Upcoming Institutes

Teaching Literature

From July 13–17, 2020, Humanities Texas will hold an online professional development institute for English language arts teachers on teaching literature at the secondary level.

The institute will take place online via Zoom from Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m CT. Each day, a single faculty member will lead a two-hour session that includes a lecture, Q&A, and a seminar on teaching with specific texts. Teachers accepted to the program will be expected to attend all sessions.


The institute will focus on topics and skills central to the state's high school ELA curriculum. Faculty presentations will provide resources and strategies for helping students to become better readers of fiction, poetry, and expository prose. The schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, July 13: Teaching Poetry
  • Tuesday, July 14: Teaching Fiction
  • Wednesday, July 15: Teaching Drama 
  • Thursday, July 16: Teaching Nonfiction 
  • Friday, July 17: Teaching Students to Write about Literature

Like all Humanities Texas teacher programs, the institute will emphasize close interaction with scholars and writers and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities.


The program faculty includes Maryse Jayasuriya (The University of Texas at El Paso), David Kornhaber (The University of Texas at Austin) and Greg Brownderville, Darryl Dickson-Carr, and Marta Krogh of Southern Methodist University.


The institute 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.

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. Depending on the number of applicants, Humanities Texas may have to limit attendance for the online program.

The application will close at 5:00 p.m. CT on the Thursday before the 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.