Upcoming Institutes

The Making of Mexican Texas, 1820–1830 (Fall 2022 Webinar Series)

In the fall of 2022, Humanities Texas will hold a series of 90-minute webinars for Texas history teachers on the profound changes that remade Texas during the collapse of the Spanish Empire and the creation of the Mexican nation.


The series will take place via Zoom from 5–6:30 p.m. CT on the following Mondays: September 26, October 3, and October 10. Teachers who register will receive information for each webinar in the series. Attendance for every weekly session is encouraged but not required.

Content will be aligned with the TEKS. This webinar series will offer teachers insight into the profound changes that remade Texas during the collapse of the Spanish Empire and the creation of the Mexican nation. Team-taught by a historian and two master teachers (Andrew Torget, the University of North Texas; Jay Ferguson, Round Rock ISD; and Michelle Phillips, College Station ISD), the sessions will provide a collection of curriculum materials geared toward bringing innovative perspectives into the classroom.

Like all Humanities Texas teacher programs, the webinar series will be content-based and teacher-centered, with an emphasis on teaching with primary sources and developing effective pedagogical strategies. Teachers attending this webinar series will walk away with expanded understanding of Texas during the 1820–1830 era and curated primary source lessons that are classroom-ready.

Fall 2022 Webinar Schedule

  • September 26—The Collapse of Spain in Texas: This session will frame what Texas had become by 1820, in the twilight of the Spanish empire, when the region was controlled by Apaches and Comanches, highlighting the perspective of Tejanos and explaining why Spaniards in Texas finally approved Moses Austin's proposal to bring Americans into Texas.
  • October 3—The Making of Mexican Texas, 1821–1824: This session will explore the beginnings of the Austin colony, how Tejanos in San Antonio worked with Anglos in Texas, and why the creation of Mexico as a new nation presented both an opportunity and a challenge for those living in Texas.
  • October 10—Conflicts Between Texas and Mexico, 1825–1830: This session will explore how the explosion of American colonization increased conflict between those living in Texas (Anglos and Tejanos) with both state and national governments in Mexico, detailing the growing struggle between federalism and centralism in Mexico that finally produced the infamous Law of April 6, 1830.


The institute is open to secondary-level social studies teachers in Texas schools.

Cost, Attendance, and CPE Credits

The online program is free to teachers and their schools. Participants will receive CPE credit and a wealth of curricular materials for each session in the series. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to attend every weekly session. CPE hours will be based on Zoom attendance and adjusted if a participant misses any portion of the program. In order to attend the webinars and receive CPE credit, you must be a registered participant.

How to Apply

Complete the online application for the "The Making of Mexican Texas, 1820–1830" online series. By submitting an application, you are signing up to receive information about and access to each weekly session of this series. Please apply as soon as possible, as registration will occur on a rolling basis.


The online 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.