Several Saginaw, Texas teachers were recently selected to participate in a one-day teacher workshop in Dallas sponsored by Humanities Texas.
Brynn Childers and Perry Daniell, who teach U.S. history at Wayside Middle School, attended the workshop, which offered teachers the opportunity to work closely with leading scholars, studying major aspects of nineteenth-century U.S. history, such as slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction.
The workshop faculty included distinguished scholars from leading universities, such as Michael Les Benedict of The Ohio State University, Albert S. Broussard of Texas A&M University, Daniel Feller of the University of Tennessee and Jennifer L. Weber of the University of Kansas.
During the morning, participants attended dynamic lectures and presentations. In the afternoons, they joined faculty in small workshops to examine primary sources such as historic documents, maps and photographs.
The workshop was held at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. Special emphasis was placed on newly added or revised standards in the state’s U.S. history curriculum.
“Humanities Texas was delighted to include two exceptional teachers from Saginaw in this educational endeavor,” said Executive Director Michael L. Gillette. “Bringing teachers together to learn from leading scholars and from each other is an effective way to ensure that Texas students continue to receive the best possible educational opportunities.”
The workshop was made possible with support from the Sid W. Richardson Foundation, as well as from the State of Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, sponsors programs promoting heritage, culture and education throughout the state.