Teach About U.S. Update // March 19, 2020 (corona update)

Teach About U.S. Update // March 19, 2020 (corona update)

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UPDATE // Mar 19, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

These are challenging times for all of us, and we can only assume the effort it takes for you to ensure that students everywhere maintain access to quality education despite school closures and the uncertainties connected to the coronavirus outbreak.

Get in touch with us – let us know how we can support you!

We are wondering how we at Teach About U.S. can help you at this moment and want to encourage you to get in touch with us via Facebook, email, or Moodle. How can we support you in this exceptional situation? Can you think of anything in terms of educational technology, contacts or curriculum adjustments that could alleviate your e-learning measures? Chat sessions? Webinars?

Teaching materials remain available online

At the same time, we want to assure you that we are continuing our online support from our home offices. Our teaching materials and project curricula on Going Green, Power to the People, Humboldt 250, and the US Elections remain available for your classroom use and, of course, provide customizable task cycles for distant education.

Look out for updates on teacher training seminars

Unfortunately, the previously announced teacher trainings for Chemnitz and Rostock this week had to be cancelled. We were able to go ahead in Berlin last week, and we saw great interest among the participating teachers to enroll for the School Election Project already. In what form the events planned for later this spring and summer will take place will be announced in the course of the upcoming weeks. In any case, we’ll be thinking about including webinars and videos on our website to help you navigate the curricula.

We and our partners hope you and yours stay safe. Wash your hands, keep your distance, stay inside, but always stay optimistic! 


Joannis Kaliampos
on behalf of the Teach About U.S. Team and Partners 



U.S. Embassy School Election Project 2016 final event

As Americans are launching the primary season in the run-up for the Presidential election 2020, we are getting ready for the U.S. Embassy School Election Project. Though this year’s project format will be similar to the previous project cycles, we are in the process of adding cutting-edge pedagogical approaches and educational technologies. Our Facebook site and the Teach About U.S. Blog will accompany the Moodle course environment.

What’s important now:

  • Registration is open now – sign up now for the project
  • Classroom materials from the 2016 project are available online; the 2020 curriculum is currently being developed and will become available before the summer holiday.
  • We have received the first notifications from U.S. schools who want to be connected to a German partner. Contact us if you are a German teacher and interested starting a transatlantic cooperation.
  • If you are an American teacher wanting to be matched with a German partner, pls. contact the Transatlantic Outreach Program (or view our info page for U.S. teachers). 

Projet timeline (tentative)

Project registration is open now!

More information on the project, how to participate, how it works, sample materials, results from 2016, and registration for 2020:

About the U.S. Election Project

GOING GREEN 2019/20 

Going Green competition

The Going Green project is running with currently over two dozen courses across Germany working on the online curriculum and its sister projects, Power to the People and Humboldt 250. Consider making the project part of your curriculum during the second part of the school year, explore creative and hands-on activities on sustainable development in your community, and get in touch with us if you would like to find a transatlantic partner school for your project participation.

This school year’s deadline to participate in the national Going Green school competition is May 31, 2020.

About Going Green


California--Baden-Württemberg partnership

As announced in December, the German-American Institute (DAI) in Tübingen, together with their colleagues in Freiburg, Stuttgart, and Heidelberg, are partnering with Teach About U.S. for a special initiative on connecting classrooms in Baden-Württemberg and California! Going Green: Baden-Württemberg meets California celebrates and extends the recently founded partnership between both states. This Going Green ‘sister project’ is generously funded by the Baden-Württemberg Staatsministerium and jointly implemented by the German-American institutes in Baden-Württemberg.

German American Institutes in Baden-Württemberg

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What you need to know:

  • There will be two project iterations with special prizes for participants in both states (March-June; September-December)
  • Participants can enter both the national and the Baden-Württemberg/California competition
  • DAI Tübingen will try to partner you with a school in California

Questions can be directed to us or directly to Sarah Taylor at the GAI Tübingen.

More information on Going Green in BaWü and CA:

About Going Green


U.S. Embassy School Election Project

Again, these are the originally planned dates and times. Whether and in what form these events will take place will be determined in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more updates. Webinars and online materials will be provided as part of this school project.


Saarbrücken - Teaching the U.S. Election
Monday, 18 May, 2:30 PM » 5:30 PM (tbc)

Düsseldorf - Teaching the U.S. Election
Tuesday, 19 May, time tbd

Wiesbaden - Teaching the U.S. Election
Wednesday, 20 May, time tbd

Nürnberg - Teaching the U.S. Election (vocational school teachers)
Monday, 25 May, 2:00 PM » 4:30 PM  

Halle - Teaching the U.S. Election
Tuesday, 26 May, 2:00 PM » 4:00 PM  

Sachsen (in planning) - Teaching the U.S. Election
Wednesday, 27 May, time tbd 

Lüneburg - Teaching  the U.S. Elections
Monday, 8 June, 3:00 PM » 6:15 PM

Kiel - Teaching the U.S. Elections
Tuesday, 9 June, 3:00 PM » 7:00 PM 

Hamburg - Teaching the U.S. Elections
Wednesday, 10 June, 3:00 PM » 6:00 PM

Potsdam - Teacher student workshop on the U.S. elections
Friday, 12 June, 4:45 PM » 7:15 PM

Speyer - Teaching the U.S. Elections
Monday, 15 June, 10 AM » 1:30 PM

Dillingen - Teaching the U.S. Elections
Tuesday, 16 June, afternoon (time tbd)

München - Teaching the U.S. Elections
Monday, 22 June, 2:00 PM » 6 PM (tbc)

Bavaria (in planning) - Teaching the U.S. Elections
Tuesday, 23 June, time tbd

Nürnberg - Teaching the U.S. Elections
Wednesday, 24 June, time tbd

We would like to thank our partners on-site for hosting these events!


Upcoming events


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.