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Stanford courses for Title I high school students

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Since September 2021, Stanford Digital Education has pioneered a dual-credit course program in which students from high schools in low-income communities can earn Stanford credits, as well as credits from their high schools. Offered with the nonprofit National Education Equity Lab, the courses give students unique learning opportunities to master Stanford’s college-level material that was previously unavailable in high schools. The experience not only provides students with new subject matter but also boosts their confidence that they could thrive at Stanford and other selective colleges and universities.

Our dual-credit model is based in the high school classroom with a teacher, who leads the course in tandem with at least one Stanford teaching fellow. Students watch lectures from a Stanford faculty member asynchronously and engage in the same assignments as students in schools nationwide. They can also attend weekly office hours with teaching fellows via Zoom. The courses offer college-level rigor — covering the same material being taken by Stanford undergraduates — with the extra scaffolding needed by high school students.

View current (winter/spring 2024) and past course offerings.


From our launch in fall 2021 through fall 2023:

72 schools

participated in 18 states, plus Washington DC

1290+ students

enrolled in Stanford courses

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Winter and spring 2024 courses

Between Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.: Race, Religion, and the Politics of Freedom

Instructor: Lerone A. Martin, professor of religious studies and director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute. Students learn about the political and spiritual lives of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X, to explore how they serve as important religious, political, and intellectual models for imagining the past and the present.

Introduction to Bioengineering

Instructors: Drew Endy, associate professor of bioengineering, and Jenn Brophy, assistant professor of bioengineering. This course aims to give students a working understanding of how to approach the engineering of living systems to benefit all people and the planet. 

Searching Together for the Common Good

Instructor: Greg Watkins, lecturer and resident fellow. Through texts ranging from the writings of Confucius and Sophocles to Spike Lee’s film Do the Right Thing, this ethics course brings students into conversation with moral philosophers seeking to describe the common good. 

Fall 2024 courses

To be announced in February 2024.
 

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Courses taught in previous years

Between Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.: Race, Religion, and the Politics of Freedom 

(Winter/spring 2023, 1 school)

Introduction to Bioengineering 

(Winter/spring 2023, 9 schools)

Introduction to Computers

(Fall 2021, 16 schools; fall 2022, 15 schools; fall 2023, 12 schools)

Raise Your Voice: Learn to Write Successfully for College and Beyond

(Spring 2022, 8 schools; winter/spring 2023, 5 schools)

Searching Together for the Common Good

(Spring 2022, 1 school; winter/spring 2023, 5 schools)

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How Stanford teaching fellows contribute

Teaching fellows, also known as section leaders, play a critical role in Stanford’s National Education Equity Lab courses. Watch the videos below to learn how Marina Limon (section leader coordinator for Between Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.: Race, Religion, and the Politics of Freedom) and Star Doby, Terrell Ibanez, and Julia Wang (teaching fellows/section leaders for Introduction to Computers) approach their work. 

You can also read teaching fellow Dasia Moore's reflections on teaching a section of the writing course Raise Your Voice, section leader Brian Sha in the Stanford Daily on challenges faced by students in his Introduction to Computers class, and an article about alumni supporting students in the same course.

See current job openings for section leaders


 

Contact us

Are you interested in collaborating with us, designing a course, serving as a teaching fellow, or bringing a Stanford course to your Title 1 (or Title 1 eligible) high school? Please reach out.

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Priscilla Fiden, Associate Vice Provost and Chief of Staff
Stanford Digital Education
pfiden@stanford.edu


 

We are pleased to be working with the National Education Equity Lab