Booking and detailsDates & Tickets
Dates Tues, June 27 - Wed, June 28, 2023
Venue Folger Virtual
Tickets $350 for non-members / $300 for Teacher Members / $325 Group Rate
Duration 10:00am-2:30pm ET daily
Join us for this invigorating 2-day course where you will learn how to teach any play or novel deeply and powerfully in as few as two weeks (or less)!
What you will learn:
Join Folger Mentor Teachers Heather Lester and Deborah Gascon as they engage you in all parts of the work and walk you through how to:
- Teach any play or novel fast and with rigor
- Use the Folger Method to set up students to make meaning on their own
- Create a classroom buzzing with the energy of student-driven learning
- Identify the juiciest parts of a play or novel to get students inside the language
- Use paired texts to give students the SWEEP of literature from across time, place, culture, gender, race and religion
- Invite All students to bring their identities and customs, their whole selves, to fresh performances of juicy scenes and passages
- Do ALL of this in less time without losing the plot of the play or novel and with minimal input from you (the teacher)
Walk away with fresh ideas, strategies, steps, and materials for getting students to live inside the language of the text and read with rigor and joy in less time!
Graduate Credit: 1
One (1) graduate credit available through Trinity Washington University for $125.
$325 per teacher for groups of three or more teachers from the same school or school district who enroll in the same course. To register a group, please follow the steps below. If a Teacher Member is part of a group, the Teacher Member rate will apply to that teacher’s registration. Become a Teacher Member.
To register a group you need to:
- Call the Folger ticketing office at 202-544-7077 with all of the information below
- Full name of EACH teacher, EACH teacher’s email address, school name and/or school district, EACH teacher’s email address, EACH teacher’s phone number
- Let the ticketing office know which (if any) members of the group are current Teacher Members (and the email they are registered under) so they can confirm Teacher Member rate
- Register and pay for ALL teachers in the group in one transaction
We are excited to be able to offer a limited number of scholarships. To apply, all you need to do is write an email with the subject line SCHOLARSHIP SUMMER 2023 and tell us in one paragraph the name of the course for which you are applying, why you want to take the course, and why you are requesting a scholarship. Send the email to Katie Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for scholarship requests: June 19, 2023. Notification of scholarship awards: June 21, 2023.
Dr. Deborah Gascon
Dr. Deborah Gascon
Dr. Deborah Gascon is a National Board Certified teacher who teaches English and Journalism in Columbia, SC. She also taught English in Romania on a Fulbright Teacher Exchange. Deborah is a 2012 Teaching Shakespeare Institute alum and a Folger Summer Academy mentor teacher. Her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction is from The University of South Carolina; her dissertation is about the teaching of Shakespeare to increase student comprehension, empathy, and awareness of gender and race issues. When she isn’t teaching, she loves to attend her weekly tap dance class, play tennis, travel to new places, and dig in the dirt. Deborah is also a contributor to the upcoming The Folger Guides to Teaching Shakespeare (expected 2024).
Heather Lester for the last ten years has taught English at International High School at LaGuardia Community College in Queens, New York – her favorite job ever. Her students are all recent immigrants and multilingual learners from around the world who especially love Shakespeare. Before becoming a full-time NYC classroom teacher, Heather spent twenty years as a theater teaching artist, an arts program manager, and a writer for the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Creative Arts Team, and the Center for Arts Education and collaborated with teachers and students in classrooms from kindergarten to college. In 1994, she co-founded the New York City Student Shakespeare Festival. She has been involved with the Folger Shakespeare Library since 1988 and most recently was a mentor teacher as part of the 2018 and 2021 Teaching Shakespeare Institutes.