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The Cullman Center Institute for Teachers


Illustration by Gary Panter
Illustration by Gary Panter


“Cullman Center workshops are the very best professional development I have been involved in. They have immediate impact on my teaching. I always return to school excited to put into practice some element of what I've learned.” — David Wilson

“The Cullman Center and its workshops are an inspiration, a reminder, a challenge to stay focused on what matters in education — curiosity and inquiry.” — Matthew Hoffman

The Cullman Center Institute for Teachers offers two distinct programs for professional development that give teachers an opportunity to enrich their understanding of the humanities and research in one of the world's great libraries. The Institute is located in The New York Public Library's landmark building on Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street at The Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.

Our Spring Seminars, which last a day, are free. Breakfast and lunch are included.

Summer Seminars last a week. Participants receive a $300 stipend, all required books and materials, a private office with networked computer at the Cullman Center, and breakfast and lunch each day. There is also an opportunity to receive graduate credit through Adams State College. Click here for details.

Space is limited. Any full-time teacher, school librarian, or administrator is welcome to apply; priority is given to public school teachers in the New York metropolitan area.

Special funding for the Cullman Center's Institute for Teachers is generously provided by Helen and Roger Alcaly and the Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History.


"Your dedication and generosity to NYC public school teachers are truly remarkable — a much appreciated reminder that teaching is a noble profession. You show that in everything you do.” Cinda Becker

“The opportunity to engage in such a deep intellectual pursuit made me feel valued both as a teacher and a person. No one values and treats teachers better than the Cullman Center!”  Kim Kelly


The Cullman Center is made possible by a generous endowment from Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman in honor of Brooke Russell Astor, with major support provided by Mrs. John L. Weinberg, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Estate of Charles J. Liebman, John and Constance Birkelund, The Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, and additional gifts from The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Helen and Roger Alcaly, Mel and Lois Tukman, The Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, The Rona Jaffe Foundation, William W. Karatz, Mary Ellen von der Heyden,  Merilee and Roy Bostock,  The Arts and Letters Foundation, Lybess Sweezy and Ken Miller, and Cullman Center Fellows.


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