Upcoming Institutes

The Civil War Era

In February 2018, Humanities Texas will hold one-day teacher workshops in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Lufkin, Houston, and Austin, focusing on slavery, secession, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.

Faculty and curriculum

Content will be aligned with the TEKS. The workshops will feature close interaction with scholars, the examination of primary sources, and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities. Teachers will receive books and other instructional materials. 

The workshop faculty includes Michael Les Benedict (The Ohio State University), Daina Berry (The University of Texas at Austin), Albert S. Broussard (Texas A&M University), Daniel Feller (the University of Tennessee), James Sidbury (Rice University), Andrew Torget (University of North Texas), and Jennifer L. Weber (the University of Kansas).

Locations and schedule

February 1, 2018Corpus ChristiArt Museum of South Texas
February 2, 2018San AntonioUTSA Downtown Campus
February 21, 2018LufkinAngelina College
February 22, 2016HoustonBayou Bend Collections and Gardens
February 23, 2017AustinByrne-Reed House


The workshops are open to all secondary-level social studies teachers. Priority consideration will be given to early-career teachers in low-performing schools and districts.

Travel and Substitute Reimbursement and CPE Credits

The workshop is free to teachers and their schools. Humanities Texas will reimburse schools $80 for a substitute for any teacher who attends. Humanities Texas will not locate or secure substitutes; this remains the responsibility of the schools or districts. Participants will receive CPE hours and may be eligible to receive GT credit, depending on district standards. CPE hours will be adjusted if a teacher misses any portion of the program.

Teachers will be reimbursed for approved travel costs up to $300. Eligible expenses include mileage, lodging, air travel, airport parking, and taxi fares. Meals are not reimbursable. Reimbursement rates are set by the State of Texas. Itemized receipts are required for all costs excluding gas. Please review the Humanities Texas travel policy for program participants for more information. 

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from the program. Please note that Humanities Texas’s maximum reimbursement for total travel expenses is $300, even if the teacher’s actual expenses exceed $300.

How to Apply

Complete the online application. Please apply as soon as possible, as registration will occur on a rolling basis and space is limited.


The workshops are made possible with major funding from the State of Texas and the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation, with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Questions about Teacher Institutes

Call 512.440.1991 or email institutes@humanitiestexas.org.