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Astor Educators for K–12 Learning

This unprecedented professional learning opportunity for New York City public school teachers aims to illuminate how art is vital to student learning. Teachers selected to participate in the Astor Educator initiative collaborate with Museum specialists to investigate how experiences with works of art can support learning for all students. The transformative pedagogy developed by the Astor Educators is shared with teachers in New York City and beyond.

Astor Educators:

  • learn and develop teaching strategies that connect works of art to students' lives and world issues;
  • meet regularly as a group in person and online to build a professional dialogue and share their practice;
  • develop Common Core State Learning Standard–aligned lessons and apply them during three class trips to the Museum over the course of the school year;
  • reflect on their teaching practice to identify strengths and areas for improvement; and
  • share exemplary lesson plans (as well as videos of these in action) with peers on a local, national, and global level on The Met's website.

Astor Educators is an opportunity to work with great teachers from across the city while interacting with the collection and the many resources at The Met. It's given me support, and inspiration from colleagues, to further "step up my game" when it comes to creating engaging, fun lessons for my students that promote making connections between art, history, and who we are now.

—Denise Martinez, Astor Educator, 2014–15 cohort


How Can I Get Involved?

The Metropolitan Museum of Art will be accepting applications for the 2016–17 Astor Educator cohort in spring 2016. Active New York City public elementary school teachers working in Title I or District 75 schools are eligible to apply.

Questions? Email astoreducators@metmuseum.org.

This professional learning initiative is made possible by the Brooke Astor Fund for New York City Education in The New York Community Trust.