How TED Masterclass works in schools

Professional learning leaders, the community of educators you serve is teeming with brilliant, innovative, and — in all likelihood — extremely under-circulated ideas. TED Masterclass for Organizations is a professional learning program that will help you surface and celebrate the best ideas within your school, district or educational organization.

Once you are enrolled, you’ll be able to...
Distribute the TED Masterclass course

Delivered via the TED Masterclass for Organizations app, which is optimized for educators, the TED Masterclass course will guide your colleagues through the process of developing a TED-style talk.

Track your educators' progress

The TED Masterclass administrative portal will allow you to track your educators' progress through the course and elevate the most compelling ideas within your school or district.

Access the TED Masterclass Community

Glean insights and advice from TED staff and a worldwide network of professional learning leaders by attending TED Masterclass’s office hours. These informative sessions are hosted over video conference.

Attend select TED World Theater events

Throughout the year, TED invites the most compelling speakers discovered through TED Masterclass to reprise their talks live in TED’s office theater. You’re invited to attend in person or online.

Share advice from TED speakers

TED’s world class speaker coaches will regularly collect and share public speaking tips from you and your educators' favorite TED speakers.

Nominate your educators' TED-style Talks

You’re invited, but not required, to submit recordings of your educators' TED-style talks to TED’s curators. The top talks will be featured on the TED-Ed Educator Talks channel.

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Course preview

Hosted by Head of TED Chris Anderson, the TED Masterclass course consists of 3 sections and 11 lessons. Each lesson takes about an hour to complete. Educators can progress through the course at their own pace.

An introduction from the Head of TED, Chris Anderson.
Part 1: Identify your ideas
1: What are ideas?
You'll learn how to spot the differences between bad ideas, good ideas and great ideas.
2: What are your ideas?
You'll engage in a rigorous brainstorm and develop a list of ideas for your talk.
3: What's your through-line?
You'll decide which ideas to keep and which ideas to cut.
Part 2: Plan your approach
4: Craft your talk plan
You'll learn when to script your talk and when to improvise.
5: Voice and presence
Learn how to use your voice and body language to enhance the delivery of your talk.
Part 3: Develop your talk
6: Connection
You'll learn how to connect with audience members (in person and online) as you deliver your talk.
7: Storytelling
Learn the ways the ancient art of storytelling can shape your delivery.
8: Explanation
You'll learn how to express complex ideas with clarity.
9: Persuasion
You'll learn how to convince others to genuinely consider your point of view.
10: Revelation
You'll learn how to reveal your ideas in exciting and engaging ways.
11: How to think about visuals
You'll learn how to (and how not to) use visuals to enhance your presentation.

“TED Masterclass helped me share my own ideas while learning how to better appreciate and understand the ideas of others.”

— Mark Wilson, 2009 National Principal of the Year

Experience TED

Participants who submit the most compelling talks will earn an invitation to speak at or attend a TED event.

TED is a nonprofit. All revenue generated through TED Masterclass is reinvested into sparking and celebrating great educator and student ideas throughout the world. Pricing varies based on your school or district’s size and needs.

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