Teach About US Update // October 2016

Teach About US Update // October 2016

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Don't miss our deadline to participate in the student competition and mock election: Sunday, October 30, 2016! The project will conclude with final events in Berlin, Düsseldorf, and Frankfurt. Email not displaying correctly?
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Teach About US // Final Update on the U.S. Election Project

Dear Colleagues,

This is our final update for U.S. Election Project participants. Without further ado, let's turn to the important contents regarding your participation in the student contest and concluding project events.

Mock election and student competition

  • All registered classes are called to participate in the mock election and student competition.
  • Only one prediction and competiton entry per course. Nominate one course representative to cast your state's vote in the Virtual Town Hall (Database ‘Ballot Box & Competition’).
  • Deadline is this Sunday (October 30) at midnight (Berlin time). Entries can be edited until this deadline and only by the user who uploaded it.
  • Find more details on this in your course in section 4 “Our state”.
Please note that even if your class cannot participate in the student competition, it is important that you still submit a prediction of your state's vote. This is important for us and other participants as we do want to produce a complete mock election for the U.S. including your input.

Transatlantic Cooperation Award

As announced in our recent email, Teach About US would like to recognize those of you who are making extraordinary efforts to engage their students in German-American exchanges and thereby enhance transatlantic understanding in the school context.
  • Colleagues working on the project with a German or U.S. partner are called to apply for the Transatlantic Cooperation Award as part of the election project.
  • To participate, fill out the form here on behalf of both cooperating partners and send it back to me (joannis.kaliampos@leuphana.de).
  • The deadline is this Sunday, October 30, at midnight (Berlin time).
  • If the circumstances allow it, a ‘Meet US’ or U.S. Embassy/Consulate representative will visit the award winners’ school(s) or, if your class happens to be visiting Berlin, a briefing at the U.S. Embassy could be arranged. More information will follow. (Unfortunately, travel expenses cannot be covered.)

Final project events in Berlin, Düsseldorf, and Frankfurt

As previously announced, we will conclude the election project with final events in different parts of Germany.


Detailed information on the event in Berlin can be found on our website. Please note that registration is now closed. For organizational matters, Dr. Martina Kohl will be in touch with you. Here are the event details at a glance:
  • Monday, November 7, 14:30 to 16:15
  • Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Berlin, Haus 1, Hiroshimastr. 17
  • Project participants in BE, BB, MV, SN, ST, TH
  • Contact is Dr. Martina Kohl, U.S. Embassy Berlin, KohlM@state.gov

We are very grateful to Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung for generously hosting us once again!


Participants in Nordrhein-Westfalen will receive an invitation shortly via email for this concluding event:

  • Monday, November 7, 14:30 to 16:00
  • Schulministerium Düsseldorf, with Schulministerin Sylvia Löhrmann and U.S. Consul General Michael R. Keller
  • Project participants in NRW
  • Contact is Jutta Tatzelt, U.S. Consulate General Düsseldorf, TatzeltJ@state.gov


Dear participants in RP, HE, BW, and BY, we have not forgot you! The U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt will be hosting a concluding event with project participants after the elections (date tba). Dr. Gerhard Wiesinger will be in touch with you shortly.
  • Date: tba
  • Project participants in southern Germany
  • Contact is Dr. Gerhard Wiesinger, U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt, WiesingerGO@state.gov
  • Please wait for notification/invitation.

The Teach About US team and our partners in Germany and the U.S. are lookng forward to your contributions to the student contest and your prediction of the election outcome. In 2008 and 2012, these turned out being more accurate than most election polls in the U.S.! Is this going to be the case again this year? We will know in less than two weeks.


Joannis Kaliampos
on behalf of the Teach About US Team and Partners
Joannis Kaliampos
Leuphana Universität | Scharnhorststr. 1 | 21335 Lüneburg

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