Two teachers form Melissa were among a select group of teachers from across the state who attended "America at War in the Twentieth Century," a professional development institute sponsored by Humanities Texas and The University of Texas at San Antonio.

"I will use this information and experiences to increase student engagement and understanding of complex concepts," said Stacy Hricko, who teaches history and English at Melissa High School.

"I attended the institute because Humanities Texas understand how to facilitate ‘green space,’ that place where one goes to rejuvenate," said Rory Payne, an English teacher at MHS.

Hricko and Payne have both previously attended Humanities Texas teacher workshops.

"America at War in the Twentieth Century" drew more than forty-eight teachers to the UTSA campus for four days of dynamic lectures and inspiring small-group workshops. The San Antonio institute faculty included Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy of Stanford University, Arnold Krammer of Texas A&M University, Patrick J. Kelly of The University of Texas at San Antonio, and Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez and Jeremi Suri of The University of Texas at Austin.

Educational specialists from the Institute of Texan Cultures and the Amon Carter Museum guided teachers in using historic documents and works of art to teach U.S. history.

"Humanities Texas was pleased to cosponsor ‘America at War in the Twentieth Century,’" said Executive Director Michael L. Gillette. "Giving talented teachers the opportunity to interact with their peers and leading scholars will enable them to engage students with exciting new perspectives on our nation’s history."

"America at War in the Twentieth Century" was made possible with support from the State of Texas as well as from the National Endowment for the Humanities We the People initiative.

The San Antonio program was one of four Humanities Texas institutes that took place this summer at major universities across Texas. Other host universities included The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas at El Paso and the University of Houston.

Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducts programs to improve the quality of classroom teaching throughout Texas. For more information about Humanities Texas, visit www.humanitiestexas.org. For information about The University of Texas at San Antonio, visit www.utsa.edu.