“I have always recommended your teacher programs as some of the best teacher workshops in Chicago. (I describe them as transformational, actually.) I can’t tell you how much they have meant to these students now teaching in Chicago schools.”
–Professor working with teachers in training, Saint Xavier University, Chicago
From the launch of Team Shakespeare nearly three decades ago, Chicago Shakespeare Theater has viewed its work with classroom teachers as an active, cooperative partnership—combining the unique areas of expertise of a professional theater focused on Shakespeare with a group of professional educators focused on teaching literature and reading.
CST offers numerous learning opportunities throughout the year to support educators’ professional growth, including free, one-day teacher workshops, specialized on-site library of teaching resources, and free online teaching resources, including comprehensive teacher handbooks for downloading and Team Shakespeare Digital teaching activities.
CST is also deeply committed to serving teachers in Chicago Public Schools through Bard Core, a year-long professional learning seminar that introduces CPS high school English, Special Education, and ELL teachers to drama-based strategies for engaging students—including struggling and reluctant readers, and English language learners—with Shakespeare and other challenging texts.