Upcoming Institutes

The Progressive Era

On June 17–20, 2019, Humanities Texas will partner with The University of Texas at Austin College of Liberal Arts and the LBJ Presidential Library to hold a professional development institute for Texas teachers covering U.S. history during the Progressive Era.

Dates and Location

The institute will take place at the LBJ Presidential Library on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin from June 17–20, 2019.


The institute curriculum will align with TEKS standards for the state's high school U.S. history curriculum. Topics to be addressed include the presidencies of Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, foreign policy, muckrakers and reformers, the changing relationship of government and business, immigration, women's suffrage, the struggle for health in the early twentieth century, new forms of popular entertainment, African Americans in the Progressive Era, American art during the period, and America and World War I.

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.


Bruce J. Schulman, William E. Huntington Professor of History at Boston University, will deliver the institute’s keynote lecture.

The program faculty also includes Marcia Chatelain (Georgetown University), Jeffrey A. Engel (Southern Methodist University), Stacy Fuller (Amon Carter Museum of American Art), Kimberly Hamlin (Miami University), Joseph F. Kobylka (Southern Methodist University), Max Krochmal (Texas Christian University), David Oshinsky (New York University), Charles Flanagan and Richard Hunt (National Archives), and C. J. Alvarez, H. W. Brands, Janet M. Davis, and Jeremi Suri of The University of Texas at Austin.


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.