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The World’s Largest Balcony Scene: Are You In?

Won’t you join us at the lively conference also known as “English teacher heaven”? We hope so! If you’re planning a trip to St. Louis for the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention, add these Folger family events to your calendar. In the coming weeks we’ll be getting more specific about each of… Continue Reading »


Who’s Ready for NCTE 2017?

Dearest Teaching Colleagues: We’re thinking of you these days. What brings us special joy is knowing that we’ll get to see so many of you at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention (NCTE 2017) in November. Thousands of smart, brave, curious teachers gathered in one place—and all for the good of their… Continue Reading »


Sad news from the Folger

Teaching Colleagues, I write today with such a sad heart, brought low by the death of Betsy Walsh. As Head of Reader Services, she presided over the Folger Reading Rooms—the inner sanctum—for many years. While the word “preside” reflects something of her job description, the woman herself was so much more: a welcoming, warm, intellectual… Continue Reading »


Throwback Thursday: Shakespeare in a Mug, Your Class in a Nutshell

Originally published September 22, 2015 Editor’s Note: We’re reposting one of our most popular back-to-school teaching ideas. Try it out and let us know how it goes! We’re on Twitter @FolgerEd Debbie Gascon’s brilliant advice to start the school year with Shakespeare has made my hot, humid classroom one of the coolest places to be… Continue Reading »


CrossTalk Featured Lesson: The Power of Asides

Editor’s Note: Over the next few months, we’ll be highlighting individual lessons from our CrossTalk education project, Essential Everyday Bravery: Thinking and Talking about Identity and Difference in Your Classroom. To learn more, check out the CrossTalk webpage. Today’s lesson comes from Baltimore teacher Amber Phelps, who gets students thinking deeply about identity and vulnerability… Continue Reading »


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