CSET Professional Learning


History of the Americas: Central America and the Cold War

Content Deepening Courses

Join the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) and the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching (CSET) in Antigua, Guatemala, in summer 2020 for a professional development institute on Central America and the Cold War.

Designed to support the History-Social Science Framework for California Schools for grades K-12, this institute explores the Cold War and how it affected, and was shaped by, Latin America. Expert Latin American Studies scholars and community organizers will provide rich content knowledge on the lasting effects of the Cold War on Guatemala, including the work of women and indigenous groups in rebuilding the social fabric while seeking justice.

Teachers will have the opportunity to experience being students again while deepening and broadening their content knowledge. An expert CSET Pedagogy Instructor will provide space for teachers to deepen their pedagogical practice in the area of student talk and  academic discussion. Time will be provided for teachers to develop lessons with their evolving content and instructional knowledge during the institute, building curriculum that encourages students to think critically about key historical events and navigate complex and often contradictory content.

Audience: Designed for middle school and high school History and Social Science teachers. Community college instructors also welcome.

Continuing Education Units: 4

Registration Fee: $1000*

  • Registration fee covers lodging, breakfast and lunch, materials, transportation to and from Antigua from Guatemala City, programming while in Antigua, and two flexible follow-up sessions in small groups to share resources and ideas for implementation.
  • Registration fee does not include participant travel to Guatemala. This must be coordinated and paid by the participant.
  • Registration fee does not include incidental costs such as passport fees, travel medical insurance (ITIC), immunizations**, etc.
  • Financial aid of up to $400 per teacher is available, provided with funding from the U.S. Department of Education Title VI.
  • Financial aid priority will be given to teachers working in schools designated Title 1 and/or 50% free and reduced lunch.

*Subsidized price as a result of U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center grant funding.

**Participants are responsible for ensuring they have the appropriate immunizations for the destination.


Application Deadline: March 15, 2020 -- Applications are now open!
Space is limited.

Questions: Please direct questions to Molly Aufdermauer, CLAS Public Engagement Coordinator, at mollyauf@stanford.edu.


Application Details and Additional Information

Online application

  • Applicant profile information
  • Resume (upload)
  • A 300-500 word statement of interest (type in electronic form or upload)

Applicant: The statement of interest should address why you are interested in the program, what makes you a good candidate, and how you plan to synthesize the knowledge and experience gained from this institute to maximize the benefits to your classroom, school, and district.

​Letter of reference:

  • Letter of reference should be written by a person in the position to evaluate the applicant, such as a principal, chair, advisor, or supervisor. Letters must include letterhead and a signature and be submitted electronically here.
  • Applications will be reviewed by the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching and the Center for Latin American Studies. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application by April 17, 2020.
  • All qualified applicants will be considered in accordance with Stanford University's Nondiscrimination Policy.  


Supplemental materials due after being accepted to the institute, processed through the Center for Latin American Studies.

  • Copy of valid passport (with expiration date more than 6 months after the institute dates) or confirmation that passport application has been submitted (submitted electronically)  
  • Signed Stanford Materials Release Form (submitted electronically)
  • Signed Stanford International Travel Waiver (submitted electronically) 
  • Proof of international insurance: International Teacher Identity Card, minimum coverage of "Premium" level (submitted electronically)
  • A $350 deposit (check made payable to Stanford University), postmarked by May 1, 2020.
  • Balance of $650 (check made payable to Stanford University), postmarked by May 22, 2020.

Mail checks to

Molly Aufdermauer
Public Engagement Coordinator
Center for Latin American Studies
582 Alvarado Row
Stanford, CA 94305-8545
email: mollyauf@stanford.edu

Applicant is responsible for confirming receipt of all application materials.


Withdrawal/Cancellation Policies

Participant Withdrawal Policy

If, for any reason, an accepted participant chooses to withdraw from the institute, the participant must notify the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) by email to mollyauf@stanford.edu. The program deposit is non-refundable. However, the participant may elect to use the cost of the deposit toward the fees of another CLAS teacher institute or workshop within a year. Program fees, exclusive of deposit, are refundable if CLAS receives the participant's written notification prior to the withdrawal deadline of May 22, 2020. If the participant withdraws from the institute after the withdrawal deadline, there are no refunds.

Institute Cancellation Policy

If the institute is cancelled by CLAS for any reason, CLAS will be in touch with the participants directly regarding full refunds.

Date and time

July 16, 2020 - July 22, 2020


Antigua, Guatemala



Includes lodging, breakfast and lunch, course materials, and transportation to/from Antigua from Guatemala City.

*Subsidized fee as a result of U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center grant funding.