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Teach About U.S. Update // September 26, 2019

Teach About U.S. Update // September 26, 2019

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UPDATE // Sep 26, 2019

Dear Colleagues,

Last Friday, people of different generations, nationalities, and faiths sounded a global alarm about the climate crisis and took to the streets, demanding concrete actions to combat climate change. It is estimated that over four million people participated in over 2,500 events scheduled in 163 countries on all seven continents in this historic global event.

There could be no better moment to ring in the 2019/20 project cycle for Going Green – Education for Sustainability. Several classes in Germany and the U.S. have already enrolled on our platform. In addition to our regular Going Green competition, we will be collaborating with Our Sustainable Future, a competition organized by the Goethe Institut in Washington D.C. We encourage all German-American tandems in Going Green to submit a project proposal to both competitions and win a trip to the final international conference next June in Berlin. Find out what’s in it for you and how you can participate with your students and transatlantic partners in Going Green and Our Sustainable Future.

As always, we hope to welcome you soon on our online platform or in person at one of our upcoming teacher training seminars.

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

GOING GREEN 2019/20 
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Going Green competition

Last month, we kicked off the 2019-20 Going Green project cycle at Humboldt Universität Berlin. In her welcome remarks, HU Vice President Professor Inés Obergfell lauded the project participants for applying their research findings in real communities to solve real issues, which she said reflects the sincerity with which these young people approach issues of conservation and sustainability in our society.

Vice President, Professor Inés Obergfell, welcomed Going Green participants to Humboldt University's Sommerfest.

Alexander Schur and Anne Abraham, students of Louise Henriette Gymnasium Oranienburg, present their project "Dream Big, Dream Green".

Currently, 18 groups have enrolled on our platform and launched Going Green in their schools. The deadline for this school year’s Going Green competition is May 31, 2020. 

Why you should participate

Going Green will inspire you and your students to participate actively in combating climate change. That is an ambitious goal. Instead of letting "bad" news get to us, we suggest following the New York Times’ call for action: "Stopping Climate Change Is Hopeless. Let’s Do It." We firmly believe that everybody can make a difference.

Take Action

So take action, sign up on Teach About U.S., request a Moodle course, and we’ll provide you with excellent materials, a safe e-classroom and a platform to connect your students with other classes in Germany and the U.S. You will share ideas, compare notes, and reach into your respective communities.

We look forward to working with you this Going Green season!

 

NEW SCHOOL PROJECT AND COMPETITION BY THE GOETHE INSTITUT WASHINGTON D.C.
OUR SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Our partners at the Goethe Institut Washington D.C. are currently implementing a school project, Our Sustainable Future, fostering education for sustainable development within STEM and German-as-a-foreign-language classes in the U.S. The project is centered around the United Nations’ 17 sustainable development goals and includes a school competition for interdisciplinary student projects to be carried out in the participants’ communities.

Together with the organizers at the Goethe Institut, we want to encourage all classes participating as German-American tandems in Going Green to submit their project ideas to this competition as well. The competiton deadline is February 15, 2020. 

Participants can win a trip to the project’s concluding international conference in Berlin in June 2020.

For more information, open the link below or contact us directly. 

Our Sustainable Future

RESOURCES BY THE POTSDAM INSTITUTE FOR CLIMATE IMPACT RESEARCH
PIKee - TEACHING CLIMATE CHANGE

Potsdam Institut für Klimafolgenforschung

We would like to introduce you to the innovative classroom materials and curricula developed by our partners at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. The institute offers a wide range of interdisciplinary materials, many of them also in English, addressing the topic of climate change and its impacts. Check out their platform to review classroom tested curricula suitable for the Sekundarstufe I (middle school) and Sekundarstufe II (secondary or high school level), and project-based learning. The materials include teaching units with handouts, teaching notes, and tutorials, supporting teachers in addressing the complex issue of climate change in comprehensible terms.

In addition, the platform KlimafolgenOnline-Bildung.de, which is also included in our project week Power to the People, helps learners understand and visualize local impacts of climate change in their own communities and identify necessary mitigation and adaptation strategies.

For more information, visit the PIKee website:

PIKee project website
 

UPCOMING EVENTS
SAVE THE DATES

Teacher Taining in Gießen
Mon, Nov. 11, 10:00 AM » 3:30 PM, Justus Liebig Universität Gießen

Workshop on "Language Learning in Blended-Learning Projects: Moodle, Web 2.0, and Learner Agency" as part of the Fachtag Englisch organized by the University of Gießen on "Digital Media in EFL Pedagogy."

Teacher Training in Etelsen/Niedersachsen
Thu., Dec. 12, 10:00 AM » Fri., Dec. 13, 4:00 PM, Schloss Etelsen (tbc)

Workshop on "Creating technology-enhanced language learning environments" as part of the Netzwerktreffen Englisch an Gesamtschulen, organized by the Niedersächsisches Landesinstitut für schulische Qualitätsentwicklung (NLQ).

Pass on the information and sign up! More events are planned for 2020, so stay tuned.

Upcoming events
 

CONTACT US

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

 

 

TEACH ABOUT US

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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