The Jane Austen Summer Program wants teachers! We can't wait to explore the worlds of Austen and Shakespeare with educators at our four-day symposium June 16-19 in Carrboro, N.C.
What makes JASP so vital for teachers? "JASP offers a unique opportunity to focus on the complexity and context of Austen (and this year, Shakespeare in relation to Austen) and how to bring that complexity into the classroom so that it is accessible and engaging for students," says JASP teacher scholarship organizer Kathryn Edelstein.
"Teachers not only participate in the discussions and context corners that JASP is known for, but also have special breakout sessions designed specifically for them in which we share innovative ways to bring Jane Austen and Shakespeare alive for students of all ages," Edelstein continues.
The teacher sessions this year are: “Sampling Shakespeare: How Jane Austen Remixed the Bard” and “Power and Motivation: Characterization in Austen and Shakespeare.” Educators will walk away from JASP with actionable lessons and teaching materials as well as a renewed appreciation for a rich literary heritage, Edelstein says.
K-12 teachers receive a discounted tuition of $250 per person (regular tuition is $465 per person). JASP offers 30 contact hours for 3 CEU credits. The tuition covers all seminars, panels, lectures, and small-group discussions, one ticket to the Regency theatricals, and one ticket to the Regency Murder Mystery, as well as a warm buffet breakfast, elevenses, and a welcome reception.
JASP also offers scholarships to all current middle school and high school teachers who want to learn more about incorporating Austen, Shakespeare, and best practices in their curriculum.
As part of the teacher scholarship program, JASP is pleased to offer the Abella Scholarship to help ensure that Jane Austen remains accessible to everyone. North Carolina middle and high school teachers from historically underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply for the Abella Scholarship.
All teacher scholarships cover the full tuition fee and materials, a teacher scholarship winner luncheon, and attendance at the Regency Tea. The deadline for applications is 11:59 p.m. March 7, and the winners will be announced by April 1.