Professional Development

Teachers are an essential part of the Folger. Work with us face-to-face and online! 

Virtual Professional Development

Become a Teacher Member of the Folger and be the first to receive invitations to special programs. Visit Folger Teaching for more details about upcoming sessions.

Folger Teaching

Check out Folger Teachingour online home for Teacher Members of the Folger Shakespeare Library. Become a Teacher Member to enjoy exclusive access to live-streamed workshops and a video library of on-demand professional development. Explore lesson plans that get students grappling on their own with a wide range of complex texts. Dive deep into the content that inspired you to teach it as you explore specially curated performances, exhibitions and research from the wide world of the Folger.

Don't miss our on-demand and live workshops on Folger Teaching Live! And check out these popular resources that might help you these days (and beyond). 

To access this goodness, you'll need to be a Teacher Member. If you're not yet a Teacher Member, find out how to join below!

Become a Teacher Member

For a $40 donation, become a Teacher Member of the Folger Shakespeare Library and receive unprecedented support for the deeply important work you do. Have the very best of the Folger at your fingertips, all the time, at Folger Teaching. As a Teacher Member, you’ll have exclusive access to live-streaming and on-demand webinars, along with a growing library of lesson plans and other classroom resources. Be a part of this institution and of our robust teacher community that stretches across the country and around the world. Let us work together to make teaching and learning exciting, rigorous, and inspiring for all.

DC Public Schools

We love our city and its teachers. We have partnered with DCPS to lead the teaching and learning of Shakespeare in our city’s public schools. From developing a new high school Shakespeare curriculum and providing professional development for English teachers to hosting student matinees and public demonstrations of student learning, we are committed to supporting the work of DCPS teachers and students. This initiative is multi-faceted and growing, so please check back, or email Peggy O'Brien (, for more information.

Teaching Shakespeare Institute

Most often with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Folger offers many summer programs for middle and high school teachers—intense, collaborative and joyful deep dives into Shakespeare, his world, our world and more—from the perspectives of scholarship, performance, and classroom practice.