Upcoming Institutes

Teaching Media Literacy (Fall 2021 Online Series)

In the fall of 2021, Humanities Texas will hold a series of 75-minute webinars for social studies and English language arts teachers on teaching media literacy. 

Schedule and Curriculum

The series will take place via Zoom from 5:00–6:15 p.m. CT on Thursdays from October 28 through December 2, 2021 (excluding November 25). Teachers who register will receive information for each webinar in the series. Attendance for every weekly session is encouraged but not required.

Content will be aligned with the TEKS. Each webinar in the series will provide resources and strategies to help middle and high school students become informed citizens and critical consumers of news in multiple media.

Like all Humanities Texas teacher programs, the webinar series will be content-based and teacher-centered, with an emphasis on developing effective pedagogical strategies.

Fall 2021 Webinar Schedule:

  • October 28: “It’s News to Me”: Young Adolescents’ Perspectives on Journalism, Megan Fromm (University of Maryland)
  • November 4: “Fake News” in U.S. History, Susanna Lee and Meghan Manfra (North Carolina State University)
  • November 11: Teaching Students to Become Expert Readers of the News, Susanna Lee and Meghan Manfra (North Carolina State University)
  • November 18: More Than “The News That’s Fit to Print”: Video and Visual Media, Kirsten Ostherr (Rice University)  
  • December 2: Teaching Strategies, Assignments, and Classroom Activities, Gwynne Ash (Texas State University)


The institute is open to secondary-level social studies and English language arts teachers in Texas schools. Priority consideration will be given to early-career teachers and teachers in low-performing and disadvantaged schools and districts.

CPE Credits

The online program is free to teachers and their schools. Participants will receive CPE credit and a wealth of curricular materials for each session in the series. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to attend every weekly session. CPE hours will be based on Zoom attendance and adjusted if a participant misses any portion of the program. In order to attend the webinars and receive CPE credit, you must be a registered participant.

How to Apply

Complete the online application for the "Teaching Media Literacy" online series. By submitting an application, you are signing up to receive information about and access to each weekly session of this series. Please apply as soon as possible, as registration will occur on a rolling basis.


This online series is made possible with funding from the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” initiative, sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Federation of State Humanities Councils. Additional support is provided by the State of Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Questions about Teacher Institutes

Call 512.440.1991 or email institutes@humanitiestexas.org.