Upcoming Institutes

Critical Reading and Engaged Writing

On February 1 and 2, 2018, Humanities Texas will hold one-day workshops in Houston and San Antonio on strategies for teaching critical reading skills and designing engaging writing assignments.

Faculty and curriculum

The workshop will provide teachers with strategies for improving students’ critical reading skills and media literacy, and developing engaging writing assignments that extend students’ understanding of a variety of literary and informational texts. The workshop will also introduce the Close Reading Interpretive Tool, a web-based application that walks students through a systematic process of interpretation. Strategies and content will align with the secondary-level English and language arts TEKS.

The Houston workshop faculty includes Brian Bremen of The University of Texas at Austin, Kirsten Ostherr of Rice University, Lisa Falkenberg of the Houston Chronicle, and Cathy D'Agostino, a former high school teacher who now serves as a consultant with teacher programs organized by the College Board.

The San Antonio workshop faculty features Bremen, D'Agostino, and Coleman Hutchison and Susan Schorn of The University of Texas at Austin.


The Houston workshop will take place on February 1, 2018, at the Kingdom Builders' Center. The San Antonio workshop is scheduled for February 2, 2018, at ESC 20.


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

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.

Substitute and travel reimbursements and CPE credits

The workshops are 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.


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. This program is also part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” Initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The initiative seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry. We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.

Questions about Teacher Institutes

Call 512.440.1991 or email institutes@humanitiestexas.org.