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Teaching Colleagues:

We haven’t been in your inbox for weeks and months . . . and now . . . we’re back! Even though you haven’t heard from us, we of course have been thinking about you. And even though you haven’t heard from us, I hope you have been able to feel the vibe that we always send your way—a very positive, clear, warm, solid vibe, full of respect for you and appreciation for your work. Coming to you from Washington, DC. Just sayin’. And we are going to make up for lost time by sending you a bunch of what we think are cool things . . . not in a flurry but more frequently than monthly.

This note, though, is all about professional development for YOU. See two opportunities below . . . and expect to hear from us next week!




@Folger Shakespeare Library
July 9-14, 2017 
Applications close March 20, 2017 

A deep dive into teaching Macbeth!

Be one of 30 participants from all over the country to spend a week at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., learning to teach Macbeth the Folger way: through attention to scholarship, performance, curriculum, and assessment. Make use of the Folger’s collection of rare materials—including the world’s largest Shakespeare collection and major collections in early English books, manuscripts, and art—and work with scholars, theater professionals, and experienced teachers.


When: July 9-14, 2017

Where: Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, Dc

Tuition: $1900

Graduate Credit: Trinity Washington University offers Summer Academy participants a total of 3 graduate credits for a fee of $375.

Housing: Find your own, or take advantage of reduced rates at a boutique hotel on Capitol Hill (the Folger’s neighborhood)


Directors: Dr. Peggy O’Brien, Director of Education; and Corinne Viglietta, Assistant Director of Education, Folger Shakespeare Library

Mentor Teachers: Michael LoMonico, Folger Shakespeare Library; and Deborah Gascon, Dutch Fork High School, Irma SC

Scholars: Dr. Maynard “Sandy” Mack, Jr., Professor emeritus of English, University of Maryland; Dr. Michele Osherow, Associate Professor of English, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Resident Dramaturg, Folger Shakespeare Library; Dr. Ayanna Thompson, Professor of English, George Washington University

Performance Faculty: Caleen Sinnette Jennings, playwright, director, and Professor of Theatre at The American University; and Michael Tolaydo, actor, director, and Professor emeritus of Theater, Film, and Media Studies at St. Mary’s College of Maryland


• Study Macbeth—and how to teach it—as a scholar and an active classroom teacher.

• Engage in rigorous work all day, starting with scholarly lectures in the morning and ending with curriculum workshops in the evening.

• Create 3-day teaching modules on Macbeth that incorporate primary source documents, performance-based approaches, and a focus on language.

• Forge new relationships with Shakespeare, the Folger, and a professional learning community that stretches across the country and promotes exchange among teachers at all kinds of schools.


Complete this online application by March 20, 2017. Decisions will be emailed by April 5, 2017. We will keep a waiting list.

MORE INFORMATION? Please contact Corinne Viglietta (


We have a few places left in our teacher workshop this Saturday! If you can re-arrange your weekend, come join us!


 When: Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm

Where: Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC

Tuition: $50


Dr. Peggy O’Brien, Director of Education and director, Teaching Shakespeare Institute

Corinne Viglietta, Assistant Director of Education, Folger Shakespeare Library

Michael Tolaydo, actor, director, Professor emeritus of Theater, Film, and Media Studies at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and Teaching Shakespeare Institute faculty


Work with text from Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet, Othello, Twelfth Night, and other plays. Learn how to use the Folger’s massive Shakespeare collection—the largest in the world—and digital resources in the middle and high school classroom. Experience firsthand the successful Folger techniques that get all students reading actively and deeply, asking good questions, enjoying words and ideas, and taking risks that lead to deep learning.

If you have questions, call Corinne at 202.675.0373.