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Announcing Webinar Wednesdays!

Happy New Year!

We at the Folger are excited to offer new opportunities for us to connect and new ways for Folger professional development to help you continue to do the most important work on the planet—teaching!

Announcing a new professional development series, just for Teacher Members: WEBINAR WEDNESDAYS!

If you missed us at NCTE 2019, don’t worry. We have you covered with not one, not two, but THREE live-streamed one-hour webinars (7:00-8:00 PM ET) planned for the last Wednesdays of the month in January, February, and March 2020!

  • Wednesday, January 29: Teach Their Eyes Were Watching God with Rigor and Joy
    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.
  • Wednesday, February 26: Practical Strategies to Build Empathy in Literature and in the English Classroom
    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.
  • Wednesday, March 25: Why 20-Minute Plays Are the Secret Gem of Any Shakespeare Unit
    Master the Folger Essential Practice of the 20-minute play, which helps launch students confidently into Shakespeare. Learn the “what” and the “why” of 20-minute plays (and shorter takes on this strategy, like 5-minute acts). See how this essential practice, when used in pre-reading, gives students a safe, fun, low-stakes way to own words and lines from the play they are about to read. Go inside the minds and classrooms of Folger program alums Alexa Bernard, a high school teacher in Louisiana; Rama Janamanchi, a middle school teacher in Ohio; and Cynthia Phoa, a high school teacher in Florida, as they teach you how to get students understanding Shakespeare and creating their own edited texts!


  1. Make sure you’re a current Teacher Member of the Folger.
  2. Watch your email in the coming days for the registration links.

Webinar Wednesdays will continue throughout the school year, so stay tuned for more details about what’s on—exclusively for Teacher Members—in April, May, and June.

Not yet a Teacher Member? It’s not too late to join and take advantage of being a part of our teaching community. Once you become a Teacher Member, you’ll receive special emails with links to register for these events and access to so much more! Membership is $40.00/calendar year.

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