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First World War in a Global Context

Course Description: 

In this course, Stanford scholars will provide rich content knowledge on the First World War in a global context.  Recent scholarship, spurred by the centenary of the war, has significantly enriched resources available to educators to teach about this seminal conflict that shaped the 20th century from a broader perspective than the classic focus on the Western Front.  Combining military, political, social and cultural approaches, we will explore how to use primary sources, literature, scholarly texts and film to help students understand the causes, conduct and consequences of World War I. Teachers will have the opportunity to experience being students again, deepen and broaden their content knowledge and build their curriculum.

Keywords: WWI centennial, world war I, history, stanford scholars, lesson planning

Audience: Designed for 6-12 and community college history teachers and professors

Dates & Times: Jul 31 - Aug 4, 2017

  • Mon | 10:00a - 4:00p
  • Tue - Thu | 9:00a - 4:00p
  • Fri | 9:00a - 1:30p
Format of Course: In-person at Stanford University with follow-up virtual learning communities throughout the school year


  • $750 (Individual)
  • $700 (Group - 3 or more teachers from the same school or district)
Units: 3 Status: Registration opens Tuesday, Jan 17, 4:00p PT

*Please note: The cost for this course includes morning coffee/tea service, lunch, and a reception. This cost does not include lodging or transportation. Please see the Festival Location, Lodging, & Transportation page.  

Connecting teachers from around the globe to share and grow in teaching excellence. This course is part of the Stanford Teaching Festival (STF). The STF aims to bring together teachers from varied classrooms and contexts worldwide. Teachers participate in a common, in-person, high-quality professional learning experience over the summer, and are provided with the resources, tools, and support to engage and grow with one another in meaningful learning communities throughout the school year.

Course Facilitators: 

Nicole Lusiani Elliott serves as a Professional Development Associate and Instructional History Coach for the Hollyhock Fellowship Program. She implements summertime professional development for the history fellows and provides coaching support for them throughout the year. In addition to working for CSET, Ms. Lusiani serves as an instructional coach for the Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the academic experience for under-served students. Prior to working for CSET Ms. Lusiani spent 19 years teaching and providing instructional coaching to colleagues at a high-needs 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.

This series is sponsored by several centers that are part of the Stanford Global Studies Division, and is partially underwritten with funds from the U.S. Department of Education Title VI program.