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The Cullman Center Institute for Teachers


The Institute is held at the Cullman Center, above.


“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, History and Geography teacher at International High School at Lafayette. 

"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,  English teacher at Crotona Academy. 


The Cullman Center Institute for Teachers provides opportunities for teachers to enrich their understanding of the humanities in The New York Public Library's landmark building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.  Leading our seminars are scholars and writers who have won Cullman Center Fellowships to pursue their excellent work using the research collections of this Library.

Each participant in a summer seminar will receive a $300 stipend and all required books and materials; at the Cullman Center, participants will be provided with private offices, networked computers, and lunch each day. 

Space is limited:  Full-time teachers, school librarians, and administrators are welcome to apply; priority will be given to public school teachers, grades K-12, in the New York metropolitan area.    

The application for the 2018 summer seminars will be available here soon.  Please remember we welcome previous participants to apply again after two years have passed since their last seminar. 


“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, English teacher at East Side Community High School. 

“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, English teacher at Bergen County Academies. 


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

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, The von der Heyden Family Foundation, John and Constance Birkelund, and The Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, and with additional gifts from The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Helen and Roger Alcaly, The Rona Jaffe Foundation, William W. Karatz, Merilee and Roy Bostock, and Cullman Center Fellows.