The William R. Coe Summer Workshop in American History
Since the 1950s, Stanford University has offered the Coe Fellowship for secondary school teachers in American history. Financial support for the program comes from an endowment bequeathed by William Robertson Coe, an English-born American businessman and philanthropist who during his career became deeply interested in the history of the United States. The workshop brings together a select group of teachers for intensive study of a major theme of topic in American history. The core of the program is a series of morning seminars conducted by senior professors in the Department of History; these focus on readings and group discussion. The seminar also includes guest lectures and field trips.
Teachers interested in participating in the Coe workshop will find a link below directing them to a short application. The workshop is open to anyone who is now teaching U.S. history at the 11th and 12th grade levels in public or private secondary schools, and who has at least two to three years of experience teaching in that field. Admission will be based on intellectual interests, professional accomplishment, and dedication to the art of teaching. Fellows who wish to receive credit for participation in the workshop may request a certificate of completion (an equivalent of 3 units of graduate credit or 2 semester units).
The Coe bequest covers most of participants’ expenses, including tuition, books and supplies, and room and board in a university residence for the two week period of the workshop. Unfortunately, we are unable to cover the cost of travel to and from Stanford, which remains the responsibility of participants themselves.