The Folger Shakespeare Library’s 2020 Teaching Shakespeare Institute
Applications to Shakespeare and the Making of America are due by March 1, 2020.
Who Can Apply
- are intellectually curious and passionate about Shakespeare, literature, and history
- are committed and passionate about their work in general
- are open-minded souls who are eager to learn: looking to improve their humanities knowledge and ultimately their teaching practice
- are good collaborators who will dive into all aspects of the program
- have not participated in a previous NEH seminar or institute
- perhaps have not participated in a number of other “deep dive” learning experiences
- a mix of rural, suburban, and urban schools across the country
- a mix of public, independent, religious, charter, and home schools
- diversity in years of teaching experience
- diversity in the kinds of students you teach
- racial, ethnic, religious, and gender diversity
Two Commonly Asked Questions About Applying
Do I Need To Be A Shakespeare Expert In Order To Apply? Heavens, no! You need to be hungry and open-minded and eager. You also need to know why you want to be a part of this Institute and be able to tell us.
How Rigorous Is It, Really? The work is fast-paced, exhilarating, and challenging—and there are moments when it can be overwhelming too. Our theory is this: you and your work (and your students) are so important to us that in practically every moment, we want to offer you experience, opportunities, new horizons that you can’t get anywhere else, at any other time. During this summer especially, we will be breaking new ground together—a wildly exciting prospect.
You may be looking for a program in which there is lots of time to reflect, to see the sights in a leisurely fashion, to get a well-deserved break from your busy teaching year...these are all absolutely worthy and important goals. If they are your goals, though, I’d say that this is not Institute for you.
How Do I Apply, and What Happens After That?
- Read through the application questions before you start so you’ll know what’s coming. In brief, we ask you for the following:
- Your contact information and some basics about your work (Where? Who? For how long?)
- A 2-page resume (to be uploaded)
- Two letters of recommendation (to be submitted directly via email)
- Answers to seven questions about your interest and classroom experience
- Submit your Google Form application with attached resumé no later than March 1, 2020. Let your referees know that they need to submit their letters by March 1, 2020, too—to TeachingShakespeareInstitute@folger.edu.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT ANYTHING? Please reach out to Peggy O’Brien at email@example.com.