Upcoming Professional Development

Folger Professional Development


The Folger Shakespeare Library offers a range of programs for teachers. We are currently supporting teachers and students everywhere during the coronavirus pandemic with a few FREE things:

  • Folger Teacher Community Conversations, every Wednesday at 7PM EDT on Zoom (Sign up)
  • Collections of distance teaching resources updated every Thursday by 5PM on our Teaching During COVID-19 webpage.

We are here for you during this uncertain time. Please email folgereducation@folger.edu or Tweet us @FolgerED with suggestions or questions.

  • NOW under PAST PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Teaching Literature During COVID-19: A Folger Community Conversation. Wednesday, March 25,2020 Online 7:00PM EST How can we band together to get through this unprecedented, uncertain, uneasy time? We have some ideas to get started, and we want to hear from you. You tell us what you need, and we post what we have—for free, for you, for everyone. Please join our live-streamed conversation, which will (1) connect you with a growing list of Folger resources for teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic and (2) give us all a chance to share our teaching challenges, questions, ideas, stories, and support. https://zoom.us/j/892117792

  • NOW under PAST PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: 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. 

  • NOW under PAST PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: 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. 

Reading, Writing, and Speaking with Shakespeare: A Folger Collaboration with the Smithsonian American Art Museum
April 4, 2020
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

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
Ongoing
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.