Upcoming Institutes

Teaching Shakespeare

On June 17–20, 2019, Humanities Texas will partner with Rice University to hold a professional development institute for Texas teachers on teaching the works of William Shakespeare at the secondary level.

Dates and Location

The institute will take place in Houston on the campus of Rice University from June 17–20, 2019.


The institute curriculum will align with TEKS standards for the state's high school ELA curriculum. Faculty presentations will cover Shakespeare’s world, works, and the sources he drew upon in his writing; approaches to teaching the major tragedies, comedies, and sonnets; and intersections between Shakespeare and Latinx drama. The institute will also include presentations on developing engaging writing assignments that emerge from the study of Shakespeare’s works. Peggy O’Brien, director of education at the Folger Shakespeare Library, will train participants in performance-based teaching strategies.


J. Dennis Huston, Gladys Louise Fox Professor Emeritus of English at Rice University, will deliver the institute’s keynote lecture. The program faculty also includes Ariane Balizet (Southern Methodist University), Ann Christensen (University of Houston), Ruben Espinosa (The University of Texas at El Paso), Patricia M. Gárcia (The University of Texas at Austin), Katherine A. Gillen (Texas A&M University-San Antonio), Catherine Loomis (Rochester Institute of Technology), Peggy O’Brien (Folger Shakespeare Library), Joseph Ortiz (The University of Texas at El Paso), Kathryn Vomero Santos (Trinity University), and Laura Turchi (University of Houston).


The institute is open to secondary-level ELA teachers in Texas schools. Priority consideration will be given to early-career teachers in low-performing schools and districts.

Stipend, Travel Reimbursement, and CPE Credits

The institutes are free to teachers and their schools. Participants will receive a $200 stipend, as well as CPE credit and a wealth of curricular materials. Stipends and CPE hours will be adjusted if a participant misses any portion of the program.

On-campus housing is available to out-of-town teachers at no cost. Teachers traveling to the institute from out of town will be reimbursed for approved travel costs up to $300. Eligible expenses include use of a personal automobile, air travel, airport parking, and taxi fares. Meals and lodging 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 participant’s actual expenses exceed $300.

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.


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.