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How 25 Teachers Spent Their Summer at the Folger

For four weeks this summer, 25 teachers from 22 states and the District of Columbia participated in the Teaching Shakespeare Institute, a deep dive into scholarship, performance, and classroom practice supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (and running here at the Folger since 1984). Institute participants worked with scholars, theatre professionals, mentor teachers, one another, and the Folger collection—and the days were lively, long, rigorous, and rewarding. This year’s theme was America’s Shakespeare, and the plays were The Merchant of Venice, Othello, and The Tempest. Teachers grappled with complex texts, big ideas, tough questions, social issues, classroom challenges and opportunities, and lots, lots more. We’re still taking inspiration, provocation, and lots of joy from this experience and the amazing people who together created it. For a glimpse into the Teaching Shakespeare Institute 2016, check out the images below.

And check this webpage later this fall for more information about how YOU can spend some of your July at the Folger Shakespeare Library in our Summer Academy 2017! Questions? Email Corinne Viglietta at cviglietta@folger.edu.

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  • One if the highlights of my teaching career was a Teaching Shakespeare Institute from the Folger in the late 80’s or early 90’s. I took 27 eighth graders to Charleston, WV to present Midsummer Nights Dream.


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