Teaching Shakespeare Institute: Professional Learning Days

To schedule a one- or two-day workshop for your department, school, or district, contact Corinne Viglietta (cviglietta@folger.edu).

Led by Folger staff or master teachers in the Folger National Teacher Corps, Professional Learning Days are intensely engaging and rewarding programs for middle and high school teachers. Scheduled as one-day workshops or two-day intensives, Professional Learning Days draw on the Folger’s unique resources and experience to 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 college and career ready standards, teachers learn how to get students on their feet and into complex texts in minutes. 

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Photo Credit: 
James R. Brantley, 2014


Teachers who have participated in Folger professional learning will: 

  • feel more capable and confident in their teaching
  • feel more familiar with Shakespeare and his works
  • know how to use the Folger’s active, language-based techniques to teach Shakespeare and other complex texts
  • gain a whole kit of instructional materials and support

What participants are saying

“The various activities that we performed with the rigorous questioning between helped me process what we had done and see exactly how to apply it in my classroom.”

“I really loved this workshop; it's the best I've ever been to. Looking forward to more classroom approaches.”

“Provided engaging ways to satisfy Common Core Standards while still allowing me to create my own lesson.”

“I loved the close reading of the text using a variety of methods to increase understanding.”

“The best PD I’ve attended. When is Part 2?”

“The physical interaction and activities allowed us to have a one-on-one connection with Shakespeare.”

Upcoming teacher workshops

While Professional Learning Days are always available by request, we already have some lined up. Check the list below to see where Folger Education is headed next!

October 10, 2015: Kapi’olani Community College, Honolulu, HI (with ESU-Hawaii)
November 7, 2015: Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, Philadelphia, PA
November 13, 2015: Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY (with ESU-Syracuse)
November 20, 2015: NCTE Annual Convention, Minneapolis, MN
March 5, 2016: Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
March 5, 2016: Sigma Tau Delta International Convention, Minneapolis, MN
June 15, 2016: Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, MO (with ESU-Kansas City)

Recent teacher workshops

The Chapin School, New York, NY
Cattaraugus-Allegany Teacher Center, Olean, NY
Foundation for Educational Administration Arts Infusion Summer Institute, Princeton, NJ
Arts Every Day, Baltimore, MD
Williamsville Central School District, East Amherst, NY

More information

For more information, contact Corinne Viglietta (cviglietta@folger.edu).


To schedule a one- or two-day workshop for your department, school, or district, contact Corinne Viglietta (cviglietta@folger.edu).