Upcoming Institutes

Primary Source Pedagogy with the National Archives (Summer 2023 Webinar Series)

In the summer of 2023, Humanities Texas will partner with the National Archives and Records Administration and the National Archives Foundation to hold a webinar series on primary source pedagogy for U.S. history teachers in Texas.

The institute will take place online via Zoom from 9:00–11:00 a.m. CT on June 27, July 11, and July 25. Depending on the number of applications received, a second session might be added in the afternoon on the same days.


The webinar series is an online professional development program for educators new to teaching or new to teaching with primary sources. This program will focus on student-centered pedagogy to promote the integration of primary sources into classroom instruction.

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.

Functioning as a learning community, the selected cohort of teachers will meet for three sessions this summer, submitting required assignments and activities in between. Educators who successfully complete the program requirements will earn ten hours of CPE credit, a digital badge, and a $400 stipend.

The schedule for the online series is as follows:

  • Session 1: Tuesday, June 27, 9:00-11:00 a.m. CT: What is a primary source? What tools are available to begin the analysis process?
  • Session 2: Tuesday, July 11, 9:00–11:00 a.m. CT: What tools are available to adapt primary sources to meet the needs of my students?
  • Session 3: Tuesday, July 25, 9:00–11:00 a.m. CT: How can I teach with more than one primary source to improve student understanding of a content topic?


The program will be led by Charles Flanagan, outreach supervisor at the Center for Legislative Archives at the National Archives and Records Administration, and Valerie McVey, director of programs at the National Archives Foundation.


The webinar series 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. Teachers who participated in the Primary Source Pedagogy series in the fall of 2022 are eligible to apply, but priority consideration will be given to new applicants.

Stipend and CPE Credit

The webinars are free to teachers and their schools. Participants will receive ten hours of CPE credit and a wealth of curricular materials. CPE credits and stipend will be adjusted if a participant misses any portion of the webinar series.

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.

Questions about Teacher Institutes

Call 512.440.1991 or email institutes@humanitiestexas.org.