In February 2016, Humanities Texas held five one-day teacher workshops throughout the state focusing on slavery, secession, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.
Faculty lectures addressed topics such as the slave trade, the sectional crisis, the election of 1860, Latinos' experience in Texas during the Civil War, and Reconstruction.
Nearly 250 teachers attended the workshops, which emphasized close interaction with scholars, the examination of primary sources, and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities. Content was aligned with the secondary social studies TEKS. Teachers received books and other instructional materials and were trained in the examination and interpretation of primary sources.
Workshop faculty included 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 (Texas A&M International University), and Jennifer L. Weber (The University of Kansas).
The workshop overviews detail each program's schedule and participants.
|Edinburg||February 10||Education Service Center, Region 1||overview|
|Corpus Christi||February 11||Art Museum of South Texas||overview|
|San Antonio||February 12||UTSA Downtown Campus||overview|
|San Angelo||February 17||Education Service Center, Region 15||overview|
|Lubbock||February 18||Education Service Center, Region 17||overview|
The workshop was made possible with major funding from the State of Texas, with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.