Upcoming Institutes

Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird

On October 29, 2019, Humanities Texas will hold a one-day teacher workshop in Houston focusing on teaching Harper Lee's classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird as well as other writings from the civil rights movement.

Faculty and curriculum

Content will be aligned with the TEKS. Topics to be addressed include Harper Lee's inspirations for, and composition of, To Kill a Mockingbird; important contexts for understanding the novel; contemporaneous writings from the civil rights movement; and effective strategies for teaching the novel at the secondary level.

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

Workshop faculty includes Thomas DiPiero (Southern Methodist University), Aram Goudsouzian (University of Memphis), Coleman Hutchison (The University of Texas at Austin), and Shirelene Bridgewater, former high school ELA teacher and recipient of a Humanities Texas Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award.

Location and Schedule

The workshop will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens.


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.