Teach About US Update // March 14, 2019

Teach About US Update // March 14, 2019

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UPDATE // MAR 14, 2019

Dear Colleagues,

We're now entering the 'hot phase' of Going Green and it's not too late to sign up for this year's project cycle, including the project week "Power to the People".

We also have just published our new project module on Alexander von Humboldt, whose 250th birthday people around the globe are celebrating this year. We're joining these celebrations with our student competition on "Humboldt and YOU" – read on below. In addition, we invite participants to join the Sommerfest at Humboldt University in Berlin to present their work (see below). 

Meanwhile, the Teach About US Team has been busy organizing teacher training seminars during the first months of 2019. More events are coming up soon or planned for later this year.


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


Humboldt 250


Humboldt 250

This year, people around the globe are commemorating Alexander von Humboldt's 250th birthday! Two centuries ago, this historic figure set an example of what it means to be a global citizen, one who traverses cultures and scientific disciplines like few other people of his time - and one who became known for his efforts to promote the transatlantic partnership. 

We are happy to announce that our new project module on "Humboldt 250" is ready for classroom use now. Take a look at the tasks and materials tracing the legacy of this curious global citizen. You can easily connect this with your work on Going Green. A final student competition focusing on "Humboldt and YOU" will remain open until the summer holidays (June 30, 2019) with awards recognizing creative student projects. 

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Going Green competition

We're entering the 'hot phase' of this school year's Going Green project cycle. Teachers interested in participating can still sign up and participate in the annual competition with their course(s). So far, 44 courses have registered for the project, including U.S. partner courses and participants in the project week "Power to the People". 

It is not too late to participate! 

This school year’s project cycle will extend until the early summer. The deadline for the Going Green school competition is going to be Sunday, May 26, 2019. Concluding events and awards will be organized in June.

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Going Green – Teacher Training (Chemnitz)

Wed, 13 Mar, 09:00 AM » 3:30 PM
Annual Chemnitz Teacher Training Seminar, organized by the Sächsische Bildungsagentur Chemnitz, the U.S. Embassy Berlin, and the U.S. Consulate General Leipzig.

Conference  "Educating the Global Citizen (München)

Tue, Mar 26, 10:00 AM » Thu, Mar 28, 02:00 PM
International Research Conference with a paper on Going Green (Mar 26, 12:00 PM), organized by the chair of Teaching English as a Foreign Language at the University of Munich.

Earth Day 2019 (Frankfurt)

Mon, Apr. 29, time tba
Event organized by Earth Day Germany, in cooperation with IHK Frankfurt am Main. Schools participating in the Going Green project from Hessen, Rheinland-Pfalz, and Baden-Württemberg will receive a separate invitation. There will be an opportunity to present student projects and work-in-progress.

U.S. Embassy Teacher Academy 2019 (Bonn)

Thu, May 30, 04:00 PM » Sun, Jun 2, 10:00 AM 
Theme: "Living and Teavching in a Digital World: Expectations, Challenges, Myths, and Opportunities", organized by the U.S. Embassy Berlin and the DAI Nürnberg.

Going Green – Concluding event (Düsseldorf)

Wed, Jun 26, time and location tbd
The U.S. Consulate General Düsseldorf and the Ministerium für Schule und Bildung in North Rhine-Westphalia will hold a concluding student conference for project participants from NRW. Course teachers will receive a separate invitation by the organizers.   

Sommerfest at Humboldt University Berlin

Thu, Aug 29, 02:00 PM » 3:30 PM, Humboldt Universität (room tbd)
For Berlin and Brandenburg schools (and others if they have the funding to come to Berlin), sign up for the event as part of Humboldt University’s Sommerfest, joining the celebrations for Alexander von Humboldt's 250th birthday. Pls. register with Joannis Kaliampos (deadline for registration: May 29). 

Pass on the information and sign up! More events are planned for 2019, so stay tuned.

Upcoming events




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Joannis Kaliampos
Educational Project Manager
Leuphana Universität 
Universitätsallee 1, 21335 Lüneburg 
Fon +49 (0)4131.677-1662, Email, Web




Teach About US is a joint project of the U.S. Embassy Berlin, the U.S. Consulates in Germany, Leuphana University Lüneburg, and LIFE e.V.

Teach About US is a proud recipient of the Germany – Land of Ideas Award 2015 and the Hans Eberhard Piepho Prize for Ideas in Communicative Language Teaching 2013.





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