Folger Education welcomes you to Folger Teaching.
What Is Folger Teaching?
Folger Teaching is the online hub where teachers from across the country and around the world connect directly with the best of the Folger Shakespeare Library—a global center for the arts and humanities, leader in the teaching of Shakespeare and all literature, and home to the world’s largest Shakespeare collection.
If you are a Teacher Member of the Folger, this is your online home, the place where you’ll find the latest resources to get your students grappling with literature and deepen your own relationship with the content that inspired you to want to teach it.
Why Folger Teaching Now?
Aren’t you looking for lessons that really work with every student and every text? Do you want to take your own teaching practice to the next level?
The Folger gives teachers tools for getting all students reading more actively and deeply than ever before. Let us support the all-important work you do and connect you with like-minded teachers and leading experts. We believe that every single student deserves to grapple with the real thing–whether it’s a primary source from the 16th century, the original language of a complex text, or a critical conversation about race in literature and our world today.
Folger Teaching is all about the sparks that fly when great learning happens. We are honored to be your partners and champions in this work.
Who And What Is Folger Education?
Folger Education is the team behind Folger Teaching and your ardent fans. We are the part of the Folger that works most directly with teachers, students, and families on this irresistible thing called learning–what a dream!
For four decades–beginning in a DC public school English class and taking shape with brilliant teachers in the Folger community–we have helped all kinds of students and teachers unleash the power of language and the power of their own minds with the Folger Method, a framework of teaching strategies that teachers consistently call “transformative.”
I’m Director of Education at the Folger, and that means that I think about teachers, students and all kinds of visitors to the Folger—all the time! A focus on K-12 education and the absolute importance of schoolteachers got underway here nearly 40 years ago, and I was a DC public high school English teacher lucky enough to be able to set the Library’s educational philosophy and bring a good number of programs to life. The Folger Method initially sprang to life in my classroom at Eastern High School. I took a tiny break from the Folger—almost 20 years—and during that time learned education deep and different leading work elsewhere—at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and DC Public Schools for example. Now I’m back home here at an exciting and transformative time in the life of the Folger. Our massive construction/reinvention project will allow us to abundantly welcome all of you—and your relatives, students, friends—to lively and compelling programming and experiences in new gallery spaces and with more access to the Folger collection and other delights. We’re excited! And as you can see, we are upping our game for teachers. Because no one deserves that more than you do.
I have the joy of being the Associate Director of Education at Folger Shakespeare Library. I get to work alongside brilliant teachers and colleagues on amplifying the voice of every learner and using the humanities as a force for good. When I was a classroom teacher, I saw firsthand how the Folger Method transforms teaching and learning. After years of using it with all kinds of students in all kinds of settings, I wanted to share it with everyone. Today I lead a range of programs including teacher membership and Folger Teaching, Summer Academies for schoolteachers, the Lily McKee High School Fellows, and Shakespeare curriculum and professional development for DC Public Schools. I have an M.A. in English from the University of Maryland and a B.A. in English and French from the University of Notre Dame. At Notre Dame, I served on the faculty of the graduate program in teaching English Language Learners. I am a fierce advocate (and a proud alum) of student-run writing centers, a wild fan of Corita Kent and Henri Matisse, and the daughter of a high school principal and ESL teacher. I live in Baltimore with my husband and daughter.
As the Education Project Manager I have the great privilege of managing a variety of the Education Departments numerous teacher projects, including the creation and launching of this very website. In addition to overseeing the back-end of Folger Teaching, I manage our database, build our department’s budget, and organize logistics across the department. I’m also managing the content creation and publication of a new series of Teacher Guides for teaching Shakespeare (due from Simon & Schuster in spring 2022). Before joining the Folger I worked in Democratic politics. I have a B.A. in History and am a certified Project Manager with PMI.
Hello teacher friends! I am the Manager of Teacher and Student Programs at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Before joining Folger Education in November of 2019, I’d just finished up my 11th year of teaching elementary and middle school in Washington, DC. I’ve taught from 4th grade to 8th grade, and everything in between. While I am a VERY proud women’s college alum having earned my B.A. English Literature from Agnes Scott College with an M.A. in Teaching from American University, I am an even prouder mother of two daughters (and my cat baby). And I strongly believe in amplifying the voice of every student regardless of race or gender. I am honored to support teachers as you all do the important work of educating students during these challenging times.
I first became part of the Folger family as a TSI (Teaching Shakespeare Institute) Intern for Folger Education in the summer of 2016 while obtaining a bachelor’s degree in English and Women’s Studies at Trinity Washington University. It was my first real deep dive into Shakespeare and his words, learning that Shakespeare is for everyone. After another internship opportunity with FolgerED and researching in the reading room (studying the importance of black actors playing the role of Othello), I became a full-time staff member in the Folger’s Collection department as a Circulation Page but currently working with the Education team again as an Administrative Assistant and Collections Consultant using my experience and expertise to assist in all projects and events. I believe in the work that is being done to create a place for young people, teachers, scholars, and visitors of all different backgrounds here at the Folger.
My name is Dominique Manuel and I am the current Folger Humanities Fellow. I recently graduated from Amherst College, receiving a BA in history with a concentration in social justice, rights, and inequality. My interests include exploring socially responsible pedagogical practices in museums and institutions, especially institutions concerning history, cultural heritage, and art. While at the Folger, I will be involved in a cross-institutional initiative geared towards bringing new and diverse audiences to the Folger once it reopens.
Folger Shakespeare Library
Folger Shakespeare Library is the world’s largest Shakespeare collection, the ultimate resource for exploring Shakespeare and his world, and a gateway to the humanities. Opened in 1932 by Henry Clay Folger and his wife Emily Jordan Folger as a gift to the American people, the Folger welcomes millions of visitors online and in person. We provide unparalleled access to a huge array of resources, from original sources to modern interpretations.
- We create experiences for you and with you– professional theater, exhibitions, family programs, lectures, concerts, podcasts, and events engage millions of people—online for now and, when our construction project is completed, at the Folger in Washington, DC.
- We transform education. The Folger Shakespeare Library is revolutionizing the way Shakespeare and other literature is taught in classrooms across the country. The Folger Method enables ALL students to dive into the language, to understand, and to talk back to Shakespeare.
- We drive discovery. We are an international center for Shakespeare scholarship, the study of the early modern period, and the place of Shakespeare in an ever-changing world. Each year we welcome hundreds of scholars who use our collection to advance knowledge across dozens of fields. Through fellowships, seminars, publications, lectures, and partnerships, we advance the study of Shakespeare and the humanities around the world.
Come explore . . . this place is yours.