Upcoming Institutes

Shaping the American Republic (Fall 2020 Online Series)

This fall, Humanities Texas will hold a weekly series of 75-minute online webinars for eighth-grade U.S. history teachers, covering topics in early U.S. history from the Articles of Confederation through the early Republic.

Schedule and Curriculum

The eight-part series will take place via Zoom from 5:00–6:15 p.m. CT on Wednesdays from October 7 through December 9, 2020. Participants will receive information about the series as a whole. Attendance for every weekly session is encouraged but not required.

Content will be aligned with the TEKS. The webinar series will address critical topics in the eighth-grade social studies curriculum from the Articles of Confederation through the ratification of the U.S. Constitution and the early Republic.

The schedule is as follows:

  • October 7: Articles of Confederation, Denver Brunsman (George Washington University)
  • October 14: The Constitutional Convention, Lorri Glover (Saint Louis University)
  • October 21: The Bill of Rights, Charles Flanagan (National Archives)
  • October 28: Defining Early American Citizenship, Christopher Bonner (University of Maryland)
  • November 11: George Washington's Presidency, Lindsay M. Chervinsky (Institute for Thomas Paine Studies)
  • November 18: Native Americans in the Early American Republic, Juliana Barr (Duke University)
  • December 2: The Marshall Court, Joseph F. Koyblka (Southern Methodist University)
  • December 9: Foreign Relations in the Early American Republic, Caitlin Fitz (Northwestern University)

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.


The institute is open to secondary-level U.S. history teachers in Texas schools. Priority consideration will be given to early-career teachers and teachers in low-performing and disadvantaged schools and districts.

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 "Shaping the American Republic" 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 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.