Teach About U.S. Update // June 17, 2019

Teach About U.S. Update // June 17, 2019

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UPDATE // June 17, 2019

Dear Colleagues,

We're very happy to announce that another exciting Going Green project cycle has come to an end and just before the summer holidays we're introducing this year's school competition winners in this newsletter. 

In addition, this newsletter includes information on our project evaluation survey for teachers and students and a final call to participate in our joint Sommerfest with Humboldt Universität in Berlin on August 29.

This has been an eventful year for us once again. We've seen some of the usual suspects and many new faces at our teacher trainings across the nation and on our Moodle platform as well. The Team at Teach About U.S. and our partners in Germany and the U.S. would like to extent a heartfelt 'thank you' to all of you for your coninued support and engagement with our school projects. 

As this school year is coming to an end, we're already focused on what lies ahead: We will continue our various sustainability projects next school year and as the race for the White House is slowly gaining traction, we too are preparing for another School Election Project, so stay tuned. Until then, we wish you a relaxing and inspiring summer break and we all look forward to working with you again in the new school year.

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


Going Green competition

The fifth cycle of the Going Green project is coming to an end and we are proud to present the winners of our annual student competition. We received very thoughtful project outcomes dealing with a variety of topics linked to sustainability. All in all, 18 courses from four Bundesländer and one U.S. state registered on our platform. Over three hundred students and their teachers spent many weeks learning about sustainable activities as well as challenges in Germany and the U.S., finding out about sustainability topics such as waste, food, transport, and fashion. They analyzed how their own behavior impacts the sensitive system of our planet and developed different projects to go greener.

The Teach About U.S. team and our partners are delighted to announce the following student projects as winners of the Going Green 2019 Awards! Congratulations to all students and teachers!

These are the six winning projects:

Best Educational Video:
Save the Coral Reefs! An Educational Video about the Effect of Climate Change on the Ecosystem
by the English course (grade 10) at Mons-Tabor-Gymnasium in Montabaur, with teacher Nina Allgaier.

Best Student Entrepreneurship Project:
Sustainable Cooking – How Does that Work?!
by the course Geography /CAS IB (grade 11) at Leonardo da Vinci Campus in Nauen, with teacher Bärbel Baatz.

Best Social media Engagement Campaign:
by the English course 11 GK at Martin-Luther-Gymnasium in Frankenberg, with teacher Lisa Müller.

Most Creative Video:
“Climate Change is here: act now”
by the English courses 10 GK and 11 GK & LK at Marie Curie Gymnasium in Bönen, with teacher Karsten Brill.

Best Research:
Our Biodiversity Gets Lost
by the course 11BG-G at Saalburgschule in Usingen, with teacher Gisela Wildermuth.

Most Thought-provoking Video:
Our Sustainable Shared Flat
by the English course LK 12 at Friderico-Francisceum in Bad Doberan, with teacher Daniela Weihs.

The runner-ups include: 

Environmental Pollution by the English course grade 11 at Albert-Einstein-Gymnasium Neubrandenburg with teacher Petra Wittner

Dream Big, Dream Green by the English course grade 12 at Louise-Henriette-Gymnasium in Oranienburg with teacher Jens Rösener

Action Plan 2019 by the English course 11G at max-Beckmann-Schule with teacher Therese Hartmann

Cross-Atlantic Workshop / Seminarkurs - Environmental Justice and urban Sustainability by grade 11 students at Kepler Gymnasium Freiburg and Lincoln High School in Portland, OR and teachers Jörg Dopfer and Tim Swinehart

Going Green Blog by the English courses grades 10, 11, and 12 at Marie-Curie-Gymnasium Bönen with teacher Karsten Brill

Easy Regional Cooking - Local, Fast and Healthy by the English course grade 12 at Albert-Einstein-Gymnasium Neubrandenburg with teacher Petra Wittner

The Power of the Sun by the English course grade 10 at Gymnasium Lüneburger Heide with teacher Sol Velasquez

Take a look at the 60+ action plans from previous years showcased on Teach About U.S. Read more...



Humboldt 250

As announced in our previous newsletter, Going Green will be a guest at Humboldt University's Sommerfest 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.

Going Green participants will be able to discuss their project experiences and action plans informally with experts and other participants. 

If you would like to participate in the event, please register with Joannis Kaliampos (joannis.kaliampos@leuphana.de) this week and suggest how many students you would like to bring. 

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



Feedback survey

As in previous years, we kindly ask all project participants to fill out our online evaluation survey. Your feedback is crucial for us. Not only does it help us improve our website, curricula, and other services, but it is also necessary for us to secure further funding for our project in the future. This is why we're asking you to spare 5 minutes of your time to fill out this anonymous survey: 

You will also find these links copied to every Moodle classroom and on the Teach About U.S. title page. 




Going Green Teacher Training in Schleswig
Wed, Jun 26, 1:30 PM » 16:30 PM, Berufsbildungszentrum Schleswig. Registration via Joannis Kaliampos

Sommerfest at Humboldt University Berlin
Thu, Aug 29, 02:00 PM » 3:30 PM, Humboldt Universität
Registration via Joannis Kaliampos (this week). 

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.