Thursday, September 24, 2020

CMS Teachers Brush Up on Texas History

CMS Teachers Jaimee Hilliard (left) and Ashlea Garrison (right)

Earlier this month, a pair of Carroll Middle School teachers were selected to participate in a one-day workshop focused on teaching critical events from early Texas history.

Ashlea Garrison and Jaimee Hilliard, who both teach Texas history at Carroll Middle School, attended the workshop, which offered teachers the opportunity to work closely with several of the state’s leading historians, studying events that shaped Texas history before 1845. Topics included Native Americans in Texas, the Spanish Colonial Period, slavery in Texas, the Texas Revolution and the Republic of Texas.

During the morning, participants attended dynamic lectures and presentations. In the afternoon, they joined faculty in small workshops to examine primary sources and develop effective strategies for classroom instruction.

Faculty members included former state historian Frank de la Teja of Texas State University­, Juliana Barr of the University of Florida, Raúl A. Ramos of the University of Houston and Randolph B. Campbell and Andrew Torget, both of the University of North Texas.

The workshop, which was held at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, was organized by Humanities Texas.

“Humanities Texas is delighted to include two exceptional teachers from Southlake in this educational endeavor,” said Humanities Texas 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 State of Texas, as well as from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Humanities Texas is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Throughout the year, Humanities Texas partners with the state’s leading universities and cultural organizations to hold institutes and workshops supporting teachers’ intellectual and professional development. These programs enhance student learning by providing teachers the opportunity to work closely with distinguished humanities scholars and explore topics at the heart of the state’s social studies and language arts curricula.