Upcoming Institutes

Teaching and Understanding Literature
(Fall 2020 Online Series)

This fall, Humanities Texas will hold a weekly series of 75-minute online webinars for English language arts teachers, providing resources and strategies that help students to become better readers of fiction, poetry, and expository prose. The program will also include presentations on  understanding students as writers, teaching the critical reading skills necessary for success at the post-secondary level, and developing engaging assignments that further students' engagement with literature.

Schedule and Curriculum

The eight-part series will take place via Zoom from 5:00–6:15 p.m. CT on Tuesdays from October 6 through December 8. 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 schedule is as follows:

  • October 6: Teaching Close Reading and Analysis with the Close Reading Interpretive Tool, Cole Hutchison (UT Austin)
  • October 13: Understanding Students as Writers, Susan Schorn (UT Austin)
  • October 20: Author's Purpose and Craft: Langston Hughes, Regina Mills (Texas A&M University)
  • October 27: Teaching and Understanding Poetry, Betty Sue Flowers (UT Austin)
  • November 10: Author's Purpose and Craft: Frederick Douglass, Robert S. Levine (University of Maryland)
  • November 17: Teaching and Understanding Poetry, Emmy Pérez (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley)
  • December 1: Author's Purpose and Craft: Sandra Cisneros, Patricia M. García (UT Austin)
  • December 8: Developing Engaging Writing Assignments, Amy Earhart (Texas A&M University)


The institute is open to secondary-level English language arts 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 and Understanding Literature" 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.