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K-14 Workshops & Courses

Stanford Global Studies partners with the Graduate School of Education's Center to Support Excellence in Teaching (CSET) and the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) to provide unique professional development courses and workshops for K-14 educators.

Workshop for Community College Faculty with Michael A. McFaul

From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin's Russia

January 18, 2019, 1:30 - 4:30 P.M.


This half-day workshop for community college faculty features a talk by Ambassador Michael A. McFaul on his latest book, From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin's Russia. McFaul is the Ken Olivier and Angela Nomellini Professor of International Studies in Political Science, Director and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, all at Stanford University. He served for five years in the Obama administration, first as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House (2009-2012), and then as U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation (2012-2014). There is no registration fee for this workshop; participants will receive a copy of the book. Those admitted to the workshop will be notified by January 11, 2019.  

Registration is closed.


Global Issues, Local Impact: K-14 Professional Development Workshops

Stanford Global Studies and the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching present a series of three-day workshops that offer teachers the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of key topics of current relevance and hone their pedagogical expertise.  In collaboration with leading Stanford scholars, teachers will delve into issues of contested historical memory, intersecting identities, and the problem of democracy in a broader historical and global context.

Teachers can attend the workshops individually ($199) or participate in all three ($500) as part of a credit-bearing series.

Contested Histories Around the World

January 18-20, 2019


In this workshop, participants will examine case studies that will include (but will not be limited to) how textbooks represent contested historical events in East Asia, how California textbooks teach South Asia, and the Holocaust in Eastern Europe. In addition, teachers will receive interactive lectures and pedagogical expertise from premier Stanford faculty and staff. The pedagogical focus for this session will be to develop an OUT (Opening Up of the Textbook) with historical thinking skills as the focus. Together with CSET pedagogical staff, teachers will learn to articulate silences and breathe new life into their own textbooks or historical material. 

Intersecting Identities in Historical and Contemporary Contexts

March 8-10, 2019


This workshop will equip teachers to tackle the complexities of overlapping social positions and identities by taking a broader, global and historical look beyond our present day, US context. Teachers will be prepared to address issues of social justice and equality by examining, for example, dynamics of gender and sexuality across a variety of religious context or comparative histories of race and class. The pedagogical focus for this session will be the Structured Academic Controversy (SAC). Teachers will develop expertise on leading difficult conversations with primary sources. The SAC is an effective discussion tool for elementary, secondary and college-level teaching.

Democracy Today: Where and What Is It?

April 26-28, 2019


It is difficult to pick up a newspaper without encountering the notion that throughout the world today democracy is in peril. This workshop will examine the nature of democracy in historical and contemporary contexts around the globe. In the workshop teachers will examine different forms and manifestations of democracy and consider the challenges democracy has faced and is facing from above and below, equipping teachers to critically engage this subject with their students. In this session, the pedagogical focus is on developing formative assessments. Teachers will learn how and when to assess student historical thinking and knowledge in unique ways.

Learn more about the workshop series and how to enroll 

Success in the Heritage Spanish Classroom

September 29, October 27, 2018, January 26, February 23, March 23, 2019, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


This seminar series will focus on acquiring and sharing strategies for culturally sustaining pedagogy; establishing learning outcomes that draw on heritage learners’ foundational strengths; addressing issues of student motivation and identity; developing content on critical topics relating to both the wonder and importance of Latin America and the sociopolitical role of Spanish in the US; and reviewing, designing, and/or revising course materials and practices to align with Common Core State Standards, California World Language Content Standards, and AP themes.  This series is co-sponsored by the Stanford World Language Project (sponsored by Stanford University Graduate School of Education) and the Center for Latin American Studies.

Registration is closed.

View past workshops here.