Humanities Institute

Texas Teachers as Scholars

When we support all of our teachers as passionate lifetime learners we support the foundation of excellent education for our children. As part of a nationwide initiative of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation to energize and validate K-12 teachers as intellectuals and keep them connected to cutting edge scholarship in the humanities and sciences, the Humanities Institute established the Texas Teachers As Scholars program (TAS) in 2001. Since that time, Texas Teachers as Scholars has established itself as one of the largest and longest-running such teacher development programs in the country.

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A unique professional development opportunity and teacher renewal and retention resource, Texas Teachers As Scholars is founded on the principle that the most important factor in quality education for students at all levels is a confident, energized, knowledgeable, and creative classroom teacher. Treating teachers as thinking adults whose own continuing opportunity to learn is critical to both their teaching effectiveness and their professional and personal satisfaction, Texas Teachers as Scholars provides K-12 teachers throughout Central Texas with content-rich seminars, spanning a wide range of topics and themes, designed and led by the University's most distinguished and dynamic faculty.

In each seminar twelve to fifteen teachers come together for two school days on the University campus to expand their knowledge, share their ideas, meet and learn from fellow teacher-scholars throughout the region, and apply their new expertise to their own class planning. Participating schools and school districts provide release time for their teachers to spend two such intensive and stimulating days at the University based on their recognition and support of teachers as intellectuals and professionals.

"I hunger for more opportunities like this! It was wonderful being treated as an adult with ideas!"
–Marianne Dorsey, Wimberley ISD

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