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Teaching the Tough TEKS Middle School 20-21 is a Course

Teaching the Tough TEKS Middle School 20-21

Started Oct 26, 2020


Full course description

Is this your first time teaching 8th grade U.S. History or do you simply need new ideas to refresh a unit of study?


Law-Related Education has the answer. We have reconfigured the Teaching the Tough TEKS institute to virtually provide educators with both content and pedagogy support throughout the year and timed the training to support teachers as they are planning and teaching.


Teaching the Tough TEKS is a 12-hour institute that targets TEKS that are challenging to 8th grade students.  The resources are designed to target low performing TEKS and to complement existing curriculum. The course will offer on-demand scholar content along with four live sessions to explore strategies to support teaching and learning. 

This course opens on October 26, 2020 so that participants can access the content and activities required before the live session.



Participants registering for the 8th Grade Teaching the Tough TEKS Institute should plan on being available for the following live sessions


Domestic Issues of the Early Republic                      Wednesday, October 28 from 4:45 - 6:15 p.m.


Foreign Policy of the Early Republic                          Saturday, November 7 from 10-11:30 a.m.


Origins of Political Parties                                          Wednesday February 3  from 4:45 - 6:15 p.m.


Reconstruction                                                           Saturday, March 6 from 10-11:30 a.m.


The virtual LRE trainings will model best practices in both online instruction as well as face-to-face instruction.  

An overview of the training includes:

  • Exploring the Content: This is self-paced and allows educators to work at their own pace, explore content through scholar videos, background readings (secondary or primary sources),  assessments, and online activities.  All of these will be designed to set the stage for the live session.
  • Pedagogy Live Sessions: These live consultant facilitated sessions with participants will run approximately 90 minutes. 
    • The focus here will be on sharing classroom resources and teaching strategies, and examining best practices in both online instruction as well as face-to-face instruction. 
    • Teachers will be collaborating with consultants and other educators in these sessions.  
    • Attendance at these sessions is required for course credit.


  • Curated Resources: Teachers will receive access to all materials used in the training.
  • Course Credit: Teachers will receive 12 hours of CPE after successfully completing all components of the course and attending the live facilitated sessions.


Sign up for this course today!