Teach About U.S. Update // May 21, 2019

Teach About U.S. Update // May 21, 2019

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UPDATE // May 21, 2019

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to update you on two important dates regarding this year’s Going Green project.

1. Going Green competition ends on May 26, 2019

Submit your action plans for the Going Green project and your videos for the project week Power to the People no later than Sunday, May 26, at midnight. If you need assistance with uploading the project to the Teach About U.S. platform or have any unresolved issues, please get in touch with us. See below for more detailed information from our last newsletter. This year, 58 courses have registered for the project and we look forward to reviewing the outcomes of your efforts very soon! 

2. Going Green at Humboldt University’s Sommerfest on August 29, 2019

In lieu of a final student conference, we invite all project participants, regardless if you upload a final product or not, to join us for the Sommerfest at Humboldt Universität Berlin on August 29, 2019, 14-15:30h. During the event, student groups will have the opportunity to report about their experiences with the project in a casual atmosphere and discuss their action plans with peers and experts on sustainability. Prof. Marcel Robischon, Humboldt University, will moderate the session, and Prof. Torben Schmidt, Leuphana University, a member of the Teach About U.S. team, will give a brief introduction.

What if your students did not submit an action plan this year?

This is no problem at all. This is not going to be a typical award ceremony, but an open forum for current and former project participants, or those who plan to take part in the project next school year.

Do you want to attend the event?

Please RSVP with Joannis Kaliampos (joannis.kaliampos@leuphana.de) by June 7, 2019. Please suggest how many student delegates you would like to bring to the event. (We will be able to determine how many students can be accepted after the registration period.)

Unfortunately, Teach About U.S. cannot cover travel expenses for this event.

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

GOING GREEN 2018/19 (from our last newsletter)

Going Green competition

This school year's Going Green project cycle, including our porject week "Power to the People", is entering its final month. We are currently seeing a lot of activities happening on our Moodle platform and some of you have kept us posted about your offline activities in your communities. With this message we'd like to remind you that there are 30 days left to participate in our school competition. The deadline to submit your local action plans is May 26, 2019.

We welcome all student projects that emerge from the Going Green project participation in all formats, including online videos, community actions, social media campaigns, and many more. We want your ideas, whether they are small or big.

Do you, or your students, need some inspiration? Take a look at the 60+ action plans from previous years showcased on Teach About U.S. Read more...

Competition entries can be submitted electronically in the Vitual Town Hall by you or one student representative in your course. 

Are you unsure how to implement your plan or submit it digitally to our competition? Contact me directly or check out our FAQ section. We're happy to assist you. 

You can't make the deadline? Alternatively, you can also submit your project at a later point for consideration in next school year's competition. 

The Teach About U.S. team is looking forward to your ideas and action plans!


Humboldt 250 (from our last newsletter)

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 (July 30) with awards recognizing creative student projects. 

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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 

Sommerfest at Humboldt University Berlin

Thu, Aug 29, 02:00 PM » 3:30 PM, Humboldt Universität

Registration via Joannis Kaliampos (deadline for registration: June 7, 2019). 

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

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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.