Upcoming Institutes

Texas: From Republic to Mega-State

On June 24–27, 2019, Humanities Texas will partner with The University of Texas at San Antonio to hold a professional development institute for Texas teachers covering Texas history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Dates and Location

The institute will take place at City Education Partners, the Witte Museum, and on the campus of The University of Texas at San Antonio from June 24–27, 2019.


The institute curriculum will align with TEKS standards for the state's Texas history curriculum. Topics to be covered include the Republic and early statehood periods, Mexican Americans and Native Americans in nineteenth-century Texas, Texans in the Civil War, cattle and railroads, the Populist and Progressive Movements, women's suffrage, efforts to secure civil rights for African American and Latinx Texans in the twentieth century, LBJ's Texas, the state's oil industry, and the rise of two-party Texas. Participants will also have the opportunity to tour the exhibition The Art of Texas: 250 Years and attend a lecture by exhibition curator Ron Tyler.

Like all Humanities Texas teacher programs, the institute will emphasize close interaction with scholars, the examination of primary sources, and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities.


Distinguished author Stephen Harrigan, whose forthcoming history of Texas will be published by The University of Texas Press, will deliver the institute's keynote lecture. The program faculty also includes Alwyn Barr (Texas Tech University), Juliana Barr (Duke University), Jessica Brannon-Wranosky (Texas A&M University-Commerce), Carolina Castillo Crimm (Sam Houston State University), Sean Cunningham (Texas Tech University), Michael L. Gillette (Humanities Texas), Gabriela González (The University of Texas at San Antonio), Max Krochmal (Texas Christian University), Deborah Liles (Tarleton State University), Joseph Pratt (University of Houston), Andrew J. Torget (University of North Texas), Ron Tyler, and Susannah J. Ural (The University of Southern Mississippi).


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

Stipend, Travel Reimbursement, and CPE Credits

The institutes are free to teachers and their schools. Participants will receive a $200 stipend, as well as CPE credit and a wealth of curricular materials. Stipends and CPE hours will be adjusted if a participant misses any portion of the program.

On-campus housing is available to out-of-town teachers at no cost. Teachers traveling to the institute from out of town will be reimbursed for approved travel costs up to $300. Eligible expenses include use of a personal automobile, air travel, airport parking, and taxi fares. Meals and lodging 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.

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.


The institute is made possible with major funding from the State of Texas and the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation, with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Questions about Teacher Institutes

Call 512.440.1991 or email institutes@humanitiestexas.org.