From June 12–15, 2023, Humanities Texas held a professional development institute in College Station for English Language Arts (ELA) teachers focusing on teaching writing.
The institute focused on topics and skills central to the state's high school ELA curriculum. Faculty presentations provided resources and strategies for helping students to become better writers. Content was aligned with the TEKS. The institute covered conducting research; using digital tools; understanding and engaging student writers; and analysis, argumentation, and evaluation.
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.
Amy Earhart (Texas A&M University) served as faculty director for the institute. The faculty included Oscar Cásares (The University of Texas at Austin), Marta Krogh (Southern Methodist University), Amanda Licastro (Swarthmore College), Susan Schorn (The University of Texas at Austin), Toniesha Taylor (Texas Southern University), and Jason Crider, Sara DiCaglio, Bruce Herbert, Terri Pantuso, Elizabeth Robinson, and Tianna Uchacz of Texas A&M University.
The institute was made possible with major funding from the State of Texas, with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.