Upcoming Institutes

The Civil War Era

On February 5 and 6, 2020, Humanities Texas will hold one-day workshops in Fort Worth and Dallas focusing on teaching the history of the Civil War Era.

Faculty and Curriculum

Content will align with the TEKS for U.S. history. Faculty presentations and seminars will address approaches to teaching slavery in U.S. history, secession, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.

The workshops will feature close interaction with scholars, the examination of primary sources, and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities. Teachers will receive books and other instructional materials.

Workshop faculty includes Signe Peterson Fourmy (The University of Texas at Austin), Andrew Torget (University of North Texas), Susannah Ural (University of Southern Mississippi), and Ben Wright (The University of Texas at Dallas).

Locations and Schedule

February 5, 2020Fort WorthDee J. Kelly Alumni and Visitors' Center, Texas Christian University
February 6, 2020DallasOld Red Museum of Dallas County History & Culture


The workshops are open to U.S. and Texas history teachers in Texas middle and high schools. Priority consideration will be given to early-career teachers in low-performing schools and districts.

How to Apply

Complete the online application. Please apply as soon as possible, as registration will occur on a rolling basis and space is limited. 

Travel and Substitute Reimbursement and CPE Credits

The workshops are free to teachers and their schools. Humanities Texas will reimburse schools $80 for a substitute for any teacher who attends. 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. 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, even if the participant’s actual expenses exceed $300.


The workshops are 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.