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Past K-14 Workshops & Courses

History of the Americas: Latin America and the Cold War

JUNE 19-22, 2019

The Center for Latin American Studies and CSET offered this three-day course on the Cold War and how it affected, and was shaped by, Latin America and the Caribbean. Expert Latin American studies scholars provided rich content knowledge, from U.S. and Soviet involvement to inter-American relations in post-Cold War Latin America, including the role of underrepresented populations such as women and indigenous groups. The course explored how to use primary sources, literature, and scholarly texts to build curriculum that reflects the revised History-Social Science Framework, encouraging students to think critically about key historical events and navigate complex and often contradictory content.

Democracy Today: Where and What Is It? 

April 26-28, 2019

This three-day workshop examined the nature of democracy in historical and contemporary contexts around the globe, equipping teachers to critically engage this subject with their students. Participants explored different forms and manifestations of democracy while considering the challenges democracy has faced and is facing from above and below. In this session, the pedagogical focus was on developing formative assessments. Teachers will learned how and when to assess student historical thinking and knowledge in unique ways.


Immigration and Assimilation

APRIL 19, 2019

This half-day workshop for community college faculty featured a talk by Tomás Jiménez, associate professor of sociology and comparative studies, on his latest book, The Other Side of Assimilation: How Immigrants are Changing American Life (University of California Press, 2017).  Jiménez uses interviews from a race and class spectrum of Silicon Valley residents to show how a relational form of assimilation changes both newcomers (immigrants and their children) and established individuals (people born in the U.S. to U.S.-born parents). 


Intersecting Identities in Historical and Contemporary Contexts

March 8-10, 2019

This three-day workshop equipped 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. Course context explored issues of social justice and equality by examining, for example, dynamics of gender and sexuality across a variety of religious contexts or comparative histories of race and class. With a pedagogical focus on the Structured Academic Controversy (SAC), teachers developed expertise in leading difficult conversations with primary sources. 


Contested Histories Around the World

January 18-20, 2019

In this three-day workshop, participants examined case studies, such as how textbooks represent contested historical events in East Asia, how California textbooks teach South Asia, and the Holocaust in Eastern Europe. In addition, teachers received interactive lectures and pedagogical expertise from premier Stanford faculty and staff. The pedagogical focus for this session was to develop an OUT (Opening Up of the Textbook) with historical thinking skills as the focus. Teachers learned to articulate silences and breathe new life into their own textbooks or historical material.


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

January 18, 2019

This half-day workshop for community college faculty featured 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).


Stanford Institute on Islam

AUGUST 6-8, 2018

CSET and the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies hosted middle- and high-school instructors (teaching grades 6-12) and community college educators for the Stanford Institute on Islam, a three-day workshop that explores how the study of this global religion can be incorporated into the teaching of history, social studies, current affairs, the arts, and related subjects. This year, the institute explored the theme of Muslim intersectionalities by examining questions of race, gender and identity in Islam in a variety of global contexts.  


Institute Abroad: "History of the Americas: Mexican Revolution & Nation-Building" in Mexico City, Mexico

JULY 24 - AUGUST 1, 2018 

This professional development institute abroad, designed for history and social science instructors, brought teachers to Mexico City to explore rich content on the Mexican Revolution and nation-building with El Colegio de México faculty and an expert CSET pedagogy instructor. In July 2016, the California State Board of Education adopted a revised History-Social Science curriculum framework for grades K-12. The new framework reflects the struggles and progress of Chicanos and Latinos in the U.S., as well as major historical events in Latin America, including a focus on Mexico and the Mexican Revolution. In this institute, historians from one of Mexico’s leading universities, El Colegio de México, provided content knowledge on the Mexican Revolution and nation-building. Topics included women of the revolution, Mexican muralists, and U.S.-Mexican political history. Teachers visited key historical sites, museums, and archives in Mexico City and explored how to use primary sources, literature, and scholarly texts to build curricula that reflect the new history-social science framework and teaches students to think critically about key historical events. 


People on the Move: Global Migration in the Past and Present

April 27-29, 2018

Designed for history and social science instructors at the community college, high school and middle school levels, this three-day course explored some of the major questions that characterize  large-scale migrations, with a focus on refugees and political asylum, labor and circular migration, undocumented migration, and xenophobia. The program included lectures as well as a visit to the Hoover Institution Library & Archives to examine relevant primary documents.  Instructional support was provided to develop educators’ expertise in making the content relevant to students through inquiry-based, culturally responsive lesson design based on the core history teaching practice of academic discussion.

Course Facilitator: Nicole Lusiani Elliott


Nuclear Risk and Nonproliferation Workshop with William J. Perry

March 16, 2018

This half-day workshop featured a scholarly lecture and curricular presentation on issues related to nuclear risk and nonproliferation. Participants received curriculum materials and a copy of William J. Perry's latest book, My Journey at the Nuclear Brink. William Perry is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Freeman Spogli Institute of International Studies. He is the Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor at Stanford University and serves as co-director of the Nuclear Risk Reduction initiative and the Preventive Defense Project. He is an expert in U.S. foreign policy, national security, and arms control.  Perry was the nineteenth secretary of defense for the United States, serving from February 1994 to January 1997. He previously served as deputy secretary of defense (1993–94) and as undersecretary of defense for research and engineering (1977–81). Perry currently serves on the Defense Policy Board, the International Security Advisory Board, and the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board. 


The Russian Revolution

February 2-4, 2018

Designed for middle school, high school, and community college history teachers, this course explores the 1917 Russian Revolution, and includes museum and archival visits, a period film screening with Q&A, a vibrant academic lecture, and content specific pedagogical support to make all of what you learn accessible and relevant to your students.

Course Facilitator: Nicole Lusiani Elliott


North Korea Workshop with Kathleen Stephens

Fall 2017

Course Description: Kathleen Stephens, a former U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Korea, is the William J. Perry Fellow in the Korea Program at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC). She has four decades of experience in Korean affairs, first as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Korea in the 1970s, and in ensuing decades as a diplomat and as U.S. ambassador in Seoul.


Stanford Institute on Islam 

Spring 2016 & 2017

Course Description: How we can deepen our students’ understanding of Islam? Acquire tools for navigating controversial claims about the relationship between Islam and violence, gender, and American foreign policy. Investigate source materials that will expand your students’ appreciation of the diversity of Muslim societies and cultures, and develop ways to integrate the study of Islam into your curriculum. The Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies and Center to Support Excellence in Teaching at Stanford hosted grade 6-12 teachers and community college educators for the inaugural Stanford Institute on Islam, a series of Saturdays that explored how the study of this global tradition can be incorporated into the teaching of History, Social Studies, Current Affairs, the Arts, and related subjects. In 2016, 29 teachers participated and 7 of them were from colleges.


International Terrorism Workshop with Martha Crenshaw 

DECEMBER 2, 2016

A lecture and demonstration of the Mapping Militants Project, followed by a discussion among the participants. A copy of Professor Crenshaw's book Countering Terrorism, was pre-ordered and distributed to participants when it came out in January 2017. There were 25 participants.


Examining Global Change in the Era of Imperialism 

SUMMER 2015 & 2016

Course Description: In this course, Stanford scholars provided rich content knowledge on imperialism in the 15th-20th centuries around the world, including Africa, South Asia, Russia, Latin America and East Asia. Participants explored ways to help students connect to and engage in the study of Imperialism. Model lessons, including offerings by the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) were provided. Teachers were able to experience being students again, deepen and broaden their content knowledge and build their curricula. Twenty-eight teachers participated.

Course Facilitator: Alicia Dorosin


Governance Workshop with Frances Fukuyama

February 9, 2016

Followed by Q&A, distribution of the book Political Order and Political Decay, and a group discussion about ways to incorporate the material into community college courses. There were 13 participants.


Immigration Workshop with Gordon Chang

December 4, 2015

Distribution of a curriculum unit on Chinese-American history, and a group discussion of immigration and pedagogy. There were 16 participants.


Infectious Diseases and Global Health Workshop with Robert Siegel

May 8, 2015

A lecture with Siegel, teaching professor of microbiology and immunology, and Yvonne Maldonado, a professor of pediatrics and health research and policy; Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health curriculum demonstration; and a group discussion of ways to incorporate the material into community college courses. There were 15 participants.


Global Food Security Workshop with Walter Falcon

March 6, 2015

Lecture with Falcon, Professor Emeritus of International Agricultural Policy and Economics, followed by Q&A, distribution of a curriculum unit on food security, and a group discussion of pedagogical practices. There were 19 participants.