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Education Partnership for Internationalizing Curriculum (EPIC)


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Three SGS centers have been selected as National Resource Centers (NRCs) by the U.S. Department of Education: the Center for East Asian Studies, the Center for Latin American Studies, and the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. Supported by Title VI of the Higher Education Act, NRCs strengthen access to training in the major languages of their respective regions, broaden area studies training across all disciplines, and pursue innovative collaborations with other educational organizations and local communities. 

As part of the community engagement effort, the three NRCs in collaboration with other SGS centers, have established the Education Partnership for Internationalizing Curriculum (EPIC), which focuses on strengthening the internationalization of curricula and the professionalization of language instruction at community colleges and K-12 institutions.

Read further below for descriptions of the various programs offered through EPIC.

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Community College Engagement

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Community College Engagement

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Fellows Program

Open to faculty from Foothill College, De Anza College, and College of San Mateo in 2016-17
Fellowship Period: September 2016-June 2017

This competitive fellowship program will bring together 8-10 community college faculty from Foothill College, De Anza College, and the College of San Mateo (with possible expansion to additional colleges in future years) to work collaboratively with colleagues at Stanford for one academic year on projects aimed at internationalizing course curricula and producing innovative curricular materials for use in community college classrooms. Fellows should represent a broad disciplinary cross-section, including the humanities, social sciences, mathematics and hard sciences.

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Professional Development Workshops

Open to faculty from any California community college.

The Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE), in partnership with EPIC, is offering exciting professional development opportunities for all California community college instructors.  Meeting together to attend a seminar with a Stanford professor, receive curricular material and discuss pedagogy, these workshops help community college instructors internationalize their courses.

The next opportunity will be a free half-day course offered at Stanford Universty in fall 2016.

Past Workshops:

February 19, 2016 Governance workshop activities included a lecture by Frances Fukuyama followed by a time of Q and A, distribution of the book Political Order and Political Decay, and a group discussion about ways to incorporate the material into community college courses.

December 4, 2015 Immigration workshop activities included lectures and Q and A with Gordon Chang, a historian, distribution of a curriculum unit on Chinese-American history, and a group discussion of immigration and pedagogy.

May 8, 2015 Infectious Diseases and Global Health workshop activities included lectures and dialogue with Robert Siegel, a teaching professor of microbiology and immunology and Yvonne Maldonado, a professor of pediatrics and health research and policy; curriculum demonstration; and a group discussion of ways to incorporate the material into community college courses.

March 6, 2015 Global Food Security workshop activities included lectures by Walter Falcon, professor emeritus of International Agricultural Policy and Economics, followed by Q and A, distribution of a curriculum unit on food security, and a group discussion of pedagogical practices.

Foreign Language Professional Development Workshop

Open to faculty from any California Community College.
April, 2017

Each year, the Stanford Language Center holds a two-day ACTFL Modified Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Assessment workshop on the Stanford campus. The workshop offers foreign language instructors training in oral proficiency assessment and hands-on interview practice at the Novice and Intermediate levels according to ACTFL OPI guidelines. Participation in a Modified OPI Assessment Workshop is the first step toward becoming an ACTFL Certified OPI Tester with Limited Certification.

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K-12 Engagement

Stanford Global Studies Saturday Series: Exploring Islam


9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.



Summer Teaching Festival

June 13-17, 2016

Designed for high school History and Social Science teachers

EPIC, in partnership with the Graduate School of Education’s Center to Support Excellence in Teaching (CSET), offered a professional development opportunity for high school teachers wishing to internationalize their curriculum in the summer of 2016. During this 5-day seminar, teachers learned techniques for facilitating critical discourse, including comparative analysis, on a topic that spans history and the globe: Imperialism. Lessons that engage students in critical discourse were demonstrated by the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) and the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE). Stanford scholars offered rich content knowledge on imperialism (broadly defined) in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Russia, East Europe, and Eurasia. Teachers drew upon this content to develop new lessons that encourage critical discourse to take back to their classrooms.  

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