Upcoming Institutes

Founding a New Nation

From June 15–19, 2020, Humanities Texas will hold an online professional development institute for Texas teachers covering U.S. history during the founding period.

The institute will take place online via Zoom from Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m. CT. Each day, a single faculty member will lead a two-hour session that includes a lecture, Q&A, and a seminar on teaching with primary sources. Teachers accepted to the program will be expected to attend all sessions.


Content will be aligned with the TEKS. The institute will address the challenges confronted by the government and its leaders in the early years of the republic. The schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, June 15: George Washington: Defining the Presidency
  • Tuesday, June 16: Alexander Hamilton and the Development of the U.S. Economic System
  • Wednesday, June 17: Thomas Jefferson and the Rise of Political Parties
  • Thursday, June 18: American Society During the Founding Period
  • Friday, June 19: Establishing the Federal Judiciary

Like all Humanities Texas teacher programs, the institute will be content-based and teacher-centered, with an emphasis on teaching with primary sources and developing effective pedagogical strategies.


The program faculty includes Zara Anishanslin (University of Delaware), Kate Elizabeth Brown (Western Kentucky University), Denver Brunsman (George Washington University), Lindsay M. Chervinsky (White House Historical Association), and Joseph F. Kobylka (Southern Methodist University).


The institute is open to secondary-level U.S. history teachers in Texas schools. Priority consideration will be given to early-career teachers in low-performing schools and districts.

CPE Credits

The institute is free to teachers and their schools. 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.

How to Apply

Complete the online application. Please apply as soon as possible, as registration will occur on a rolling basis. Depending on the number of applicants, Humanities Texas may have to limit attendance for the online program.

The application will close at 5:00 p.m. CT on the Thursday before the institute.


The institute 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.