Upcoming Institute

Teaching Evidence-Based Reading Practices at the Secondary Level (2024 In-Person Workshop)

From June 20-21, 2024, in partnership with the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk at The University of Texas at Austin, Humanities Texas will hold a two-day workshop in Houston for social studies and English language arts (ELA) teachers on teaching reading at the sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade levels.

Date and Location

The workshop will take place at the KBC Houston from June 20–21, 2024.

Faculty and Curriculum

Content will be aligned with the TEKS. Sessions will include interactive presentations on research-based approaches to teaching reading and content-area literacy with an emphasis on social studies texts. Faculty presentations will focus on developing students’ word study, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.

Like all Humanities Texas teacher programs, the two-day workshop will be teacher-centered, with an emphasis on developing effective pedagogical strategies.

Jennifer Schnakenberg (The University of Texas at Austin) and Diane Haager (California State University, Los Angeles) will lead the two-day workshop.


The workshop is open to social studies and English language arts (ELA) teachers at the sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade levels in Texas schools. Priority consideration will be given to early-career teachers in low-performing schools and districts.

Stipend, Travel Reimbursement, and CPE Credit

The workshop is free to teachers and their schools. Participants will receive a $250 stipend, CPE credit, and a wealth of curricular materials. Stipends and CPE hours will be adjusted if a participant misses any portion of the program.

Teachers traveling to the workshop from out of town will be reimbursed for approved travel costs up to $500. Eligible expenses include use of a personal automobile, 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, including lodging reservations. Please note that Humanities Texas’s maximum reimbursement for total travel expenses for this two-day workshop is $500, even if the participant’s actual expenses exceed $500.

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.Sponsors


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.