CSET Professional Learning

Global Issues, Local Impacts

Content Deepening Courses

Stanford Global Studies and the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching present a series of 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.  This series is comprised of three on-campus workshops, of which one remains.  Click the respective links below to find more information on a particular workshop and to enroll in that workshop.



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 political elites as well as from the general population, 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.

Through this course, participants will:

  • Deepen their content knowledge of significant historical issues in different national, regional and global contexts.

  • Learn to complicate prevalent historical narratives by including marginalized perspectives and experiences in curriculum development and classroom instruction.

  • Learn research-based strategies to engage students in authentic historical analysis.

  • Learn to integrate primary historical sources, structured academic discussion and assessment of student thinking in their classrooms.


Friday, 6 - 8 PM

Alberto Diaz | Inequality and Democracy in Latin America


Saturday, 11 AM - 1 PM

Alaina Morgan | Religion, Democracy, and the American Nation


Saturday, 2 - 4 PM

James Fishkin | Revitalizing Democracy through Public Deliberation


Sunday, 10 AM - 12 PM

Abbas Milani | The Tormented Path Toward Democracy in Iran


Contested Histories Around the World

January 18-20th

All nations struggle with how to teach and talk about their past.  In this workshop, participants will explore the instrumentalization of history to serve political agendas in various regional and global contexts, including East Asia, South Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America.


Dr. Jan T. Gross, Professor of History, Princeton University 
Dr. Magdalena H. Gross, Senior Research Associate for the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching, Stanford University 
Dr. Norman Naimark, Professor of History, Stanford University 
Rylan Sekiguchi, Manager of Curriculum and Instructional Design for the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE), Stanford University 
Dr. Parna Sengupta, Senior Associate Director with Stanford Introductory Studies (SIS), Stanford University 


Intersecting Identities in Historical and Contemporary Context

March 8-10th


Madihah Akhter | Doctoral Candidate, Department of History | Redefining Global: South Asians in the US, 1860s - Present

Cristina Rivera Garza, PhD | Visiting Professor, Iberian and Latin American Cultures | Gender and Belonging in Contemporary Lantinx and Latin American Poetry

Nicholas Opiyo | Practitioner in Residence, Center for African Studies | Religion, Culture, Politics and Sexuality: The Contemporary Issues in Uganda

Aziza Shanazarova | Lecturer, Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies | Women and Islam


Continuing Education Units (CEU)

Each workshop contains approximately 20 hours of professional development.  Districts may award 2 CEUs for individuals who complete a single workshop and receive a record of completion.  Participation in all three workshops equates to approximately 60 hours of professional development and districts may award 6 CEUs for individuals who complete the entire three-workshop series and receive a record of completion.

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.



For questions about the course offerings, please contact cset@stanford.edu or call (650)721-1660

For help enrolling or payment questions, please contact

stanford-educ@lists.stanford.edu or call (650)263-4144


This course is not affiliated with the Stanford History Education Group.

Date and time

April 26-28


Stanford University, CERAS building, Room 513


$199 for one 3-day workshop

Please note these courses are offered at a reduced fee thanks to support from the US Department of Education’s Title VI and the Stanford Global Studies Division.