Welcome to the First Annual Shakespeare Teacher Festival!
Whether the Bard is making an appearance in your classroom for the 27th time or the first, we want to celebrate and inspire you this year!
The Brave New Teaching duo are here to help you design, instruct, and enjoy your next Shakespeare play and understand his place in our ever-changing curriculums.
An Overview of the Festival
Here is an overview of what you will see as an attendee of the first annual Shakespeare Teacher Festival:
- Part One: Introducing Shakespeare
- Part Two: Close Reading Shakespeare
- Part Three: Scaffolding Independent Work
- Part Four: Pulling Shakespeare Off the Page
- Part Five: Assessing Shakespeare
Although the live festival has already passed, that doesn't mean you're too late! You can watch and pause us at any time with an Extended Pass!
All-Access Passes grant lifetime access to the content, plus all of the resources and materials mentioned during the videos.
"I wish I would have had access to this incredibly informative & engaging festival when I first started teaching English 25 years ago! Ideas were forming as I watched the videos, the resources are a goldmine that can be used as-is or customized to use with other plays, and the site navigation couldn't be more welcoming. If only you two could bottle the motivation and time-management skills you two seem to have in spades! Thank you for adding the life back into teaching Shakespeare, and for resurrecting him into 21st century relevance! "
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Here's a sneak peek at what the Shakespeare Teacher Festival is all about...
And you better believe...there's merch
This year's festival features EXCLUSIVE apparel designed by the wonderfully talented Jessica Rigsbee! After registering, come on into the merch shop and look around!
Why Shakespeare and why now?
The landscape of education is always evolving as we become better at our craft and better at recognizing the inequities present in our curriculums and the educational system.
At a time when it seems like Shakespeare just might be another old, dead white guy that we cling to in the cannon, we believe that the study of Shakespeare is still entirely worthwhile.
- Shakespeare wrote about the human condition. His protagonists, antagonists, and conflicts span culture, time, and class.
- Shakespeare's plays, when framed with a relevant and genuine Essential Question, act as mirrors for our students in their own lives and in our own societies
- A unit on a Shakespeare play doesn't have to consume an excessive amount of curriculum time: we can watch and study a play in just a few weeks
- Shakespeare's plays can be paired with YA novels, graphic novels, different stage and film interpretations
"I have been teaching R&J for 20+ years using techniques I learned from the Folger Shakespeare Library. Unfortunately, I can’t do most of my regular lessons this year because of social distancing and because many of my students are Zooming. What a mess!
Your festival saved me! Seriously, I was up until 2 a.m. on a Saturday night planning my Romeo & Juliet unit! I found so many new ideas in the festival that I am excited to try, and I know that I will be using many of them post-Covid."