Professional Development

Teachers are an essential part of the Folger. Work with us face-to-face and online! 

Teacher Membership and Unlimited Access to Forsooth!

Become a Teacher Member of the Folger Shakespeare Library and receive unprecedented support for the deeply important work you do. Have the very best of the Folger at your fingertips, all the time, on Forsooth! The Folger Teacher Community. As a Teacher Member, you’ll have exclusive access to live-streaming and on-demand webinars, along with a growing library of lesson plans and other classroom resources. Be a part of this institution and of our robust teacher community that stretches across the country and around the world. Let us work together to make teaching and learning exciting, rigorous, and inspiring for all.

Teaching Shakespeare Institute

Since 1984, the National Endowment for the Humanities has supported the Teaching Shakespeare Institute (TSI), an intense, month-long study of Shakespeare. The institute looks at Shakespeare's work from three essential perspectives: scholarship, performance, and curriculum. Learn about TSI 2020: Shakespeare and the Making of America.

Summer Academy 2020  

The Summer Academy is a week of powerful professional development led by mentor teachers, scholars, and performance faculty. Teachers from all over the US take a deep dive into one Shakespeare play to extend their content knowledge and gain strategies for teaching any text to middle and high school students. *UPDATE: CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19* 

DC Public Schools

We love our city and its teachers. We have partnered with DCPS to lead the teaching and learning of Shakespeare in our city’s public schools. From developing a new high school Shakespeare curriculum and providing professional development for English teachers to hosting student matinees and public demonstrations of student learning, we are committed to supporting the work of DCPS teachers and students. This initiative is multi-faceted and growing, so please check back, or email Corinne Viglietta (, for more information.