Upcoming Institutes

Teaching Texas History (Fall 2020 Online Series)

This fall, 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 October 5 through December 7. Participants will receive information about the series as a whole. 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 first half of the state's seventh-grade Texas history curriculum, ranging from Native Americans in Texas to the Texas Revolution.

The schedule is as follows:

  • 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)

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.


The institute is open to Texas 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.


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.