Teaching Shakespeare Institute: Professional Learning Days

This program is currently suspended.

Interested in a one- or two-day workshop? Please email Corinne Viglietta at 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 by James R. Brantley
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.”

The Basics

Each Professional Learning Day:

  • can be for a department, school, or district
  • serves up to 30 teachers
  • takes place onsite at your school
  • costs $3,900

Interested? Please email Corinne Viglietta at cviglietta@folger.edu.

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
Chaminade High School, Los Angeles, CA  
Kapi’olani Community College, Honolulu, HI (with ESU-Hawaii)
Plainville High School, Plainville, CT
Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, Philadelphia, PA
Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY (with ESU-Syracuse)
NCTE Annual Convention, Minneapolis, MN
North Broward Preparatory, Coconut Creek, FL (with ESU-Ft. Lauderdale)
Two River Theater, Red Bank, NJ (with ESU-Monmouth)
Caldwell-West Caldwell Public Schools, West Caldwell, NJ
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Sigma Tau Delta International Convention, Minneapolis, MN
Foundation for Education Administration Conference Center, Monroe Township, NJ
Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Providence, RI (with ESU-Newport & Brown University)
Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, MO (with ESU-Kansas City)
New York Historical Society, New York, NY (with ESU-US)
Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland, OH
University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC (with ESU-Greensboro)
University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO (with ESU-Denver)
Gadsden Independent School District, Anthony, NM
Le Moyne College (with ESU-Syracuse)
Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA
Parthenon Museum (with ESU-Nashville)
NCTE Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA
CEL Convention, Atlanta, GA
District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington, DC
Grosse Pointe North High School, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
Williamsville Central School District, East Amherst, NY
Capistrano USD, San Juan Capistrano, CA
The Museums of Oglebay Institute and Ohio County Schools, Wheeling, WV
Marist High School, Atlanta, GA
NCTE Annual Convention, St. Louis, MO

More information

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

Interested in a one- or two-day workshop? Please email Corinne Viglietta at cviglietta@folger.edu.