Upcoming Institutes

Teaching and Understanding Poetry

On February 27 and 28, 2019, Humanities Texas will hold one-day workshops in Austin and San Antonio on strategies for teaching and understanding poetry.

Faculty and curriculum

The workshop will emphasize close interaction with scholars and writers and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities. Strategies and content will align with the secondary-level English and language arts TEKS.

Workshop faculty includes Naomi Shihab Nye, Betty Sue Flowers, Coleman Hutchison (The University of Texas at Austin), Frances Treviño Santos (Travis Early College High School, and Joseph Ortiz and Brian Yothers of The University of Texas at El Paso.

Date and Location

The Austin workshop will take place on February 27, 2019, at the Thompson Conference Center on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin. The San Antonio workshop will take place at City Education Partners on February 28, 2019.


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

Travel and Substitute Reimbursement and CPE Credits

The workshop is free to teachers and their schools. Humanities Texas will reimburse schools $80 for a substitute for any teacher who attends. Humanities Texas will not locate or secure substitutes; this remains the responsibility of the schools or districts. 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.

Teachers will be reimbursed for approved travel costs up to $300. Eligible expenses include mileage, lodging, air travel, airport parking, and taxi fares. Meals 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 workshops are made possible with major funding from the State of Texas, with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The San Antonio workshop is also supported by the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation.

Questions about Teacher Institutes

Call 512.440.1991 or email institutes@humanitiestexas.org.