CSET Professional Learning

Contested Histories | A Collaboration with Stanford Global Studies

Content Deepening Courses

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.


January 18-20, 2019

Contested Histories Around the World

Stanford Global Studies and the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching present a three day workshop on how to approach teaching and learning histories in divided communities worldwide. Case studies will include (but 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.


March 8-10, 2019

Intersecting Identities in Historical and Contemporary Contexts

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.


April 26-28, 2019

Democracy Today: Where and What is It?

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.


Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Each workshop contains approximately 18 hours of professional development.  Districts may award 1 CEU for individuals who complete the course and receive a transcript.  Please note that Stanford University makes no representation that participation in the course, including participation leading to a statement of accomplishment, will be accepted by any school district or other entity as evidence of professional development. Participants are solely responsible for determining whether participation in the course, including obtaining a record of completion, will be accepted by a school district, or any other entity, as evidence of professional development coursework.

This course is offered at a reduced fee thanks to support from the US Department of Education’s Title VI and the Stanford Global Studies Division.


Date and time

January 18-20, March 8-10, and April 26-28


Stanford University, CERAS building, Room 513


$199 per 3-day workshop

$500 for all three 3-day workshops