Folger Professional Development
The Folger Shakespeare Library offers a range of programs for teachers—online, at the Folger, and in a classroom near you.
Don’t miss out on our new professional development series: WEBINAR WEDNESDAYS!
Register today for one, two, or even all three webinars! Once you register, you’re on the list, and we’ll send you an official calendar invite that includes the special link attached to your Teacher Member ID to join the webinar(s), now powered by Zoom software.
- Teach Their Eyes Were Watching God with Rigor and Joy. Wednesday, January 29, 2020 Online 7:00PM EST Join Folger’s own Corinne Viglietta and Melissa Springsteen Haupt, a Teaching Shakespeare Institute alum and a middle school teacher, community college adjunct, and doctoral student in Iowa, and learn how to use the Folger Method to teach Hurston’s rich, lyrical novel. Get students to think deeply about one of the most important works of twentieth-century American literature. Gain practical tools to amplify the voice of every single student using any complex text.
- Practical Strategies to Build Empathy in Literature and in the English Classroom. Wednesday, February 26,2020
Online 7:00PM EST Wondering how to break down barriers and help students to have more honest conversations about not only literature, but also the hard issues of today? Join the Mark Miazga and Amber Phelps, longtime English teachers at Baltimore City College High School and alumni of the Folger’s Teaching Shakespeare Institute, as they walk us through how they helped students process a tragic event in their community. Learn how to use Shakespeare and literature to help students consider race and power, put themselves in others’ shoes, and work together as a learning community to use language with courage and empathy.
Reading, Writing, and Speaking with Shakespeare: A Folger Collaboration with the Smithsonian American Art MuseumApril 4, 2020Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
- Why 20-Minute Plays Are the Secret Gem of Any Shakespeare Unit. Wednesday, March 25,2020 Online 7:00PM EST Master the Folger Essential Practice of the 20-minute play, which helps launch students confidently into Shakespeare. Learn the “what” and the “why” of 20-minute plays (and shorter takes on this strategy, like 5-minute acts). See how this essential practice, when used in pre-reading, gives students a safe, fun, low-stakes way to own words and lines from the play they are about to read. Go inside the minds and classrooms of Folger program alums Alexa Bernard, a high school teacher in Louisiana; Rama Janamanchi, a high school teacher in Ohio; and Cynthia Phoa, a high school teacher in Florida, as they teach you how to get students understanding Shakespeare and creating their own edited texts!
What does Shakespeare have to say to us today? And what do today’s artists and readers—especially our students—have to say back
to Shakespeare? What might students gain by putting the Bard’s works in conversation with American art? In this lively workshop, we will practice strategies for connecting art and literature in the classroom and helping students understand and interrogate a range of works. How can we dig deeply together to find the relevant heart of complex texts and unlock students’ speaking and writing skills? Folger Shakespeare Library’s Corinne Viglietta and SAAM's Elizabeth Deines will co-facilitate.
Professional Learning Days
At your school!
Led by master teachers in the Folger National Teacher Corps, these one-day workshops 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 national standards, teachers learn how to get students on their feet and into complex texts in minutes. Professional Learning Days draw on the Folger’s unique blend of scholarship, performance, and education, and can be customized to incorporate texts from your school’s curriculum.