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Conference on Teaching Shakespeare in the Elementary Classroom

June 24-26, 2013

Connect with educators from around the country for three days of interactive workshops, discussions and activities for bringing Shakespeare to life in your elementary classroom!

Elementary Education Conference

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Our 2013 Conference is full of  opportunities to explore the way elementary aged students are "doing" Shakespeare!  


We have an exciting line up of authors, teachers, scholars and students to help re-boot your study of Shakespeare with your students or kick it into high gear!


This year's conference will include demonstration and lecture based sessions, an exclusive tour of the Folger Reading Room, a special student performance, roundtable discussions, book signings and a closing reception.


 2013 Sessions Scheduled*


Monday, June 24


Keynote Address:

Author Ken Ludwig - "How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare"

Award-winning playwright  of  Lend Me a Tenor and Crazy for You, author and theatre educator Ken Ludwig will give a talk and demonstration from his new book

How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare. Books available for signing after the session. Find out more about his work and new book at www.kenludwig.com

(4th-7th grade)


The Helena Project: Idaho Shakespeare Festival

Renee Vomocil, Director of Education for the Idaho Shakespeare Festival will share techniques used in their program developed for students of various leaning abilities at the St. Luke's Children's Hospital in Boise, Idaho. (various grade levels, special needs)


Move It, Shakespeare!

Dr. Virginia Palmer-Fueschel of the New School of Northern Virginia shares a lesson developed for her elementary drama class an introduction to Shakespeare's histories. (4th-6th grade)


Using Shakespeare to Teach Reading

Lorraine Gaughenbaugh and Anna Meyer, teachers from the Royal Shakespeare Company/ Ohio State University program Stand Up for Shakespeare America will share their lessons that increase reading comprehension and support Common Core Standards. For more information about SUFSA visit http:// shakespeare.osu.edu 

(3rd-4th grade)


Tuesday, June 25


Author Daeshin Kim, " A Horse with Wings"

Daeshin Kim, writer, musician and teacher demonstrates activities alligned with his hardcover picture book and CD, A Horse with Wings: Songs for Children Sung by Characters from Shakespeare. Book signing following the session. For more info about this book go to: www.kinderbard.com

(K-3rd grade)


Getting Crafty with Shakespeare

Holly Rodgers, Fairfax County Virginia ESL and music educator will demonstrate how the application of visual-arts based activities in the classroom is an engaging way to enhance students' responses to text non-verbally.

(3rd-6th grade, ESL, special needs)


Teaching the Bard in the ESL Classroom and Abroad

Jennifer Ventimiglia, ESL teacher and Fulbright Teacher Exchange participant will highlight strategies that have made the Bard accessible to her ESL students in Washington, DC and in the Czech Republic.

(1st-7th grade, ESL)


Two Weeks to Success with Shakespeare

Dr. Barbara Cobb, Associate Professor of English at Murray State University in Kentucky will share a scaffolded formative assessment and activity and a performance activity from her unit on The Winter's Tale. (3rd-6th grade)


Wednesday, June 26


Curriculum Connections and Performance

Waduda Henderson, DCPS Montessori teacher and Lucretia Anderson, Folger Elementary Program Coordinator will share strategies for connecting the actor's journey in Shakespeare to other content areas and the Common Core Standards.  (1st-6th grade)


Roundtable Discussion: The State and the Stakes of Elementary Shakespeare

Scholars Angela Ramnanan and Dr. Barbara Cobb will share their research findings on the role Shakespeare plays in the national landscape of elementary education and the results of a long term study.



Online Registration Available Now

Registration fee includes 3-day conference, materials, lunch, and closing reception.
Registration is $150


DCPS teachers may register for $125. DCPS teachers wishing to register should call 202.675.0395.



*schedule subject to change

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