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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.


Scott McDade, a teacher at Sacred Heart Preparatory, delivers a presentation during the Stanford Institute on Islam.

Community College Faculty Workshops

Stanford Global Studies and the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education offer half-day workshops for community college faculty.   Each workshop includes a presentation and Q&A with a leading Stanford professor on their latest research.

Please check back for information on 2019-20 workshops.



Ukraine and U.S.-Ukraine Relations with Ambassador Steven Pifer

January 17, 2020, 1:00-4:00 P.M.

Ukraine and U.S.–Ukraine relations are constantly in the news these days. But how did we get here? How did a former Soviet Republic come to seemingly dominate U.S. political discourse? In fact, Ukraine has played an important role in U.S. foreign policy since it gained independence in 1991. This workshop will feature a scholarly lecture on the history of U.S.–Ukraine relations and the opportunity to discuss the current state of relations between the two countries. Participants will receive a copy of Ambassador Pifer's book, The Eagle and the Trident: U.S.-Ukraine Relations in Turbulent Times.

Steven Pifer is a William J. Perry fellow at Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI).   His research focuses on nuclear arms control, Ukraine, Russia and European security.  A retired Foreign Service officer, Pifer’s more than 25 years with the State Department focused on U.S. relations with the former Soviet Union and Europe, as well as arms control and security issues.  He served as deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs with responsibilities for Russia and Ukraine (2001-2004), ambassador to Ukraine (1998-2000), and special assistant to the president and senior director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia on the National Security Council (1996-1997).  

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Registration deadline is January 6, 2020.

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.  This series is comprised of three on-campus workshops, all of which are in-person at Stanford University.  You may enroll in individual workshops for $199, or sign up for all three for only $500.

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Understanding the World Through Religion

February 7-9, 2020

Religious literacy is a gateway to understanding the world and a key to global citizenship.  In this workshop, participants will explore a diversity of religious traditions, movements and institutions and examine how they have shaped politics, economics, and societies across the globe both historically and in the present day. 

Pedagogical focus: Discussion Moves -  Participants will learn how to implement discipline specific practice-based methods of instruction  to facilitate text-based, whole-class and small group rich discussion.

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Slavery in Historical and Contemporary Contexts

april 17-19, 2020

Although it has morphed over time, slavery persists both as a method of economic exploitation and a relationship of domination around the world today. In this workshop, participants will consider the challenges of defining slavery and consider its social, moral, and political reconceptualization over time. The workshop will focus on different ideologies, practices, and systems of slavery throughout history and across cultures and examine the legacy and impact of economic exploitation around the globe. Finally, participants will consider how to engage students practically in combating trafficking in their local communities.

Pedagogical focus: Using Alternative Artifacts -  In this workshop, participants will learn how to infuse alternative artifacts and oral histories into their classrooms.  These methods, when uncovered, empower students to participate in the preservation of history.

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Summer Teacher Institutes

Stanford Global Studies and the Center of Latin American Studies partner with the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching to offer professional development courses for educators on global topics.  Participants will have the opportunity to experience being students again while deeping and broadening their content knowledge. 

History of the Americas


View past workshops here.