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TSHA offers a variety of resources for teachers ranging from content knowledge and instructional strategies to programs designed to engage students in both the classroom and on campus. These programs and resources are applicable not only to our main audience of Texas Studies teachers, but any educator teaching social studies skills or incorporating local examples into the instruction of broader topics.
In order to provide content on Texas history and instructional strategies to teach it, TSHA produces a range of books and other scholarly content such as the Handbook of Texas Online, the Southwestern Historical Quarterly and the Texas Almanac. To facilitate the use of these resources and others, we offer a variety of workshops, seminars, guides, lesson plans, speakers, and other ancillary materials. All of these items can be quickly found in our newest service, TeachingTexas.org, a collaborative project to provide easy access to the materials teachers need. An e-newsletter for teachers, Texas Insights, is distributed in conjunction with TeachingTexas.org to keep teachers abreast of the newest material available.
In an effort to provide a range of engaging opportunities for students, TSHA offers a continuum of student programs. The entry level program is the Texas Quiz Show which requires minimal effort on behalf of teachers and is designed to promote additional interest in Texas history and promote Texas History Month while satisfying a campus’s statutory requirements. Texas History Day, the state affiliate of the National History Day program, is a proven instructional program for use in any secondary classroom to teach social studies skills while providing a competitive structure for interested students to add motivation. NHD teacher workshops are available across the state at various times of the year. The Junior Historians of Texas and its college-level counterpart the Walter Prescott Webb Historical Society function as a network of co-curricular and extracurricular clubs for those teachers and students who want to go beyond the classroom with their historical activities. With over seventy years of participation, this program stands as the pinnacle of engagement with history and has produced many dedicated citizens with a passion for history through the efforts of their sponsors. There is often much overlap between the student programs and other special opportunities TSHA is able to provide.