CSET Professional Learning


History of the Americas: Latin America and the Cold War

Content Deepening Courses


Join the Center for Latin American Studies and the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching in this new professional development course on Latin America and the Cold War.

Designed to reflect the 2016 revised History-Social Science Framework for California Schools for grades K-12, this course explores the Cold War and how it affected, and was shaped by, Latin America and the Caribbean. Expert Latin American Studies scholars will provide 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. We will explore 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. Teachers will have the opportunity to experience being students again while deepening and broadening their content knowledge.

Alongside the content-deepening work, we will also 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, and two flexible follow-up sessions will occur in small groups to share resources and implementation ideas.



Designed for middle school and high school history and social science teachers; community college instructors are welcome.

Format of Course

In-person at Stanford University plus two virtual follow-up sessions

Continuing Studies Credits



CSET Facilitator

Nicole Lusiani Elliott

Nicole Lusiani Elliott serves as a Professional Development Associate and Instructional Coach for CSET, primarily in areas of history education and instructional equity. In addition to serving as the lead on multiple site-based projects, Nicole also works on the Hollyhock Fellowship, AP Success Project, and in partnership with Stanford Global Studies. Prior to working for CSET, Nicole worked as an instructional coach and professional development associate for the Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning and spent 19 years teaching at an East Bay public high school. She holds a BA in Political Science from Saint Mary’s College of California and an MA in Educational Leadership from California State University, Northridge.

Date and time

June 19, 2019 - June 22, 2019


Stanford University


Course Registration*

  • $349 per person when registering as a group (3 or more teachers from the same school or district)

  • $399 Individual

*Course registration fee includes coffee/tea service, box lunches, and Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Course participants are responsible for their own travel costs.

This program is being offered at a significantly reduced fee thanks to the support from the US Department of Education's Title VI, Stanford Center for Latin American Studies, and The Center to Support Excellence in Teaching.