Upcoming Institutes

Teaching Texas History (2020–2021 Online Series)

In the spring of 2021, Humanities Texas will hold a weekly series of 75-minute online webinars for Texas history teachers.

Schedule and Curriculum

The eight-part series will take place via Zoom from 5:00–6:15 p.m. CT on Mondays from
February 1 through April 5, 2021. Participants will receive information about each webinar in the series. Attendance for every weekly session is encouraged but not required.

Content will be aligned with the TEKS. The webinar series will address critical topics in the second half of the state's seventh-grade Texas history curriculum, ranging from annexation and slavery to the age of oil and the Progressive Era.

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

Spring 2021 Webinar Schedule:

  • February 1: Annexation and Slavery, Andrew Torget (University of North Texas)
  • February 8: Road to the Civil War, Alice Baumgartner (University of Southern California)
  • February 15: The Civil War, Susannah J. Ural (University of Southern Mississippi)
  • February 22: Reconstruction, Ben Wright (The University of Texas at Dallas)
  • March 1: Understanding and Teaching the Red River War, Daniel J. Gelo (The University of Texas at San Antonio)
  • March 22: Cotton and Populists, Gregg Cantrell (Texas Christian University)
  • March 29: Cattle and Railroads, Deborah M. Liles (Tarleton State University)
  • April 5: The Age of Oil and the Early Twentieth Century, Jessica Brannon-Wranosky (Texas A&M University-Commerce)

Fall 2020 Webinar Schedule:

  • October 5: Native Americans to 1693, F. Todd Smith (University of North Texas)
  • October 12: Native Americans, 1716–1800, Juliana Barr (Duke University)
  • October 19: Spain in Texas, 1716–1800, Jesús F. de la Teja (former Texas State Historian)
  • October 26: Collapse of Spanish Texas, 1800–1820, Andrew Torget (University of North Texas)
  • November 9: Tejanos and Mexican Texas, Andrés Tijerina (Austin Community College)
  • November 16: Anglos and Colonization, Gregg Cantrell (Texas Christian University)
  • November 30: Road to Rebellion, 1830–1835, Linda English (The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley)
  • December 7: Connecting the Pieces for Students, Andrew Torget (University of North Texas)


The institute is open to secondary-level U.S. history 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 Texas History" 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.

If you already registered for and participated in the series in the fall of 2020, you do not need to reapply. You'll automatically receive emails for the spring sessions.


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.