Folger Education has teachers' interests in mind, and seeks to offer opportunities for professional development and performance-based teaching methods for everyone. We have presented at several national and international conferences, especially at the National Council for Teachers of English annual Convention each November.
The Teaching Shakespeare Institute invites educators from across the country to apply to participate in educational development at the Folger. TSI participants enjoy a four-week stay at the Folger approaching Shakespeare from the perspective of a scholar, actor, and educator.
Each summer, Folger Education partners with the English Speaking Union of the United States to offer two day Mini-Institutes across the country at ESU branches. Each Institute builds Shakespearean study on three pillars: Scholarship, Performance, and Pedagogy. Together, these approaches leave teachers feeling confident and ready to bring Shakespeare to life in their classroom!
Shakespeare Set Free Workshops, available by request, offer an interdisciplinary, text-based, and performance-based approach to teaching Shakespeare to students of all abilities in grades 3 to 12. Based on the innovative Shakespeare Set Free book series, the workshops also draw from the student festivals held for the past 25 years at Folger Shakespeare Library, repository of the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's works.
Recordings of several of our Archived Webinars are available to view: Our Elementary Education Webinar opened new doors to teachers seeking resources for younger students. The Shakespeare in Other Words Webinar discussed what gets "lost in translation" with modern-language versions of Shakespeare's plays, and the What's Done is Done Online Webinar displayed how digital literacy and Shakespeare's language can go hand in hand.