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Theatre mentorship program for remote teachers

Teachers from regional, rural and remote Australian schools are invited to apply for a fully-funded year-long mentorship with national theatre company, Bell Shakespeare.

Through the 2019 Regional Teacher Mentorship program, 30 teachers from across the country will be given the opportunity to travel to Bell Shakespeare’s Sydney headquarters for four days of specialist training in teaching Shakespeare, to collaborate and network with teachers from other regions.

Teachers involved in the program will receive ongoing support from Bell Shakespeare artists and staff, as well as access to in-school and in-theatre programs to support continued learning.

Bell Shakespeare’s Artistic Director, Peter Evans, said the mentorship was an unparalleled professional development opportunity for teachers from regional and remote areas.

“This program equips the participants with tools and strategies to teach in ways that can help break down the barriers to students understanding and appreciation of the ideas, language, imagery and relevance of Shakespeare’s work,” he said.

“The teachers come away from the experience with the confidence to implement new approaches in the classroom and lesson plans that include more active and engaging methods of teaching.”

Gill Perkins, Executive Director of Bell Shakespeare, added that the program was an important part of the company’s longstanding commitment to reaching regional and remote Australia.

“The Regional Teacher Mentorship has a significant impact, especially in smaller communities that may not otherwise have such opportunities,” she said.

“Our commitment to reaching regional and remotely located Australians is one we take great pride in, and we would not be able to run important programs like the Regional Teacher Mentorship without the generous support of our partners in this program; Teachers Mutual Bank and the Australian Government.”

Applications will be open until 26 November 2018, with winners announced in December. For more information or to apply, please click here.

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