Every year, 30 regional and remote teachers from across Australia receive a fully funded, year-long mentorship with Bell Shakespeare. They travel to Bell Shakespeare HQ in Sydney to attend four intensive days learning innovative Shakespeare strategies, active learning principles, and teaching techniques to engage all learners across all year levels. Then, on return to their schools, the teachers receive mentoring for the remainder of the year, with the Bell Shakespeare education team providing support, guidance and resources as and when they need it.
Expansion from regional to national
The Regional Teacher Mentorship is a highly sought after, renowned and innovative program for regional, rural and remote Australian teachers. To increase the reach of the Mentorship, a decision was made to expand the criteria to accommodate teachers from urban and metropolitan schools, who also face significant challenges and would benefit greatly from it.
A minimum of 15 of the 30 teachers will be dedicated to regional, rural or remote applications.
Shakespeare in the classroom
‘It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life,’ says Alison Kerimofski, recalling the year-long mentorship she undertook. As a teacher for kids with disabilities, this mentorship gave her the confidence and support she needed to open the emotional world of Shakespeare and its benefits to her students.
Read more about her experience and takeaways.
About Bell Shakespeare
Bell Shakespeare is Australia’s national theatre company specialising in the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Established by renowned Actor/Director John Bell, what began in a circus tent in Sydney in 1990 has grown into a theatre company with unrivalled reach and impact, delivering mainstage productions and an education and outreach program to every state and territory, ensuring classic theatre experiences are accessible to all Australians.