Democracy Today: Where and What is It?


Stanford Graduate School of Education




It is difficult to pick up a newspaper without encountering the notion that throughout the world today democracy is in peril. This workshop will examine the nature of democracy in historical and contemporary contexts around the globe. In the workshop teachers will examine different forms and manifestations of democracy and consider the challenges democracy has faced and is facing from political elites as well as from the general population, equipping teachers to critically engage this subject with their students. In this session, the pedagogical focus is on developing formative assessments. Teachers will learn how and when to assess student historical thinking and knowledge in unique ways.

This course is not affiliated with the Stanford History Education Group.

Through this course, participants will:

  • Deepen their content knowledge of significant historical issues in different national, regional and global contexts. 
  • Learn to complicate prevalent historical narratives by including marginalized perspectives and experiences in curriculum development and classroom instruction.
  • Learn research-based strategies to engage students in authentic historical analysis.
  • Learn to integrate primary historical sources, structured academic discussion and assessment of student thinking in their classrooms.
Friday, 6 - 8 PM
Alberto Diaz | Inequality and Democracy in Latin America
Saturday, 11 AM - 1 PM
Alaina Morgan | Religion, Democracy, and the American Nation
Saturday, 2 - 4 PM
James Fishkin | Revitalizing Democracy through Public Deliberation
Sunday, 10 AM - 12 PM
Abbas Milani | The Tormented Path Toward Democracy in Iran



$199 per person for this 3-day workshop

This workshop is part of the Global Issues, Local Impacts series, which is comprised of three, 3-day workshops.  To enroll in all three workshops for $500 or learn more about the series, please see the Global Issues, Local Impacts page.

Please note this course is offered at a reduced fee thanks to support from the US Department of Education’s Title VI and the Stanford Global Studies Division.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

By completing this course, you’ll earn 2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). CEUs cannot be applied toward any Stanford degree. CEU transferability is subject to the receiving institution’s policies.

Participation in all three workshops equates to approximately 60 hours of professional development and districts may award 6 CEUs for individuals who complete the entire three-workshop series and receive a record of completion.

Record of Completion

When you complete each course, you’ll receive an email with a link to download your Record of Completion. This email will be sent to the address you provide in your mystanfordconnection within 3 business days of course completion.

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