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“I thought the faculty and staff were awesome. Very knowledgeable and ACCESSIBLE. While they did LEAD the group, they were very much a PART of the group as well. There was a strong camaraderie built amongst the staff and participants.”
“Teaching Shakespeare’s Plays has given me a number of teaching tools to take back to my classroom…The course will fundamentally change how I structure my classes/course.”
“This institute was a fantastic experience that allowed me to be exposed to expert level analysis of the texts that opened my eyes to new ways of approaching Shakespeare. My classroom will certainly be more hands of with the texts that will ideally lead to greater engagement and understanding.”
“My experience at this institute was overwhelmingly positive. The combination of scholarship/research with the physical/acting/directing aspect cultivated a unique and inspirational learning environment…Going back to the classroom I feel that I am an expert in Shakespeare, and thus able to teach my students with a new found confidence in my subject.”
“I feel incredibly reinvigorated to go back into the classroom and approach Shakespeare in new ways and tackle new plays with an extra sense of all the great methods that we worked on through both scholarship and performance aspects.”
“The TFANA-NEH summer seminar was hands-down the best professional development experience I have had in my 10+ years of high school teaching. The work–both in scholarship and performance–was challenging, invigorating, relevant, and applicable…I will bring back these approaches this year, not only in my Shakespeare unit but also in our study of literature and cultures in other areas.”
“This was THE most powerful professional development experience I have ever had. From the quality of the professors/instructors to the organization and camaraderie of the host and her staff to the high level of scholarship and collegiality of my fellow participants, this institute was a grand slam.”
“This experience was irreplaceable. To have the opportunity to step back into the shoes of a student for two weeks was such a joy.”
“There are very few professional development opportunities that extend my knowledge base, connect my personal passions, renew my own love for learning, improve my instruction as a professional, and challenge me as a scholar. This institute did so.”
“The opportunity to visit the rare book library and look at a First Folio was definitely once in a lifetime opportunity that I’ll never forget!”
“The activities were not only fun but continually shocked me into realizing how much more was in every line of Shakespeare than I ever knew.”
“The Institute was a life-changing / teacher-changing experience for me.”
“This program was ALL I’d hoped and expected it to be — and more. A high level of discourse and instruction, thoughtfully designed and sequenced. Useful strategies for the classroom. It truly was an integrated, “combined” approach to Shakespeare.”
“The instructors were excellent and my peers were equally talented and impressive. The activities were varied enough to make every day different and the assignments for the participants were both challenging and instructive.”
“Overall, this was an amazing experience that both reinvigorated my passion for scholarship and inspired me to take back the strategies and approaches the instructors used to get us on our feet and into Shakespeare’s language.”
A copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio, which participants get to view and handle on the Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Library tour.
Polonsky Shakespeare Center, home of the NEH Summer Institute
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Pictured above: Participants in the 2018 NEH Summer Institute for School Teachers; Polonsky Shakespeare Center, photo ©David Sundberg/Esto.