Upcoming Institutes

The New American Republic: From Washington to Madison

On June 10–13, 2019, Humanities Texas will partner with Texas Christian University to hold a professional development institute in Fort Worth for Texas teachers covering U.S. history during the Early Republic Era.

Dates and Location

The institute will take place in Fort Worth on the campus of Texas Christian University from June 10–13, 2019.


The institute curriculum will align with TEKS standards for the state's middle and high school U.S. history curriculum. Topics to be addressed include the presidencies of George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison, the first U.S. Congress, Alexander Hamilton and the American economy, foreign policy and national defense, American women in the early nineteenth century, the Marshall Court, Native Americans in the expanding nation, slavery in the Early Republic, and the War of 1812.

Like all Humanities Texas teacher programs, the institute will emphasize close interaction with scholars, the examination of primary sources, and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities.


Gordon S. Wood, Alva O. Way University Professor and Professor of History Emeritus at Brown University, and the recipient of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for History, will deliver the institute’s keynote lecture.

The program faculty also includes Juliana Barr (Duke University), Carol Berkin (City University of New York), Daina Ramey Berry (The University Of Texas at Austin), John B. Boles (Rice University), Denver Brunsman (George Washington University), Charles Flanagan (National Archives), Lorri Glover (Saint Louis University), Joseph F. Kobylka (Southern Methodist University), and Gene Allen Smith and Kenneth Stevens of Texas Christian 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.

Stipend, Travel Reimbursement, and CPE Credits

The institutes are free to teachers and their schools. Participants will receive a $200 stipend, as well as CPE credit and a wealth of curricular materials. Stipends and CPE hours will be adjusted if a participant misses any portion of the program.

On-campus housing is available to out-of-town teachers at no cost. Teachers traveling to the institute from out of town will be reimbursed for approved travel costs up to $300. Eligible expenses include use of a personal automobile, air travel, airport parking, and taxi fares. Meals and lodging 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 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.