San Antonio Tricentennial Commission and UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures Launch Summer Institute for Educators

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July 12, 2017


Melissa Sorola
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San Antonio – Nearly 250 teachers will attend the San Antonio Tricentennial Summer Institute For Educators, a weeklong training that will expose San Antonio’s vibrant history to thousands of students Pre-K to 12th grade throughout San Antonio and Bexar County in the 2017-2018 school year. This is possible through collaboration between the San Antonio Tricentennial Commission, UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas. The Institute is taking place at the UTSA Downtown Campus and various offsite locations, July 10-14, 2017.

“At the core of this week is learning about our diverse community, how that impacts San Antonio today, and how we can learn from our history to prepare for the future,” said San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “After this week, these Teacher Ambassadors, representing school districts in San Antonio and Bexar County, will have the tremendous opportunity to share what they have learned at this Tricentennial Summer Institute to educate our students and fellow teachers about the 300 years of San Antonio’s history”

“This is a very important Tricentennial initiative. These intensive workshops will reintroduce the community’s history and provide resources on Bexar County and San Antonio’s Tricentennial, as well as prepare teachers to integrate these resources into their classroom,” said Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff.

School districts represented include Alamo Heights ISD, Boerne ISD, Brooks Academy of Science and Technology, East Central ISD, Edgewood ISD, Fort Sam ISD, Harlandale ISD, Judson ISD, Lackland ISD, North East ISD, Northside ISD, Pearsall ISD, Prep Schools, San Antonio ISD, South San Antonio ISD, Southside ISD and Southwest ISD.  Additionally, teachers from Private Schools and Charter Schools are participating.

“This is the first event in our commemorative efforts that will leave a lasting legacy on these educators and thousands of students in San Antonio and Bexar County,” said San Antonio Tricentennial Commission President Robert Thrailkill. “This initiative reflects the Tricentennial Commission’s guiding principle to educate and celebrate our shared history and further our legacy.”

Dynamic and distinguished keynote speakers during the weeklong Institute include San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, Tricentennial CEO Edward Benavides, Mario Lozoya, Dr. Amy Porter, Lionel Sosa, Juana Rubalcava, Anna Weisz Rado, Dr. Enrique Aleman, Doug Castle, Lorenzo Gomez, Dr. Yvonne Katz, and Dr. Ricardo Romo.  Educators will also be taking educational field trips to Mission San Juan, The Holocaust Museum, Mission San Jose, UT Health Science Center San Antonio, and Brooks City Base as part of the Summer Institute’s agenda.

“Not only is this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us to commemorate the 300 years of San Antonio, this is a once-in-a-lifetime for these educators,” said San Antonio Tricentennial Commission CEO Edward Benavides. “We’re leaning on all educators to not only go back to students and incorporate the history of San Antonio, but we also need their support in engaging and exciting our young citizens on the important milestone.”

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About the San Antonio Tricentennial:
In 2018, San Antonio will mark its 300th anniversary: a rare, historic event that will be remembered for generations. The Tricentennial Commission, a public nonprofit, leads the way in celebrating and commemorating our 300 years by developing a year of educational, artistic, and entertaining events. As San Antonio takes the world’s stage, key initiatives include: History & Education, Arts & Culture, Community Service, and Commemorative Week. The yearlong commemoration will celebrate our memorable past and propel us into our equally remarkable future. You are invited to join our community and be a part of the next chapter in San Antonio’s legendary story. Visit for more information.

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