The Stanford Teaching Festival (STF) is an annual summer opportunity organized by the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching. This year's STF will run from July 31 to August 4. 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.
Offerings for Summer 2017 are:
1. First World War in a Global Context
In this course, 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.
2. History of the Americas: Mexican Revolution and Nation-Building
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 10th grade. In this course, historians from one of Mexico’s leading universities, El Colegio de México, will join US scholars to 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. We will 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. Teachers will have the opportunity to experience being students again while deepening and broadening their content knowledge.