Create Your Own TED-Style Talk through LifeChanger of the Year

If there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that our LifeChanger community is filled with passionate teachers and school employees. Our LifeChangers have big, valuable ideas that can improve learning outcomes for students.

We want to help our LifeChanger community surface their big ideas and share them with a broader audience, not only in their communities, but around the world. That’s why we’re excited to offer TED Masterclass for the 2019-20 school year!


TED Masterclass is a program designed to help educators master the art of identifying, developing and presenting their best ideas with each other and the world in the form of TED-style talks. It’s comprised of 11 lessons that will show you the fundamentals of delivering a TED-style talk, from developing your topic idea to honing your public speaking skills. Each lesson is delivered through the TED Masterclass app on your phone.

Through our parent company, National Life Group, we’ll be offering 100 teachers and school employees the chance to participate in TED Masterclass free of charge. As part of the Masterclass, you’ll also receive the opportunity to record your talk and submit it to TED.

We are pleased to offer TED Masterclass in the following regions during the 2019-20 school year. Seating is limited, so we strongly encourage you to apply early.

  • Southern Florida (Broward County, Palm Beach County, Miami-Dade)

  • Texas (San Antonio, Austin, and Houston)

  • Denver, CO

  • Portland, OR/Seattle, WA

  • District of Columbia

  • Central New Jersey

Getting Started

1) Check your availability

On average, TED Masterclass takes about 18-20 hours to complete, which breaks down to roughly an hour-90 minutes per week. You are welcome to go through the lessons at your own pace, but we ask that you commit to completing TED Masterclass in its entirety.

You will have roughly four months to complete the Masterclass. Check out a sample timeline here.

The window to complete TED Masterclass will be different for each region. Check out your region below (dates subject to change).

October 3rd, 2019 -February 14th, 2020 - Southern Florida, Texas
October 24th, 2019-March 6th, 2020 - Central New Jersey, District of Columbia
November 14th, 2019-March 27th, 2020 - Denver, Portland/Seattle

2) Grab a partner

Participants can complete TED Masterclass either by working solo, or by collaborating with a partner, each developing their own TED-style talk. We strongly recommend completing the Masterclass with a partner as a way to solicit feedback and hold each other accountable.

Unable to find a partner? Not to worry - we’re happy to pair you up with another educator taking the Masterclass.

3) Complete the application

To be considered for TED Masterclass, we ask that you complete our application form so that we can get a sense of your availability and what you’re interested in speaking about. You will also be given the opportunity to provide contact information for your partner. Click on a button below to start your application.

4) Download the TED Masterclass mobile app

If you’re accepted, you will receive an email containing instructions for downloading the TED Masterclass app on your phone. This app contains the Masterclass lessons, tools for tracking your progress, and helpful resources to develop your TED-style talk.

We’ll also be using the mobile app to hold office hours during each stage of the course. These hours are open to all participants, and they’re a great opportunity to share your progress and get feedback in real time.