Upcoming Institutes

Understanding the Federal Government

On February 19 and 20, 2020, Humanities Texas will hold one-day teacher workshops in Austin and Houston focusing on civics and the American government.

Faculty and curriculum

Content will be aligned with the secondary social studies TEKS, with particular emphasis on the standards for U.S. government. Faculty lectures will address Congress, the presidency, the federal judiciary, and using the resources of the National Archives to teach students about the federal government. 

The workshops will feature close interaction with scholars, the examination of primary sources, and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities. Teachers will receive books and other instructional materials. 

Workshop faculty includes Charles Flanagan (National Archives), Joseph Kobylka (Southern Methodist University), Jeremi Suri (The University of Texas at Austin), and Sean Theriault (The University of Texas at Austin).

Locations and Schedule

Each workshop will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Austin workshop will be held on February 19, 2020, at the Thompson Conference Center on the campus of UT Austin. The Houston workshop will be held on February 20, 2020; the venue is TBD.


The workshops are open to U.S. history and government 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 programs. 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.