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Calhoun County teachers attend summer institutes

July 13, 2012 at 2:13 a.m.


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Three Calhoun County school district teachers recently attended a summer teacher institute sponsored by Humanities Texas, Southern Methodist University, the University of Houston and The University of Texas at San Antonio.

Daniel Smith, who teaches U.S. history at Calhoun High School, attended "The Making of Modern America" at SMU in Dallas.

Erin Muil, who teaches U.S. history at Calhoun High School, attended "The Making of Modern America" on the UH campus in Houston.

Rhonda Hawes, who teaches U.S. history at Travis Middle School, attended "Shaping the American Republic to 1877" on the UTSA campus.

"I attended this institute to expand my knowledge to help me become more effective in the classroom," Hawes said.

Nearly 200 Texas teachers participated in the four summer institutes Humanities Texas held at major Texas universities in June. The University of Texas at Brownsville hosted the fourth institute. Teachers at each program attended four days of lectures and small-group workshops.

Institute faculty members included Pulitzer Prize-winning historians Gordon S. Wood, of Brown University, David Oshinsky, of UT Austin, and Jack Rakove of Stanford University. Pulitzer Prize nominee H. W. Brands and many other scholars from leading universities across the state and nation also attended.

Educational specialists from the National Archives, the Amon Carter Museum and other cultural institutions also served on the institute faculty.

"Humanities Texas was pleased to co-sponsor 'The Making of Modern America' and 'Shaping the American Republic to 1877'" said Executive Director Michael L. Gillette. "Giving talented teachers the opportunity to interact with their peers and leading scholars will enable them to engage students with exciting new perspectives of our nation's history."

"The Making of Modern America" and "Shaping the American Republic to 1877" were made possible with funding from the state as well as from the National Endowment for the Humanities We the People initiative. The Sid W. Richardson Foundation and the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation provided additional support.

Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, sponsors programs promoting heritage, culture and education throughout the state.

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