New for this year, the symposium will be featuring a special training session, “Exploring Texas Freedom Colonies.” Texas educators and administrators can earn CPE credits.


“Exploring Texas Freedom Colonies” will give workshop attendees an opportunity to explore the founding of the 500+ self-reliant, unincorporated communities that were established following the Emancipation of Texas slaves in 1865, and their unique places in our state’s history.

Workshop leaders will assist attendees in developing strategies for identifying and studying the histories of Freedom Colonies in general, and in their local communities in particular. Attendees will also receive guidance in building a TEKS-compliant Lesson Plan that incorporates the full scope of the Freedom Colony phenomena, while also focusing on the specifics of the administrator’s/educator’s local community, thereby enhancing Texas History and Social Studies curricula at Middle and High School levels.

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