Upcoming Institutes

Teaching with Documents from the National Archives (2021 Online Institute)

From June 28–July 2 and again from July 19–23, 2021, Humanities Texas will partner with the Center for Legislative Archives at the National Archives and Records Administration to hold two online professional development institutes for Texas teachers focused on using primary documents in the U.S. history classroom.


The interactive institute, which will take place over Zoom from 9:00–11:30 a.m. CT each day, will feature five webinars that will immerse participants in using primary source-based educational resources designed to engage students in active, hands-on learning about important topics in civics and history. The webinars will cover the following topics:

  • Active-learning techniques for teaching about the legislative process and the
    role of Congress
  • Teaching the history of U.S. foreign policy with political cartoons
  • Teaching about the New Deal and the Great Society with primary sources
  • Teaching the history of women’s engagement in politics with petitions to
    Congress, 1830–1971
  • Teaching about the history of racial discrimination and civil rights from Reconstruction to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 with primary sources

Like all Humanities Texas teacher programs, the institute will be content-based and teacher-centered, with an emphasis on teaching with primary sources and developing effective pedagogical strategies.

Each session will model best practices in pedagogy. Participants should be prepared to engage in small-group problem-solving activities for each of the topics and discussions about using resources in the classroom.


Charles Flanagan from the Center for Legislative Archives at the National Archives and Records Administration, a long-time presenter at Humanities Texas teacher institutes, will lead the sessions. He will be assisted by a team of veteran educators from the staff of the National Archives and the Foundation for the National Archives.


The institute is open to secondary-level U.S. history 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.

Unlike our other online institutes, attendance will be capped for each of these programs due to the interactive nature of the sessions. Teachers selected to attend will be notified in advanced and required to confirm their participation. Teachers will be expected to attend each webinar in the week-long 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.