Get up and play seriously
Theatrical professional, teachers and academics are working together on professional development that brings Shakespeare to life for students. To give teachers a boost, the University of Sydney has formed a partnership with Bell Shakespeare so that teachers can count their Bell Shakespeare training as credit towards a postgraduate qualification, a Master's of Education. It is a partnership with its roots in Bell Shakespeare's Regional Teacher Scholarship (RTS) pilot program that began in 2007. Now in 2009 the RTS partnership has been formalised. In addition to the accreditation, the RTS develops teachers' skills to work with Shakespeare practically in the classroom. As a compulsory component of the RTS program, teachers undertake a unit on 'Teaching Shakespeare', and 20 alumni from the first three years of the RTS program have been selected to work with the Curriculum Corporation through The Le@rning Federation. They will further develop the 'Teaching Shakespeare' unit to incorporate a range of infotech activities. The array of units on offer should give teachers plenty of options that suit their needs. [Author abstract, ed]
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