From Staff Reports

Earlier this month, a Prosper teacher traveled to Houston to participate in a one-day workshop focused on teaching the plays of William Shakespeare.

Stacy Hricko, who teaches Pre-AP English I and II at Prosper High School, attended the workshop, which offered teachers the opportunity to work closely with leading scholars, studying plays such as Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet and developing innovative ways for teaching them at the secondary level.

During the morning, participants attended dynamic lectures and presentations. In the afternoon, they joined faculty in small workshops to examine primary sources and develop effective strategies for classroom instruction.

The workshop faculty included distinguished scholars from leading universities, such as J. Dennis Huston of Rice University and Elizabeth Richmond-Garza and John Rumrich, both of the University of Texas at Austin.

Paul V. Sullivan, a master teacher with the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C., lead workshops on using performance-based teaching strategies in the classroom.

The workshop, which was held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, was sponsored by Humanities Texas.

"Humanities Texas is delighted to include an exceptional teacher from Prosper in this educational endeavor," said Humanities Texas Executive Director Michael L. Gillette. "Bringing teachers together to learn from leading scholars and from each other is an effective way to ensure that Texas students continue to receive the best possible educational opportunities."

The workshop was made possible with support from the State of Texas, as well as from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, sponsors programs promoting heritage, culture and education throughout the state.