From July 12–16, 2021, Humanities Texas held an online professional development institute for Texas teachers on teaching the Texas Revolution.
The institute aligned with TEKS standards for the state's seventh-grade Texas history curriculum, offering teachers new windows into the Texas Revolution 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 tying the "big picture" of the Texas Revolution to the unique experiences of Tejanos, women, and African Americans.
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. Teachers who participated in the institute 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.