Past Institutes

Teaching Evidence-Based Reading Practices at the Secondary Level (2021 Online Institute)

From June 15–17, 2021, in partnership with the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk at The University of Texas at Austin, Humanities Texas held an online institute on teaching reading at the sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade levels for both social studies and English language arts (ELA) teachers.


Content was aligned with the TEKS. Sessions included interactive presentations on the science of teaching reading and content-area literacy with an emphasis on social studies texts.

Like all Humanities Texas programs, the institute was content-based and teacher-centered, with an emphasis on teaching with primary sources and developing effective pedagogical strategies.


The program faculty included Jennifer Schnakenberg (UT Austin), Diane Haager (Cal State LA), and María Elena Argüelles (independent education consultant).


The schedule for the "Teaching Evidence-Based Reading Practices at the Secondary Level" online institute 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.

Questions about Teacher Institutes

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