Learning by Doing
Folger Shakespeare Library began expanding its Shakespeare education programs in the early 1980s under the direction of the first Folger head of education, Peggy O’Brien. The emphasis, then as now, was on learning by doing—getting students actively involved with Shakespeare by speaking and acting his words.
Today’s Folger educational outreach includes many programs established at that time, including student festivals and NEH-funded summer institutes for teachers. O’Brien also worked with teachers to develop Shakespeare Set Free, a set of three books of practical guidance for teaching some of Shakespeare’s best known plays.