Upcoming Institutes

Teaching America's Founding Documents (Fall 2021 Online Series)

In the fall of 2021, Humanities Texas will hold a series of 75-minute webinars for history and government teachers on teaching America's founding documents.

Schedule and Curriculum

The series will take place via Zoom from 5:00–6:15 p.m. CT on Wednesdays from September 15 through October 13, 2021. Teachers who register will receive information for each webinar in the series. Attendance for every weekly session is encouraged but not required.

Content will be aligned with the TEKS. Each webinar in the series will cover a document instrumental to the founding of the United States, focusing on both the context of the document—how it came to be and its significance—as well as its actual contents and the most important takeaways for middle and high school students.

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.

Fall 2021 Webinar Schedule:

  • September 15: The Declaration of Independence, Denver Brunsman
    (George Washington University)
  • September 22: The Articles of Confederation, Woody Holton
    (University of South Carolina)
  • September 29: The Constitution, Lorri Glover (Saint Louis University)
  • October 6: The Bill of Rights, Kate Brown (Western Kentucky University)
  • October 13: Washington's Farewell Address, Lindsay Chervinsky (Center for Presidential History, Southern Methodist University)


The institute is open to secondary-level social studies 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 "Teaching America's Founding Documents" 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.