Upcoming Institutes

Teaching Edgar Allan Poe (2023 In-Person Workshop)

On October 20, 2023, Humanities Texas will hold a one-day workshop in Houston for English language arts (ELA) teachers on strategies for teaching the work of Edgar Allan Poe.

Date and Location

The workshop will take place at the Kingdom Builders' Center in Houston on October 20, 2023.

Faculty and Curriculum

The workshop will provide multiple approaches for generating student interest in and understanding of the varied works of Edgar Allan Poe. Presentations will focus on Poe's poetry and tales, consider his legacy and influence, and highlight the most important takeaways for the secondary-level classroom. Strategies and content will align with the secondary-level English language arts TEKS.

Like all Humanities Texas teacher programs, the workshop will emphasize close interaction with scholars and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities. Teachers will receive books and other instructional materials.

The program faculty will include J. Gerald Kennedy (Louisiana State University),  Coleman Hutchison (The University of Texas at Austin), Robert T. Tally (Texas State University), and Cindy Weinstein (California Institute of Technology). 


The workshop 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.

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.

Travel and Substitute Reimbursement and CPE Credit

The workshop is free to teachers and their schools. Humanities Texas will reimburse schools up to $200 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 traveling from out-of-town to attend the workshop 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.


The workshops are 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.