Upcoming Institutes

Best Practices in Reading Instruction

Humanities Texas is currently holding two series of workshops on teaching reading. Each series will consist of three one-day sessions. One series will take place in Austin on October 17th, December 5th, and January 30th. The other series, held in San Antonio, will take place on October 18th, December 6th, and January 31st. Teachers are expected to attend all three sessions in the series.


Faculty will present evidence-based approaches to teaching reading in grades four and five. Each of the three workshops will include interactive sessions on word study and recognition, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. The workshops will also include strategies specifically developed for working with ELL students and struggling learners. The series is cumulative—each workshop will build on the previous session and explore the material presented in greater depth. Teachers will be encouraged to implement the approaches in their classrooms between sessions and seek feedback from faculty and peers.

The workshops will feature close interaction with leading literacy experts and present an innovative, comprehensive approach to evidence-based reading instruction. Content will align with the fourth- and fifth-grade Reading and Comprehension TEKS.


Workshop faculty includes Dr. Diane Haager of California State University, Los Angeles; Dr. Jennifer Schnakenberg of The University of Texas at Austin; and educational consultant Dr. María Elena Argüelles.

Location and Schedule

The Austin workshops will take place on October 17th, December 5th, and January 30th at the Byrne-Reed House. The San Antonio workshops will take place on October 18th, December 6th, and January 31st (venue TBD).


The workshops are open to fourth- and fifth-grade teachers of reading. At present, each series is fully booked. Please contact Eric Lupfer at Humanities Texas to inquire about the possibility of openings in the December and January sessions.

Travel and Substitute Reimbursement and CPE Credits

The workshops are free to teachers and their schools. Humanities Texas will provide schools $80/per workshop to cover the cost of substitutes for participating teachers. Humanities Texas will not locate or secure substitutes; this remains the responsibility of the schools or districts. Participants will receive CPE credit and a wealth of curricular materials. CPE hours will be adjusted if a participant misses any portion of the program.

Teachers will be reimbursed for approved travel costs up to $300 per workshop. Eligible expenses include mileage, lodging, air travel, airport parking, and taxi fares. Meals are not reimbursable. Reimbursement rates are set by the State of Texas. Itemized receipts are required for all costs excluding gas. Please review the Humanities Texas travel policy for program participants for more information.

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from the program. Please note that Humanities Texas’s maximum reimbursement for total travel expenses is $300 per workshop, even if the participant’s actual expenses exceed that amount.

Partners and Sponsors

Humanities Texas has developed these programs in collaboration with the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk at UT Austin. The workshops are made possible with support from the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Questions about Teacher Institutes

Call 512.440.1991 or email institutes@humanitiestexas.org.