Past Institutes

 Critical Reading and Engaged Writing

On July 19, 2022, Humanities Texas held a one-day workshop on the campus of The University of Texas at San Antonio for English language arts (ELA) teachers on strategies for teaching critical reading skills and designing engaging writing assignments.


The workshop provided teachers with strategies for improving students’ critical reading skills and developing engaging writing assignments that extend students’ understanding of a variety of literary and informational texts. Strategies and content aligned with the secondary-level English and language arts TEKS.

Like all Humanities Texas teacher programs, the institute emphasized close interaction with scholars and writers and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities.


The program faculty included Phillip J. Barrish (The University of Texas at Austin), Amy Earhart (Texas A&M University), Marta Krogh (Southern Methodist University), and Susan Schorn (The University of Texas at Austin).

Location and Schedule

The workshop took place at the UTSA Downtown Campus. For more information, view the program schedule here.

Partners and Sponsors

The institute was made possible with major funding from the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation and additional support from UTSA, the State of Texas, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Questions about Teacher Institutes

Call 512.440.1991 or email