TSI features a committed faculty composed of scholars, teachers, and actors; a diverse and talented participant group; a research component that utilizes the rich holdings of the Folger Shakespeare Library; the modeling of excellent teaching and learning; and a curriculum component that has been instrumental in changing the way Shakespeare is taught in classrooms around the country.
Every other year, the Teaching Shakespeare Institute will further this tradition with an emphasis on the past and future: exploring primary sources that create a link to Shakespeare’s period and culture, and creating curricular innovations utilizing technology and the Internet. These include the development of lesson plans to be published on the Teach and Learn section of the Folger website. (The Folger's Shakespeare Set Free series of books includes lesson plans from earlier Institutes.)
Every two summers, we host 25 teachers from all over the country for a four week intensive institute on teaching Shakespeare. Each Teaching Shakespeare Institute focuses on four of Shakespeare's plays, with a blend of the familiar and the almost apocryphal. Participants approach these plays as a scholar, actor, and educator and produce performance-based teaching Lesson Plans.
Applications for TSI 2012 are now closed.