Upcoming Institutes

Best Practices in Reading Instruction
(2020–21 Online Series)

In partnership with the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk at The University of Texas at Austin, Humanities Texas will hold a series of webinars on teaching reading at the fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade levels. The series will consist of eight two-hour sessions on the following dates:

  • October 7, 2020, 5–7 pm
  • October 14, 2020, 5–7 pm
  • October 21, 2020, 5–7 pm
  • November 4, 2020, 5–7 pm
  • February 3, 2021, 5–7 pm
  • February 10, 2021, 5–7 pm
  • February 17, 2021, 5–7 pm
  • February 24, 2021, 5–7 pm


This cumulative series will present evidence-based approaches to teaching reading across content areas in upper elementary and early middle school:

  • Sessions will include interactive presentations on word study and recognition, vocabulary, and reading comprehension with an emphasis on social studies texts.
  • Emphasis will be placed on serving struggling readers, English language learners, and students still working to catch up after falling behind as a result of instructional disruptions in recent months.
  • Faculty will provide and model strategies for teaching in an online environment.

Each session will build on the previous session and explore the material presented in greater depth. Content will align with the 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.


The workshops are open to fourth–, fifth-, and sixth-grade teachers of reading. Teachers will be expected to attend all sessions in the series.

How to Apply

Applications are no longer being accepted for this series.

CPE Credit

Participants will receive CPE credit and a wealth of curricular materials. CPE hours will be adjusted if a participant misses any portion of the online program.

Partners and Sponsors

Humanities Texas has developed these programs in collaboration with the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk at UT Austin. The series is made possible with major funding from the State of Texas with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Questions about Teacher Institutes

Call 512.440.1991 or email institutes@humanitiestexas.org.