Bard Core

"I love that we learn by doing. Crucial!"
Teacher, Marine Leadership Academy


"Heard it was the best and would be useful for my entire practice—it was." 
Teacher, Solorio Academy

“Bard Core Curriculum: Reading into Shakespeare” each year introduces a class of Chicago Public high school English, Special Education, and ESL teachers over the course of the summer and academic year to drama-based strategies for engaging students—including struggling and reluctant readers, and English language learners—with Shakespeare and other challenging texts. Having served more than 300 teachers in over 80 high schools across the city, the 2018-19 school year will mark Bard Core’s fifteenth anniversary year.

By using some of the same tools that enable actors to break open Shakespeare’s complex language and capture the emotion, intention and meaning behind the words, teachers learn to authentically engage their students with the text in interactive, creative ways. Through the efforts of participating curriculum experts and reading strategists who model skills and facilitate teacher practice and structured peer-learning, seminar instruction connects directly to CPS student learning goals and addresses the challenges of practical implementation in the “real-world” classroom settings that teachers experience every day.

Teachers who complete Bard Core are invited back each year to participate in a group that teachers themselves dubbed, “Hard Core Bard Core,” our continuing professional development initiative exclusively for Bard Core alumni. Hard Core Bard Core provides our teachers unparalleled access to nationally recognized experts in the field, as well as peer-based learning forums that continue to develop their classroom practice.

For CPS high school English teachers who wish to apply, please call CST’s Education Department at 312.595.5678 or email to request an application. Teachers will be accepted into the program on a rolling basis until the class is full.




Additional support perennially funded by: 
The Malott Family Student Access Fund
Pritzker Foundation Team Shakespeare Fund
The Segal Family Foundation Student Matinee Fund



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