Upcoming Institutes

Teaching Texas Literature

On February 5 and 6, 2020, Humanities Texas will hold one-day teacher workshops in Austin and San Antonio on teaching critical reading and writing skills, focusing on works from the Texas literary tradition.

Faculty and Curriculum

The workshops will emphasize close interaction with scholars and writers and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities. Faculty will examine works of fiction and poetry by a diverse array of Texas writers including Sandra Cisneros, Katherine Anne Porter, J. Frank Dobie, Juan Seguin, and Molly Ivins. Presentations will also address poetry of the Borderlands, folk genres such as corridos and cowboy songs, as well as significant portrayals of the state in television and film. Strategies and content will align with the secondary-level English and language arts TEKS.

Workshop faculty include Juan Alonzo and Amy Earhart of Texas A&M University, Patricia M. García (The University of Texas at Austin), Andres Lopez (Northside ISD, San Antonio), and 2020 Texas Poet Laureate Emmy Pérez (The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley). 

Locations and Schedule

February 5, 2020AustinThompson Conference Center
February 6, 2020San AntonioEducation Service Center 20


The workshops are open to English and language arts teachers in Texas middle and high schools. Priority consideration will be given to early-career teachers in low-performing schools and districts.

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. 

Travel and Substitute Reimbursement and CPE Credits

The workshops are free to teachers and their schools. Humanities Texas will reimburse schools $80 for a substitute for any teacher who attends. Humanities Texas will not locate or secure substitutes; this remains the responsibility of the schools or districts. Participants will receive CPE credit and a wealth of curricular materials. CPE hours will be adjusted if a participant misses any portion of the program.

Teachers will be reimbursed for approved travel costs up to $300. Eligible expenses include mileage, lodging, air travel, airport parking, and taxi fares. Meals 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.


The workshops are 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.