Upcoming Institutes

Landmark Supreme Court Cases

In February 2019, Humanities Texas will hold one-day teacher workshops in Austin and Houston focusing on landmark Supreme Court cases.

Faculty and curriculum

The workshop will focus on milestone cases in Supreme Court history related to civil liberties, civil rights, defining federal power, and criminal procedure. Content will be aligned with the secondary social studies TEKS, with particular emphasis on the standards for U.S. government and history.

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 Michael Les Benedict (The Ohio State University), Eric K. Klein (attorney and former public defender, Colorado), Joseph F. Kobylka (Southern Methodist University), and Cullen Macbeth (federal public defender, Maryland).

Locations and schedule

February 5, 2019AustinByrne-Reed House
February 7, 2019HoustonBayou Bend Collection and Gardens


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

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.

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.


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.