Exploring Texas Workshop Series Advances Knowledge of History Teachers

Exploring Texas Workshop Series Advances Knowledge of History Teachers

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Exploring Texas Workshop Series
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Dr. Melita M. Garza serves as an assistant professor at Texas Christian University’s Bob Schieffer College of Communication, where she teaches courses on diversity, media history, and business journalism. Dr. Melita Garza also belongs to the Texas State Historical Society (TSHA), which offers professional development opportunities for history teachers through the Exploring Texas Workshop Series.

The Exploring Texas Workshop Series advances the knowledge of Texas’ teachers by presenting them with access to timely historic information and advice from renowned authorities in history, geography, and economics. Teachers who participate in the workshop will expand their current knowledge bases, acquire new teaching skills, and learn how to build on preexisting ones. TSHA partnered with the Region IV, X, and XIII Education Service Centers to develop the series and collaborated with other institutions to include the highest-quality content.

Upcoming workshops in the series include the Encountering Texas History Conference at the M.B. Sonny Donaldson Child Nutrition Center in February 2018. Designed for fourth- through seventh-grade history teachers, the conference will focus on Texas history from the 1900s to the present though a variety of breakout sessions. Sessions will address various aspects of Texas history, including geography, civics, and economics.

Dow Jones Multimedia Training Academy – University of Texas El Paso

Dow Jones Multimedia Training Academy – University of Texas El Paso

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University of Texas El Paso
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Serving as an assistant professor at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Melita Garza is a twentieth century journalism historian who develops and teaches courses concerning media history and business journalism. Melita Garza has received a number of awards and grants to help her conduct her research and augment her training, including being selected to attend the Dow Jones Multimedia Training Academy at the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP) in 2013.

The Dow Jones Multimedia Training Academy is designed to help train educators who teach at Hispanic-serving and historically African-American institutions in the procedures for conducting digital reporting and in the methods for teaching these skills to their students. The academy features a hands-on workshop to help educators become more proficient in the latest techniques and procedures in digital photography along with advances in audio and video editing. Educators are also trained in current social media strategies and effective visualization tools to enhance the training provided to journalism students.