CSET Professional Learning


History of the Americas: The Mexican Revolution and Nation-Building

Content Deepening Courses

Join CLAS, the Stanford Graduate School of Education's Center to Support Excellence in Teaching (CSET), and El Colegio de México for a Summer 2018 Institute Abroad in Mexico City! This new professional development institute abroad, designed for History and Social Science instructors, leads 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 US, 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, will provide rich content knowledge on the Mexican Revolution and nation-building. Topics may include women of the Revolution, Mexican muralists, and US-Mexican political history. Teachers will visit key historical sites, museums, and archives in Mexico City and explore how to use primary sources, literature, and scholarly texts to build curriculum that reflects the new History-Social Science framework and teaches students to think critically about key historical events. Participants will experience being students again, deepen and broaden their content knowledge, and return home with lessons and strategies to better teach the content.

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

Continuing Education Units: 5

Application Deadline: February 28, 2018

Application materials:

  • Online applicationForm
    • 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 (Uploaded here)
    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 uploaded at the link provided.

Applications will be reviewed by the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching and the Center for Latin American Studies.  
All qualified applicants will be considered in accordance with Stanford University's Nondiscrimination Policy.  

Supplemental materialsdue 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) 

Submit supplemental materials and checks to

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 1, 2018. If the participant withdraws from the institute after the withdrawal deadline, there are no refunds.

Institute Cancellation Policy

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


Molly Aufdermauer
Public Engagement Coordinator
Center for Latin American Studies
tel: 650-721-5530

Date and time

July 24, 2018 - August 2, 2018
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Mexico City, Mexico


Registration Fee: $1000*

  • 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.
  • Registration fees cover lodging, breakfast and lunch, ground transportation, materials, and programming while in Mexico.
  • Registration fees do not include participant travel to Mexico City. This must be coordinated and paid by the participant.
  • Registration fees do not include incidental costs such as passport fees, travel medical insurance (ITIC), immunizations**, etc.

* 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