All teachers throughout greater Austin from TAS Partnership Schools are eligible to attend a TAS seminar. If you do not see your school or district listed as a TAS Partner, please share the online Letter to Administrators with your school administrator and contact the Humanities Institute about getting your school involved.
Registering for a TAS Seminar
Eligible teachers survey the seminar descriptions on the courses page, rank their top three choices, and follow the registration instructions. Each seminar will meet for two school days during either the fall or spring term. The meeting dates for each seminar are spaced two to three weeks apart to allow for preparation and discussion between sessions. Fall seminars will be scheduled between mid-October and early December; spring seminars between late February and early May. You can also register by mail or fax.
At least three weeks prior to the scheduled seminar, the Humanities Institute will mail all seminar materials (such as books, articles, handouts, or films) to enrolled teachers. Participants will also receive a packet containing logistical information (such as parking permits, maps of campus lots, contact names and numbers, seminar locations), information about format, structure, and content of the seminars, and a guide to area restaurants and things to do on campus.
Seminars will take place on The University of Texas at Austin campus between 9:00am and 3:30pm. Muffins and pastries will be provided for the half-hour meet-and-greet period on arrival, and coffee and cold beverages will be available throughout the day. Participants will then have a one and a half hour break to eat lunch and/or explore campus museums and research facilities. Seminar leaders are encouraged to invite interested participants to a communal lunch for informal conversation. A typical seminar schedule will be as follows:
9:00-9:30 Breakfast, Meet-and-Greet
9:30-12:00 Morning Session
1:30-3:30 Afternoon Session
After the Seminar
In addition to providing a course roster with participant email addresses so teachers can remain in productive contact with their TAS peers, this year we are publishing an Online Teacher Toolkit with in-class resources and a showcase of classroom activities and best student work developed specifically from the seminar materials and experience. Certificates of Continuing Professional Education will be mailed at the end of each semester. And of course, teachers are always welcome to return for another seminar next year!