Folger Teaching Live: Upcoming Professional Development

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Live-streamed professional development is included in Teacher Membership to the Folger. Join us for eye-opening, heart-lifting, mind-stretching learning with wonderful colleagues.

When you participate, you can receive a personalized certificate for your professional file. Schools regularly count these sessions as professional development hours.

The Juicy Lesson! series takes quick dives, led by the Folger staff and mentor teachers who wrote them, into beloved lessons from Folger Teaching. Our Shakespeare and Race and Shakespeare and Gender sessions bring you live conversations with scholars at the leading edge of their fields. Interact with all kinds of experts in real time.




Teaching Shakespeare 2021: Shakespeare and the Making of America

A full-time, full on, three-week immersion into the holds that Shakespeare and early America have had on each other. You’ll work with 24 other curious, eager, and committed middle and high school teachers and a faculty of scholars, performance experts, and mentor teachers. With full attention to the roles that indigenous, Black, brown, and Latinx people played during this slice of history, we’ll dive deeply into two plays—The Merchant of Venice (c.1596) and The Tempest (1611)—as well as evidence and documents from Early Modern and early American history and Historic Jamestowne. Shakespeare’s “majestic vision” was clearly shaped by the colonization of America, and his work in turn shaped America through the wonders and plunders he envisioned in his plays. We’re eager to get at this.

You will be in lecture and seminar, in performance sessions, and curriculum classes—in plenary sessions, breakouts, small groups, and large-scale interactive sessions too. You will be collaborating with your colleagues and with faculty as well as pursuing individual work. You will be busy.

Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, each participant will receive an NEH stipend of $2850.

When: June 27–July 17, 2021

Where: Virtual

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