Professional Development for School Teachers

Learn inquiry-based approaches to teaching Shakespeare that support BC’s curriculum and reflect present-day values.

We look forward to offering in-person professional development sessions as soon as we can safely do so. In the meantime, we are delighted to offer these sessions online!

Why Shakespeare? Why now? And how?

What place does Shakespeare have in the contemporary classroom and in BC’s curriculum? Is there value in exploring Shakespeare’s plays and poems today? If so, how do we approach Shakespeare in ways that reflect present-day values and foster community?

Join the Education team from Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival as we discuss these questions and share our participant-first approach to exploring and interpreting Shakespeare’s plays.

Upcoming Sessions

  • Surrey Teachers’ Association convention: May 7, 2021
  • Central Okanagan Teachers’ Association (myCOTA) conference: September 1, 2021
  • British Columbia Teacher of English Language Arts (BCTELA) conference: October 22, 2021
  • Provincial Intermediate and Middle Years Teachers’ Association (myPITA) conference: October 22, 2021

If you’d like to request a session on this topic or another for your conference, school, or district, please contact us at


Bard Education is committed to providing affordable resources to schools in our community. Please contact us with the specifics of your request, and we can provide a quote.


For more information, please contact Melanie Hiepler, Education Coordinator, at


Where do these sessions take place?

We can come to you, or we can hold a session on Zoom.

If we’re coming to your school, a theatre, classroom, library, or similar space are ideal. We just ask that workshops not be held in gymnasiums, since acoustics can be a problem.

How long is a session?

We can fit your requirements. Sessions can be as short as 75 minutes or as long as a full day. The more time we have the more we’re able to cover.

How does Bard Education’s programming connect to the BC Curriculum?

Click here to read about how Bard Education’s programming can enhance your students’ learning within BC’s curriculum.