Professional Development

We are now accepting applications for the Summer Academy 2017!

The Folger Shakespeare Library offers a range of programs for teachers, both at the Folger and in a classroom near you.

TSI: Summer Academy 2017

In July 2017, we will hold our second-ever Shakespeare Institute: Summer Academy, a week of powerful professional development led by master teachers, scholars, and performance faculty. Apply now to be one of thirty teachers to take a deep dive into Macbeth to extend your own content knowledge and gain strategies for teaching the play to middle and high school students.

TSI: One-Day Workshop on March 11, 2017

Are you looking for ways to engage all students in close, rigorous, joyful reading of Shakespeare’s language? Do you want to learn tested strategies for teaching all kinds of complex texts? Would you like to spend a day collaborating with Folger staff and wildly inquisitive colleagues from a variety of schools? Join us for a one-day teacher workshop at the Folger Shakespeare Library!

TSI: Professional Learning Days

Led by master teachers in the Folger National Teacher Corps, these one-day workshops provide lively, hands-on practice with techniques that work with all kinds of students in all kinds of classrooms. Through a range of activities rooted in Shakespeare’s language and aligned to national standards, teachers learn how to get students on their feet and into complex texts in minutes. Professional Learning Days draw on the Folger’s unique blend of scholarship, performance, and education, and can be customized to incorporate texts from your school’s curriculum. 

Teaching Shakespeare Institute

Since 1984, the National Endowment for the Humanities has supported the Teaching Shakespeare institute, an intense, month-long study of Shakespeare. The institute looks at Shakespeare's work from three essential perspectives: scholarship, performance, and curriculum.  This rigorous but joyful program gathers secondary school teachers from all over the country for multifaceted studies of plays, poems, criticism, rare materials, live theater, and educational technologies. Stay tuned for more information about future institutes!

DC Public Schools

We love our city and its teachers. We're working with DCPS on a robust professional learning initiative that includes workshops and curriculum materials for teachers. Check back soon for more information.