Upcoming Institutes

Teaching Writing at the Secondary Level (2021 Online Institute)

From July 12–16, 2021, Humanities Texas will hold an online professional development institute for English language arts (ELA) teachers on engaging students in the writing process and developing students’ fundamental writing and communication skills through dynamic, project-based assignments.

The institute will take place online via Zoom from Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. CT. Each day, faculty will lead a two-hour session that includes a presentation, Q&A, and a session focused on a teachable text or skills-based assignment. Teachers who register for the program will be expected to attend all sessions.


Content will be aligned with the TEKS. The institute will address such topics as responding to diverse voices and genres, building student engagement through creative writing, teaching research at the secondary level, project-based learning and digital tools, and assessment and effective responses to student writing.

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


Program faculty will be announced shortly.


The online institute is open to secondary-level English language arts (ELA) teachers in Texas schools.

CPE Credits

The institute is free to teachers and their schools. 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.

How to Register

Complete the online application. Please apply as soon as possible, as registration will occur on a rolling basis. Depending on the number of applicants, Humanities Texas may have to limit attendance for the online program.

The application will close at 5:00 p.m. CT on Thursday, July 8.


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.