In the fall of 2021, Humanities Texas held a series of 90-minute webinars for Texas history teachers on teaching about American Indians in Texas.
The webinar series aligned with TEKS standards for the state's seventh-grade Texas history curriculum, offering teachers new windows into the history of American Indians in Texas and a collection of curriculum materials geared toward bringing innovative perspectives into the classroom. Team taught by a historian and two master teachers, the institute focused on the long arc of American Indian presence in Texas from the pre-contact era through the “Indian Wars” of the 1870s.
Like all Humanities Texas teacher programs, the webinar series was content-based and teacher-centered, with an emphasis on teaching with primary sources and developing effective pedagogical strategies. Teachers attending this webinar series gained new insights into the story of American Indians in Texas and received curated primary-source lessons that are classroom-ready.
The program faculty included Andrew Torget (University of North Texas), Jay Ferguson (Round Rock ISD), and Michelle Phillips (College Station ISD).
The institute schedule can be viewed here.
The institute was made possible with major funding from the State of Texas, with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.