Upcoming Institutes

Texas as a Borderland, 1820–1835

From July 6–10, 2020, Humanities Texas will hold an online professional development institute for Texas teachers covering Texas history during the 1820s and early 1830s.

The institute will take place online via Zoom from Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m–12:00 p.m. CT. Each day, a single faculty member will lead a two-hour session that includes a lecture, Q&A, and a seminar on teaching with primary sources. Teachers accepted to the program will be expected to attend all sessions.


Content will be aligned with the TEKS. The institute will emphasize the perspectives of different groups—American Indians, Tejanos, Mexicans outside of Texas, and Anglo-Americans—on the developments in Texas during this era. The schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, July 6: American Indians in Texas
  • Tuesday, July 7: Tejanos in Texas
  • Wednesday, July 8: Mexico and Texas
  • Thursday, July 9: Anglo-Americans and Texas
  • Friday, July 10: The Road to Revolution

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


The program faculty includes Gregg Cantrell (Texas Christian University), Jesús F. de la Teja (former Texas State Historian), Will Fowler (University of St Andrews), and F. Todd Smith and Andrew Torget, both of the University of North Texas.


The institute is open to secondary-level Texas and U.S. history teachers in Texas schools. Priority consideration will be given to early-career teachers in low-performing schools and districts.

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 Apply

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 the Thursday before the institute.


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.