Newsletter // Feb. 16, 2016

Newsletter // Feb. 16, 2016

by Joannis Kaliampos -
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Teach About US February Update

Join us for the U.S. Embassy Teacher Academy 2016, more teacher trainings this spring, and our Going Green booth at the Hannover Messe. Email not displaying correctly?
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Teach About US Update // Feb. 16, 2016


Dear Subscriber,

This month's Teach About US Newsletter features some exciting news and announcements. As of this week, some 550 students have registered on our Teach About US platform in roughly 40 Going Green e-classrooms. Most notably, we would like to express a heartfelt "Willkommen" to our participants from Edina, Minnesota! The students at Edina High School have entered an exchange with their peers at Geschwister Scholl Schule in Saarburg, Rheinland-Pfalz. This is a great first outcome of our U.S. outreach partnership with colleagues at the Goethe Institut's Transatlantic Outreach Program in Washington D.C. and we hope there will be many more to come. These participant numbers reflect the continued interest in the Going Green project and we'd like to highlight again that we have just entered the project's 'hot phase'. It is not too late to join and make Going Green part of your courses!

Below are this newsletter's topics we hope you enjoy reading about them. And, as always, we would like to thank those of you in particular who are participating in Going Green with their students. It is you and your students who bring this project to life!

Joannis Kaliampos
on behalf of the Teach About US Team and Partners

   Joannis Kaliampos
   Leuphana Universität | Scharnhorststr. 1 | 21335 Lüneburg

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This newsletter’s topics at a glance:


U.S. Embassy Teacher Academy 2016: Join us on May 5-8

This year's U.S. Embassy Teacher Academy will take place on May 5-8 at the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Haus in Berlin Mitte. We will look at the upcoming presidential election in the U.S. and are happy to confirm the following team of experts on the issue: With our program, we will provide an in-depth insight into American perspectives on the intricacies of the U.S. electoral system and shed some light on the mysteries of this year's campaigns and potential candidates. We will also introduce you to the U.S. Embassy School Election Project 2016 which will start with the new school year. We hope you and your students will be on board for that.
A highlight of the Teacher Academy 2016 will most certainly be a reading and discussion with author and journalist Joshua Hammer. Mr. Hammer will talk about his recent work, The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts (2016).

Invited faculty for the U.S. Embassy Teacher Academy 2016 (Garrett, Heberle, McCuan, Paul, Schmidt, Hammer)

The U.S. Embassy Teacher Academy has become a long-standing teacher training initiative organized by the U.S. Embassy and its partners. Teachers, teacher educators, multipliers, and 'Referendare' in English and Social Studies from all parts of Germany are invited to join us for this event. Registration is open until March 15, 2016. The participation fee is 140 € and includes board and lodge at the conference venue. We are expecting more registrations than can be accomodated, so please wait with travel preparations until your participation is confirmed.

Click here for more information. For further questions regarding the event, please contact Dr. Martina Kohl (, U.S. Embassy Berlin.


Teacher Training Seminars confirmed in Hamburg and Kiel

To our teachers and supporters in Northern Germany: We haven't forgot you. The Teach About US Team is happy to announce two additional teacher training seminars this spring:

03/03/2016 | Hamburg
in cooperation with the U.S. Consulate General Hamburg and the Amerikazentrum Hamburg e.V.
  • 15:00-17:00: “Going Green – Education for Sustainability, Teach About US and Elections 2016: An Update and Preview” with Dr. Martina Kohl, US Embassy, and Joannis Kaliampos, Leuphana University.
Contact: Amerikazentrum Hamburg e.V. (; pls. register by March 1, 2016.

05/17/2016 | Kiel
in cooperation with the Amerika-Gesellschaft Schleswig-Holstein
  • 14:30-16:00: “Going Green – Education for Sustainability, Teach About US and Elections 2016: An Update and Preview” with Jeremy Fowler, US Embassy
Contact: Jan Bensien (, Program Director, Amerika-Gesellschaft Schleswig-Holstein e.V.

Join us for these teacher trainings and explore how you and your students can become part of the projects. For updates and more information on these and other events, please visit Teach About US.


Going Green to be featured at Hannover Messe

As you might have heard, the USA will be partner country of Hannover Messe 2016 and President Obama will open the fair together with Chancellor Angela Merkel. The Going Green team is very excited about the opportunity to feature our project in the Tech2You exhibition hall. We are grateful to Land der Ideen for giving us the chance to reach thousands of students and teachers through the exhibit. Should you plan to visit the fair, please stop by.

From our Teach About US Blog

Recent posts

Our bloggers Julianne Troiano and Brandon Greenblatt report about green developments and challenges in the US. Read on in their blog posts and use these texts in your classes.

The Ocean Cleanup:An Exciting Project to Remove Plastic from our Oceans
by Brandon Greenblatt

Has Sustainability Been Absent from the 2016 Presidential Election?
by Brandon Greenblatt

A Partisan Divide: Perceptions of COP21 in the United States
by Brandon Greenblatt

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