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Dedicated Forney Teachers Study with Distinguished Scholars

In June, two teachers from Forney were selected to attend a prestigious professional development institute in San Antonio sponsored by Humanities Texas in partnership with The University of Texas at San Antonio.

Elizabeth Gonzalez and Tara Graff, who teach Texas history at Brown Middle School, participated in “Texas: From Republic to Mega-State,” which took place from June 24–27 at City Education Partners, the Witte Museum, and the UTSA campus.

The institute focused on the Republic and early statehood periods, Mexican Americans and Native Americans in nineteenthcentury Texas, Texans in the Civil War, cattle and railroads, the Populist and Progressive Movements, women’s suffrage, efforts to secure civil rights for African American and Latinx Texans in the twentieth century, LBJ’s Texas, the state’s oil industry and the rise of two-party Texas. Participants also had the opportunity to tour the exhibition “The Art of Texas: 250 Years” and attend a lecture by exhibition curator Ron Tyler.


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