- A Travel Fellowship Scheme that annually paired a teacher with an academic and sent them on an overseas research trip to Shakespeare-related educational and cultural sites. On return, they shared their insights with colleagues in Sydney.
- The teaching of two University of Sydney postgraduate modules on Shakespeare on site at the school (rather than on the University’s campus). These modules attracted teachers from a range of schools in the local area to commence and complete postgraduate coursework degrees.
- A conference, ‘Drawing out Shakespeare: Shakespeare and Education, Then and Now’ (2010), co-hosted with the Australia and New Zealand Shakespeare Association. This led to the co-edited book, Teaching Shakespeare beyond the Centre: Australasian Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).
- An academic-in-residence program that enabled academics to spend full days on the school campus in order to explore new teaching and learning ideas with teachers and their classes. This scheme produced resources that were made available to teachers via publication in mETAphor and now on this website.
- The ‘Unlearning Shakespeare’ symposium which was co-convened by Jane Coles and Liam Semler at Oxford Brookes University (UK) (2012) and the ‘Radical Shakespeare Pedagogy’ roundtable co-hosted with the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, Stratford-upon-Avon (2012).
- Published research into the relationships between formal learning systems, creativity, complexity and the neoliberal educational context.
- The creation and pilot of the Shakespeare Imaginarium as a free, accredited, professional learning course for teachers.
In 2015 a new Imaginarium series called Shakeserendipity was piloted at Barker College before being launched online in April 2016. In 2016 a new professional learning initiative called the Teaching and Learning Caskets Imaginarium was piloted at the school. This enabled English teachers to discuss recent scholarly articles on educational ideas and practices. At the end of 2016 the team published a digital game called Shakespeed which uses the same game mechanics as Shakeserendipity, but all its linked resources are short, open-access videos. In 2016 six members of the Better Strangers team (including a schoolteacher from our partner school) presented papers and ran a workshop at the British Shakespeare Association Conference in Hull, England.
Phase 4 (Better Strangers 3, 2017-19)