with Alan Chartock
Online
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

A collage of headshots. Starting from the top left: Amber Joseph, Holly Spinelli, Catherine Thompson.
What’s Working: Civics Reconsidered, Part I

with Academy Fellows Amber Joseph, Holly Spinelli, and Catherine Thompson
Online
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

The Socratic Seminar: Online and In-Person

with Academy Fellow Orli Kleiner
Online
Thursday, March 11, 2021
4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Ella Fitzgerald, Chick Webb, & the Savoy Ballroom

with Ben Young
Online
Friday, March 12, 2021
5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

Investigating Air Quality: A Workshop

with Academy Fellows Emily Hollyday and Samantha Adams
Online
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

What’s Working: Civics Reconsidered, Part II

with Academy Fellows Rashid Duroseau, A. Marisa Harris, and Amy Strassler
Online
Monday, March 22, 2021
4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Bringing Shakespeare to Life

with Academy Fellows Danielle Duffy, Miriam Emery, and Miriam Walden
Online
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Exploring Global Competency: An Interdisciplinary Approach

with Academy Fellows Elizabeth Eagle and Liz Titone
Online
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Role-Playing Foreign Relations: A Simulated Crisis

In partnership with The Council on Foreign Relations
Online
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Yoga in Prospect Park

with Academy Fellow Elana Master
at The Peninsula at Prospect Park
Sunday, June 6, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Show Teachers the Love!

Online
Monday, June 7, 2021
6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. EDT

Bird Walk in the Park! Bring Your Child!

with Academy Fellow Jeffrey Train
at Central Park
Thursday, June 10, 2021
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Pandemic Poetry and Prose: Spring 2021 Edition

Online
Friday, June 4, 2021 • Friday, June 11, 2021
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m EDT

Taiko Drumming

with Academy Fellow Alan Núñez
at Socrates Sculpture Park (Long Island City)
Thursday, June 24, 2021
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Stargazing in the Bronx

with Academy Fellow Michael Wilkinson
at Ethical Culture Fieldston Campus
Monday, July 12, 2021
8:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Gather: Film Screening and Q&A

with White Mountain Apache Chef Nephi Craig
Online
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. EDT

Urban Ecology Tour

with Zaac Chaves
at Inwood Park
Thursday, July 15, 2021
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Painting in the Park

With Academy Fellow Kandice Stewart
Online
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Using the Pandemic to Teach Science

with Academy Fellows Michael Becker, Felicia Giunta, and Tracy LaGrassa
Online
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. EDT

Music and Social Change

with Academy Fellows Bettina Bricceti, Tracy Garrison-Feinberg, and Martin Urbach
Online
Friday, August 6, 2021
3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. EDT

Improv

with Academy Fellow Elissa Levy
at Riverside Park
Monday, August 9, 2021
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Freewriting with Friends

with Academy Fellow John Istel
at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 3
Monday, August 9, 2021
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Observing the Evening Sky

with Academy Fellows David Deutsch, Alia Jackson, and Jay Lang
at Curtis High School
Monday, August 16, 2021
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Song, Dance, and Rhythm: Honoring Ibo Warriors

with Kimani Fowlin, Academy Fellow Megan Minturn, and Okai Musik
at Prospect Park
Tuesday, August 17, 2021
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

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