In July and early August 2020, Humanities Texas partnered with the Folger Shakespeare Library to hold a five-session online professional development institute for Texas teachers on teaching the works of William Shakespeare at the secondary level.
The institute curriculum aligned with the TEKS for the state's high school ELA curriculum.
The program faculty included leading scholars of Shakespeare and early modern race studies, including Bernadette Andrea (University of California, Santa Barbara), David Sterling Brown (State University of New York at Binghamton), Ruben Espinosa (The University of Texas at El Paso), and Kathryn Vomero Santos (Trinity University).
Folger Shakespeare Library educational specialists Shanta Bryant, Rachel Dankert, Peggy O’Brien, Maryam Trowell, and Corinne Viglietta introduced participants to the Folger Method—a set of student-focused principles and essential classroom routines that engage every student with Shakespeare’s language, motivate students to read closely, and bring students’ own voices and culture into dialogue with Shakespeare and the humanity evidenced in his work.
Folger mentor teachers also serving on the program faculty included Donna Denizé (St. Albans School, Washington, DC), Brigid Hogan (Roosevelt High School, Washington, DC), Stefanie Jochman (Trinity Episcopal School, Richmond, VA), and Amber Phelps (Baltimore City College High School, Baltimore, MD).
The schedule for the "Teaching and Learning Shakespeare Now" online institute can be viewed here.
The institute was made possible with major funding from the State of Texas, with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.