Upcoming Institutes

Westward Expansion

In January 2019, Humanities Texas will hold one-day teacher workshops in Dallas and Fort Worth focusing on the westward expansion of the United States in the nineteenth century.

Faculty and curriculum

Content will be aligned with the TEKS. Topics to be addressed include innovations in transportation and communication, Manifest Destiny, the Mexican War, and American Indian resistance. 

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 Juliana Barr (Duke University), Daniel Feller (The University of Tennessee, Knoxville), John L. Larson (Purdue University), and Jennifer L. Weber (University of Kansas).

Locations and schedule

January 30, 2019DallasOld Red Museum of Dallas County History & Culture
January 31, 2019Fort WorthFort Worth Museum of Science and History


The workshops are open to all secondary-level social studies teachers. Priority consideration will be given to early-career teachers in low-performing schools and districts.

Travel and Substitute Reimbursement and CPE Credits

The workshop is 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 hours and may be eligible to receive GT credit, depending on district standards. CPE hours will be adjusted if a teacher 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 program. Please note that Humanities Texas’s maximum reimbursement for total travel expenses is $300, even if the teacher’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 workshop 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.