Upcoming Institutes

Teaching The Great Gatsby

This workshop has been postponed due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We hope to reschedule it for July or August. Please subscribe to our e-newsletter and/or social media channels for updates.

On March 31, 2020, Humanities Texas will hold a one-day teacher workshop in Dallas focusing on teaching F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby as well as Fitzgerald's short fiction and film adaptations of his work.

Faculty and curriculum

Content will be aligned with the TEKS. Faculty presentations will examine Fitzgerald's narrative strategy in the novel, Fitzgerald in the broader context of the Jazz Age, understanding and teaching Fitzgerald's short fiction, and using film adaptations of Gatsby to engage students in the secondary classroom.

The workshop will feature close interaction with scholars and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities. Teachers will receive books and other instructional materials.

Workshop faculty includes Greg Barnhisel (Duquesne University), Donna Kornhaber (The University of Texas at Austin), Jennifer Nolan (North Carolina State University), and Peter Turchi (University of Houston).

Location and schedule

The workshop will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m at the Communities Foundation of Texas.


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.

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.

Substitute and travel reimbursements 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 hours and may be eligible to receive GT credit, depending on district standards. CPE hours will be adjusted if a teacher 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 teacher’s actual expenses exceed $300.


The workshop 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.