Upcoming Institutes

Teaching Reconstruction (Spring 2022 Webinars)

In February 2022, Humanities Texas will hold two 75-minute webinars for history teachers on teaching the Reconstruction era.

Schedule and Curriculum

This two-part series will take place via Zoom from 5:00–6:15 p.m. CT on Tuesday, February 8 and February 15. Teachers who register will receive information for each webinar. Attending both sessions is encouraged but not required.

Content will be aligned with the TEKS. The two webinars will offer a nuanced understanding of how Reconstruction reunited a war-torn nation, destroyed chattel slavery, and remade the American state against a backdrop of racial terrorism and radical economic upheaval. These webinars will explore how teachers can turn cutting-edge historical research into classroom-ready pedagogy. Particular emphasis will be placed on key questions, terms, and primary sources to share with students. 

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

Spring 2022 Webinar Schedule:

  • February 8: Introducing Reconstruction, Ben Wright (University of North Texas)
  • February 15: Teaching Reconstruction with Primary Documents, Ben Wright (University of North Texas) 


The institute is open to secondary-level social studies teachers in Texas schools. 

Cost, Attendance, and 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 Reconstruction" webinars. By submitting an application, you are signing up to receive information about and access to both webinars. Please apply as soon as possible, as registration will occur on a rolling basis.


The online series 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.