Upcoming Institutes

Teaching the American Literary Tradition

From July 6–10, 2020, Humanities Texas will hold an online professional development institute for English language arts teachers focused on the American literary tradition.

The institute will take place online via Zoom from Monday through Friday. Each day, a single faculty member will lead a two-hour session that includes a lecture, Q&A, and a seminar on teaching with specific texts. Teachers accepted to the program will be expected to attend all sessions.


The institute will focus on topics and skills central to the state's high school ELA curriculum. Faculty presentations will provide approaches to reading and understanding central authors, texts, and eras from our nation's divers literary tradition. The schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, July 6, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. CT:
    Teaching American Literature
  • Tuesday, July 7, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. CT:
    Connecting Students to Nineteenth-Century Literature
  • Wednesday, July 8, 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. CT:
    American Literature of the 1920s
  • Thursday, July 9, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. CT:
    Teaching Texas Literature
  • Friday, July 10, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. CT:
    Teaching Mexican American Literature

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


The program faculty includes James H. Cox (The University of Texas at Austin), Amy Earhart (Texas A&M University), Andres Lopez (Northside Independant School District), Sarah Ruffing Robbins (Texas Christian University), and Michael Soto and Claudia Stokes, both of Trinity University.


The institute is open to secondary-level English language arts teachers in Texas schools. Priority consideration will be given to early-career teachers in low-performing schools and districts.

CPE Credits

The institute is free to teachers and their schools. 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.

How to Apply

Complete the online application. Please apply as soon as possible, as registration will occur on a rolling basis. Depending on the number of applicants, Humanities Texas may have to limit attendance for the online program.

The application will close at 5:00 p.m. CT on the Thursday before the institute.


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.