Upcoming Institutes

Best Practices in Reading Instruction

Humanities Texas will hold two series of workshops on teaching reading at the fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade levels. Each series will consist of three one-day sessions. One series will take place in Austin on October 23rd, December 4th, and January 29th. The other series, held in San Antonio, will take place on October 24th, December 5th, and January 30th. Teachers are expected to attend all three sessions in the series.

Faculty and Curriculum

"Best Practices in Reading Instruction" will present evidence-based approaches to teaching reading in grades four, five, and six. Each of the three workshops will include interactive sessions on word study and recognition, vocabulary, and reading comprehension with an emphasis on social studies texts. 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 the sessions and seek feedback from faculty and peers. Content will align with the fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade Reading and Comprehension TEKS.

Humanities Texas has developed these programs in collaboration the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk at The University of Texas at Austin. 

Workshop faculty will include Dr. Diane Haager of California State University, Los Angeles; Dr. Jennifer Schnakenberg of The University of Texas at Austin; and educational consultant Dr. Alejandra Rodriguez Mielke.

Locations and Schedule

The Austin workshops will take place on October 23rd, December 4th, and January 29th at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The San Antonio workshops will take place on October 24th, December 5th, and January 30th at Trinity University.


The workshops are open to fourth–, fifth-, and sixth-grade teachers of reading. Priority consideration will be given to early-career teachers in low-performing schools and districts. Teachers will be expected to attend all three sessions in the series.

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.


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.