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 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 writing-focused ELAR TEKS. The training provided by the institute will be applicable to teachers—both ELA and social studies—who include a substantial writing component in their classes. The schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, July 12: Addressing the Challenges of Student Writing and Including Diverse Voices and Genres
  • Tuesday, July 13: Building Student Engagement through Creative Writing
  • Wednesday, July 14: Technology and Writing
  • Thursday, July 15: Project-Based Learning
  • Friday, July 16: Understanding Students as Writers: A Developmental Approach

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


The program faculty includes Amy Earhart (Texas A&M University), Marcela Fuentes (Texas A&M University), Amanda Licastro (University of Pennsylvania), and Susan Schorn (The University of Texas at Austin). 


The online institute is open to secondary-level English language arts (ELA) and social studies 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.