Houston Endowment Inc. has awarded Humanities Texas $28,000 to support the participation of Houston-area teachers in The U.S. Constitution and American History, a pair of summer teacher institutes sponsored by Humanities Texas, the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum.
The institutes will be held at the LBJ Library in Austin (June 4–7) and at UTSA's main campus in San Antonio (June 14–17).
Houston Endowment Inc., a philanthropy endowed by Mr. and Mrs. Jesse H. Jones, is a private foundation that aims to "improve life for the people of the greater Houston area through its contributions to charitable organizations and educational institutions," according to the organization's mission statement.
With the Endowment's support, at least sixteen Houston-area teachers will join colleagues from across the state in either Austin or San Antonio. Participants will spend three and a half days working with leading scholars on a topic at the heart of the state's secondary humanities curriculum—the development of the U.S. Constitution over the course of U.S. history.
"We deeply appreciate the Houston Endowment's generous participation in this significant educational endeavor," said Michael L. Gillette, executive director of Humanities Texas.
The U.S. Constitution and American History is also supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities We the People initiative.