In addition to providing teachers with the invaluable experience of working and collaborating with a teaching artist in the classroom, The Shakespeare Society's education department provides professional development workshops for teachers. Drawing on the skills of well known educators, critics and actors, teachers learn innovative ways to teach Shakespeare, and share ideas and classroom experience with one another. School administrators are also invited to attend these sessions in order to encourage them to champion the expansion of arts education in their schools.
Sessions equip teachers with innovative and interactive methods for engaging middle school and high school students with Shakespeare’s best loved plays. During the 2016-17 school year, we explored Julius Caesar, Macbeth and A Midsummer Night's Dream using on-your-feet and text-to-self activities that bring the plays to life. Attendees collaborated with fellow participants, shared best lesson planning strategies, and reflected on practical applications for your classroom.