Upcoming Institutes

Slavery, Secession, the Civil War, and Reconstruction

In February 2016, Humanities Texas will hold five one-day teacher workshops throughout the state 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), Albert S. Broussard (Texas A&M University), Daniel Feller (the University of Tennessee), Nikki Taylor (Texas Southern University), Jerry D. Thompson (TAMIU), and Jennifer L. Weber (the University of Kansas).

Locations and schedule

February 10, 2016EdinburgEducation Service Center, Region 1
February 11, 2016Corpus ChristiArt Museum of South Texas
February 12, 2016San AntonioUTSA Downtown Campus
February 17, 2016San AngeloEducation Service Center, Region 15
February 18, 2016LubbockEducation Service Center, Region 17



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.

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 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.


The workshop is made possible with major funding from the State of Texas, with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Questions about Teacher Institutes

Call 512.440.1991 or email institutes@humanitiestexas.org.