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New York City Teachers Receive 2013 Karen Jeff Scholarships

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2013 Karen Jeff Scholars (from left to right): Sarah Bever, Kathy Cooley, Michelle Shapiro and Melissa Law.

The English-Speaking Union awarded four teachers with scholarships to attend a two-day professional development program Shakespeare Set Free in New York City this summer.  The Karen Jeff Scholarship, named for the ESU's late Director of Education, is a competitive award open to New York City Board of Education middle and high school teachers.

The scholarship recipients were: Sarah Bever of Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School (Queens); Kathy Cooley of Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School 74 (Queens); Melissa Law of College Avenue Academy Middle School 22 (Bronx) and Michelle Shapiro of Isobel Rooney Middle School 80 (Bronx).

The Shakespeare Set Free Institutes are a collaboration of the English-Speaking Union and the Folger Shakespeare Library, a national leader in Shakespeare education and home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare materials.  During the interactive and intensive New York City Institute, teachers participated in lectures, seminars, performance classes and pedagogical exercises with internationally-renowned Shakespeare scholars and educators.  Teachers return to their schools energized and enriched with new methods for teaching Shakespeare.  Each participant also receives a Shakespeare Set Free Toolkit, with lesson plans, videos and textbooks for immediately applying the Institute lessons. 

To learn more about the Karen Jeff Scholarship, contact: Katharine Moran, Manager of Shakespeare Education Programs, at 

Learn more about the Shakespeare Set Free Institutes.

View the photo gallery of the 2013 NYC SSF Institute

Watch videos from the 2013 NYC SSF Institute. 


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