New Teacher Education Assistant and Fall 2016 Hours

The Center for History Teaching Learning is pleased to announce our new Teacher Education Assistant and operating hours for the fall of 2016.

Kathryn Guerra is a student in the History Department’s M.A. program. She is also certified to teach history in the state of Texas and ready to answer questions from those currently in the process of becoming certified.

You can visit her in the Center’s Resource Room during the hours listed below to check out a textbook, prepare for qualifying or certification exams, get advice, or peruse our many resources for teaching history at all levels.


Welcome Kathryn!

Fall 2016: Monday 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday 11:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday By appointment
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

The CHTL is now on Twitter!

CHTLfbThe Center for History Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce the launching of its new Twitter account.  The Center will be tweeting out information concerning upcoming events and all things related to history education.

Follow us at @utepchtl and help us to continue building a vibrant community dedicated to history teaching and learning!

New Teacher Education Assistant and Fall Hours

1The Center for History Teaching Learning is pleased to announce our new Teacher Education Assistant and new operating hours for fall 2014. Carolina Monsivais is a student in UTEP’s Ph.D. program.  Please come by the Center’s Resource Room to check out a textbook, prepare for certification exams, or get advice.

Welcome Carolina!


Fall 2014: Monday By appointment
Tuesday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Wednesday 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Friday 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Center Announces Interim Director


Dr. Cartwright addresses high school teachers in 2011 at a summer institute sponsored by Humanities Texas.

One June 1, Dr. Bradley J. Cartwright will begin interim service as the director of UTEP’s Center for History Teaching & Learning. He will succeed Dr. Keith A. Erekson who founded the Center and served as the director since 2009.

Cartwright earned his B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, his M.A. from the University of Texas at El Paso, and his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. His research focuses on the nineteenth-century North American West and the Pacific Basin, where he examines the ways in which race, gender, and nationality informed encounters between Anglo Americans and non-white peoples. At UTEP, Cartwright teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on American imperialism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the U.S. War with Mexico, the Pacific World, and the teaching of the U.S. history survey course. He is the History Department’s liaison to the Liberal Arts Honors Program and project coordinator for the Large Class Project at UTEP. He served with Erekson as co-director of the History Survey Project and has been a regular and popular participant in the Center’s summer teacher institutes.

Erekson has accepted the invitation to serve as the new director of the Church History Library for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City. He will remain a member of the Center’s Advisory Committee. The Center for History Teaching & Learning was founded in May 2009 and is operated by the History Department in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at El Paso.

New Lesson Materials about Glory Road

El Paso, Texas – Just in time for March Madness, El Paso area educators have prepared lessons materials about the 1966 national champion Miner team for use in history, social studies, language arts, and physical education classes. The lesson ideas together with dozens of additional Glory Road-related resources have been assembled on a new web page hosted by the Center for History Teaching & Learning.

One of the most important moments in UTEP history came on March 19, 1966, when the men’s basketball team beat Kentucky for the NCAA National Championship. The racial dynamics changed college sports, the coach and team were inducted into the Hall of Fame, the victory is consistently ranked as one of the greatest of all time, and the story has been immortalized in the 2006 motion picture Glory Road. UTEP’s centennial year provides the perfect occasion in which teachers can help a new generation of students to appreciate the community’s history and look forward to its future.

The participating educators responded to a contest hosted by UTEP’s Center for History Teaching & Learning as part of UTEP’s Centennial Celebration and received a special commemorative Centennial prize pack.


Glory Road Teaching Materials

UTEP’s Centennial Celebration

The Center for History Teaching & Learning


Teaching History and Geography for the 21st Century through Digital Maps

Digital Maps

This half-day workshop designed by high school educators for high school educators introduces the concepts and theory of digital humanities. Teachers attending the one-day workshop will learn about how to utilize digital humanities sites to teach themes in geography and history through an exploration of the borderlands of the United States and Mexico, as well as the idea and concept of borders throughout the world.

Teachers attending the day long workshop will receive a USB drive containing:

  • Four week-long lesson plans utilizing digital maps
  • A detailed description explaining the humanities concepts covered by each lesson plan
  • A copy of Mills Kelly’s Teaching History in the Digital Age
  • A guide to Digital Humanities websites

Those who are interested in learning more about the project can contact Brad Cartwright at, 915-747-5878.

The workshop series is funded by Humanities Texas in partnership with UTEP’s Center for History Teaching and Learning and MapStory. For more information contact Brad Cartwright @


Significant Changes to Teacher Ed Admissions Requirements

The College of Education now has new “WINDOWS of ADMISSION” to the Teacher Education program (TED). The month of February is ONE of TWO windows announced for the academic year. The next window will not be until September!

You MUST be admitted to TED in order to:

  • Take EDPC 3300 and/or SCED 3317
  • Take your state (TExES) teacher certification exams
  • Student Teach

In addition, as of Fall 2014, you must PASS your TExES certification exams BEFORE you can STUDENT TEACH!

Therefore, if you are planning to:

  • Take EDPC 3300 or SCED 3317 in Summer 2014 or Fall 2014
  • Take your state (TExES) teacher certification exams
  • Student teach in Fall 2014 or Spring 2015

it is IMPERATIVE that you turn in your TED Application Packet before the window closes on February 28th.

For more information on the TED application and the THEA test requirement, please see the CASE website.

Ellen Esposito
Director, Secondary Education
College of Science, UTEP

Announcing a Glory Road Teaching Contest

November 22, 2013

El Paso, Texas – One of UTEP’s most important moments came on March 19, 1966, when the men’s basketball team beat Kentucky for the NCAA National Championship. But the victory’s significance extends beyond basketball. The fact that the Miner team started five black players against Kentucky’s all-white team thrust the game into the nation’s civil rights movement. The Miners’ story was immortalized in the 2006 motion picture Glory Road.

As part of UTEP’s Centennial Celebration, the Center for History Teaching & Learning invites recommendations for teaching this story and its significance in El Paso schools during 2014. We seek innovative and exciting strategies that will take this story to a new generation. Visit this web page for complete instructions and additional resources. The best ideas will be published by the Center and the creators will receive a UTEP Centennial Prize Pack.


Instructions and Submission Information

The Center for History Teaching & Learning


CHTL Resource Incorporated into UTEP Centennial

November 6, 2013
El Paso, Texas – Last fall, the Center for History Teaching & Learning announced that it had created a new web page containing resources for learning more about UTEP’s history. This year, we are pleased to report that UTEP’s Centennial Office has used the page to create a new resource on “How to Research UTEP History” as part of its UTEP Encyclopedia.

The new page provides quick tips for learning the basics of UTEP history as well as links to relevant reading, archives, and museums. The page also provides access to numerous primary sources on UTEP’s history, such as transcripts of interviews with faculty and alumni, past editions of The Prospector and alumni magazines, and previous school catalogs.

The page will be a valuable resource for students, faculty, alumni, and friends of the University who want to learn more about UTEP’s history and its connections with the Paso del Norte region and the state of Texas.

The Center for History Teaching & Learning is a division of UTEP’s History Department created to promote scholarly teaching among department faculty, support teacher education among our students, and provide outreach and professional development opportunities for area social studies teachers.

For more information please visit, send an email to, or call 915-747-5878.


“How to Research UTEP History” Page

Center for History Teaching & Learning

UTEP Centennial Celebration


Humanities Texas and UTEP to Hold Teacher Institute on American Wars

June 14, 2013
CONTACT: Michael L. Gillette at (512) 440-1991

From June 17–20, 2013, more than fifty Texas teachers will attend a professional development institute sponsored by Humanities Texas and The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) examining twentieth-century American wars.

The institute, titled “America at War in the Twentieth Century,” offers teachers the opportunity to work closely with leading scholars, studying American participation in World Wars I and II and the wars in Korea and Vietnam.

Each morning, participants will attend dynamic lectures and presentations. In the afternoons, they will join faculty in small workshops to examine primary sources such as historic letters, maps and photographs.

The El Paso institute faculty includes George C. Herring of the University of Kentucky, Senate Historian Emeritus Richard A. Baker, and Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez and Mark Lawrence of The University of Texas at Austin.

UTEP historians Brad Cartwright, Maceo C. Dailey Jr., David Hackett and Jeffrey P. Shepherd will also serve on the institute faculty.

Adair Margo, founder of the Tom Lea Institute, will give a lunchtime presentation on the Lea’s work as an artist-correspondent for Life Magazine in the Pacific theatre of World War II.

“Humanities Texas is dedicated to improving the quality of classroom teaching throughout the state,” said Executive Director Michael L. Gillette. “Bringing teachers together to learn from leading scholars and from each other is an effective way to enable Texas students to receive the best possible educational opportunities.”

“America at War in the Twentieth Century” is made possible with funding from the State of Texas as well as from the National Endowment for the Humanities We the People initiative.

The El Paso program is the eighty-second professional development program for Texas classroom teachers organized by Humanities Texas. It is one of four institutes taking place in June at major universities across Texas. Other host universities include The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of Houston.

Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, sponsors programs promoting heritage, culture and education throughout the state.

For more information about Humanities Texas, visit For information about The University of Texas at El Paso, visit

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