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"I've learned more from the Shakespeare Society than just about any other PD organization in eighteen years of teaching. And my students have benefited profoundly."
~ Avram Kline, New Design High School
The Shakespeare Society is accepting Teaching Artist applications for the 2014-2015 school year.
The Society and its TAs bring performance-based Shakespeare education to thousands of school children across the city of New York. Through in-school and after-school residencies, our TAs collaborate closely with teachers and develop best strategies for exploring and activating Shakespeare according to each classroom's unique needs.
The Society welcomes applicants with 2 or more years of relevant teaching experience (in NYC and in public-school settings preferred). Successful applicants will participate in training with other Society TAs before being assigned an in-school residency. They will be supported by one-on-ones with The Society's Education Director, a mentor relationship with a senior Society TA, and frequent Professional Development sessions.
The Shakespeare Society's Educational Programs
The Shakespeare Society’s educational outreach program is based on the belief that through our work students not only come to a better understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare, they also learn more about themselves and their relationships with others. Reading, acting, and discovering Shakespeare’s plays can be a profoundly personal journey for students and their teachers.
The Shakespeare Society views each educational program as a laboratory not only to develop literary and performance-based skills, but also to nurture skills that serve students throughout their lives. These include listening and responding, public speaking, self-presentation, diction and enunciation, relaxation techniques, physical and emotional self-assessment, self-discipline, and teamwork. Importantly, The Shakespeare Society’s educational programs integrate current academic goals and the New York State Board of Education learning standards. For more information about our Educational programming contact Sarah Abrams at 212-967-6804.
Our program consists of five initiatives: Shakespeare In Schools, The Hunts Point Children’s Shakespeare Ensemble, Shakespeare After School, Shakespeare Insights Teen Internship Program and Teaching Teachers, as well as collaboration with a blog called "Shakespeare in the City," all detailed below:
Shakespeare in the City
As artists and educators we believe that exploring the work of Shakespeare is a physical, intellectual and artistic process. We look forward to creating a blog that supports fellow educators in similar pursuits. Our goal is to highlight the varied ways students, educators and artists can engage in Shakespeare by highlighting the diverse ways different arts organizations in New York City address the Bard: public performance by professional actors, in-school workshops to support student’s understanding of the texts, professional development to support teachers develop their own tool box to address Shakespeare in their classroom.
On the 23rd of each month, members of the New York City Educators Roundtable will be submitting entries to the blog that explore a particular interest, concern or question they have as it relates to the teaching and performing of Shakespeare. Between these “major” posts, there will be other posts that will include links to local performances, workshops, lectures and discussions.
Find out more at http://shakespeareinthecity.wordpress.com/.
Shakespeare In Schools
Our Shakespeare In Schools initiative reaches thousands of ethnically diverse students in numerous schools in all five boroughs of New York City. These students have had little or no exposure to arts in education, and some of the teachers who are expected to teach them Shakespeare have barely studied him themselves. In New York City schools, most young people only read Shakespeare, and, especially if English is not their first language, Shakespeare's vast vocabulary is often beyond the initial grasp of most children the Shakespeare Society serves. Bringing Shakespeare into the body presents the right amount of challenge for young people, and helps to bring the plays and poetry to life in their hearts. Recognizing that research has proven that exposure to and participation in the arts has a powerful and positive effect on educational achievement and self-esteem, the Shakespeare Society sends classically-trained professional actors and teaching artists into public school classrooms.
Our actors draw young people into the world of Shakespeare through movement, speech and performance. Teaching through performance helps students to internalize the language and meaning of the plays and to have fun! This program also helps the wonderful teachers with whom we work to deepen their own understanding of Shakespeare, to develop a repertory of methods for helping their students to connect with Shakespeare substantively, and to increase the confidence with which they teach Shakespeare when our actors are not there. Residencies range from one to ten sessions, and each one is the result of a customized, hands-on process of development and collaboration with teachers.
In addition, the teachers with whom we collaborate may submit a written proposal at any time during the school year to request funds for specific classroom needs relating to Shakespeare. In the past, these grants have provided textbooks, DVDs, and tickets to Shakespeare productions.
Teachers! Please Click Here to fill out a residency request form.
The Hunts Point Children's Shakespeare Ensemble