Upcoming Institutes

Mexican Texas and the Road to the Revolution, 1825–1835 (2023 In-Person Workshop)

On November 8, 2023, Humanities Texas will hold a one-day workshop in Fort Worth focusing on Mexican Texas during the crucial period of 1825 to 1835 that led to the Texas Revolution.

Date and Location

The workshop will take place in Fort Worth at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History on November 8, 2023.

Faculty and Curriculum

Content will align with the TEKS, focusing on Mexican Texas from 1825–1835. During this time period, Texas underwent a transformative shift, as competing interests from the United States, Mexico City, and within Texas itself destabilized the territory and sent it spiraling toward rebellion. To help teachers better understand that shift, this workshop will explore how four different groups—people in the United States, people in Mexico City, Mexicans living in Texas, and Americans living in Texas—each understood the evolving situation in Texas differently.

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

The program faculty includes Gregg Cantrell (Texas Christian University), Jesús F. de la Teja (former Texas State historian), Sam Haynes (UT Arlington), and Andrew Torget (University of North Texas).


The workshop is open to secondary-level social studies teachers in Texas 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 Credit

The workshop is free to teachers and their schools. Humanities Texas will reimburse schools up to $200 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 traveling from out-of-town to attend the workshop 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.