Transatlantic Outreach Program

Transatlantic Outreach Program TOP is a public / private partnership that promotes awareness of Germany's contemporary contributions to society, politics, economy, and education - via its teaching materials, seminars, and study tours - to specific multiplier groups in North America.
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TOP is a public/private partnership initiative of the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Goethe-Institut, Deutsche Bank, the Robert Bosch Stiftung, and the Siemens Corporation. Guided by its program partners, TOP seeks to foster inter-culturally competent young learners who are aware of the current democratic and economic significance of the Germany-US transatlantic partnership and who apply this knowledge to add value to society and to enhance talent pipelines.

TOP is a public/private partnership initiative of the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Goethe-Institut, Deutsche Bank, the Robert Bosch Stiftung, and the Siemens Corporation. Guided by its program partners, TOP seeks to foster inter-culturally competent young learners who are aware of the current democratic and economic significance of the Germany-US transatlantic partnership and who apply this knowledge to add value to society and to enhance talent pipelines.

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Happy #TeacherAppreciationDay! We are cheering you on to the finish line of this school year and working on some very ex...
05/04/2021

Happy #TeacherAppreciationDay! We are cheering you on to the finish line of this school year and working on some very exciting virtual #TOPstudytour events for you once you reach the other side!! 🥳🍎 🖤❤️💛

Happy #TeacherAppreciationDay! We are cheering you on to the finish line of this school year and working on some very exciting virtual #TOPstudytour events for you once you reach the other side!! 🥳🍎 🖤❤️💛

Friends, Fortnite, and Fridays for Future - check out this video to learn what matters most to young people in Germany t...
04/30/2021
Young people in Germany: Role models, hobbies and age limits | DW | 29.04.2021

Friends, Fortnite, and Fridays for Future - check out this video to learn what matters most to young people in Germany today! How does this compare to your students and the things that are important to them?

What do German teenagers get up to in their free time? And who do they look up to? This week, Rachel Stewart meets the young Germans and welcomes guest star Younes Zarou.

After 16 years of leadership under Angela Merkel, the question of who will succeed her as Chancellor has captivated publ...
04/29/2021
These Are The Top Politicians Vying To Succeed Angela Merkel As Germany's Chancellor

After 16 years of leadership under Angela Merkel, the question of who will succeed her as Chancellor has captivated public debate in Germany. The three main parties in the upcoming federal election - the Christian Democrats, Social Democrats, and Greens - have now all selected their candidates and the race is heating up. Check out this NPR article for more information about the candidates and the upcoming election! #Bundestagswahl

With the Greens now leading the polls, their candidate, Annalena Baerbock, 40, is seen as a serious contender. She's moved the once single-issue environmentalist party into the political center.

Are you looking for a cool and engaging German summer camp for teenagers aged 14-17? Check out the Goethe-Institut's two...
04/26/2021
German courses for Children and Teens - Goethe-Institut USA

Are you looking for a cool and engaging German summer camp for teenagers aged 14-17? Check out the Goethe-Institut's two-week 3D youth summer camp #WeForFuture! Young participants work on projects covering topics such as sustainability, diversity, and social courage, and sharpen their German language skills. For registration and more details, visit: https://www.goethe.de/ins/us/en/sta/sfr/kur/kuj.html

German courses for youths in San Francisco: especially for beginners and pupils with some previous knowledge✓

What happens when you uproot an American institution like the diner and place it somewhere entirely new? For Episode 10 ...
04/23/2021

What happens when you uproot an American institution like the diner and place it somewhere entirely new? For Episode 10 of THE BIG PONDER, Florenz Gilly and Leon Ginzel visited diners in both the U.S. and Germany, interviewing diner owners, servers, and regulars along the way. This very special transatlantic food story is now live on the Big Ponder website or wherever you get your podcasts: www.goethe.de/bigponder

THE BIG PONDER is produced in partnership with Bertelsmann Foundation rbbKultur Wunderbar Together RIAS BERLIN KOMMISSION Goethe-Institut Washington.
#TheBigPonder #WunderbarTogether #RIASBerlin

Foto: Leon Ginzel

What happens when you uproot an American institution like the diner and place it somewhere entirely new? For Episode 10 of THE BIG PONDER, Florenz Gilly and Leon Ginzel visited diners in both the U.S. and Germany, interviewing diner owners, servers, and regulars along the way. This very special transatlantic food story is now live on the Big Ponder website or wherever you get your podcasts: www.goethe.de/bigponder

THE BIG PONDER is produced in partnership with Bertelsmann Foundation rbbKultur Wunderbar Together RIAS BERLIN KOMMISSION Goethe-Institut Washington.
#TheBigPonder #WunderbarTogether #RIASBerlin

Foto: Leon Ginzel

Where ever you are today, we hope you can take a moment to practice your windmills for #EarthDay! 🌍 🇩🇪 🇺🇸 🇨🇦
04/22/2021

Where ever you are today, we hope you can take a moment to practice your windmills for #EarthDay! 🌍 🇩🇪 🇺🇸 🇨🇦

Where ever you are today, we hope you can take a moment to practice your windmills for #EarthDay! 🌍 🇩🇪 🇺🇸 🇨🇦

The question of how we should memorialize events and historical figures, is currently being debated on a national and in...
04/20/2021
Counter-Memories - YouTube

The question of how we should memorialize events and historical figures, is currently being debated on a national and international level. Learn more about innovative memory culture through the illustrated virtual conversations around historical memory with artists, activists, and intellectuals from the U.S., Mexico, and Germany.

Learn more about the project: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcYPpxQoDs-niSLMDQdpt0Q

Counter-Memories is a cooperation between the Thomas Mann House, the Goethe-Institutes North-America, the Onassis Foundation Los Angeles and the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung in collaboration with the project “Shaping the Past.”

#countermemories #publicspace #monuments #ShapingThePast

Goethe-Institut Mexiko Goethe-Institut Montreal Goethe-Institut Boston Goethe Pop Up Kansas City Goethe-Institut Los Angeles Thomas Mann House Monument Lab Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (bpb) Ίδρυμα Ωνάση / Onassis Foundation Einstein Forum

Counter-Memories: Project DescriptionIn the United States, Germany, and throughout the world, citizens are questioning conventional historical narratives and...

Drawing inspiration from the feminist and economic thought of Angela Davis, the German Film Office and Maysles Documenta...
04/19/2021

Drawing inspiration from the feminist and economic thought of Angela Davis, the German Film Office and Maysles Documentary Center present #OursToHeal, a film series examining the American healthcare system by exploring the concepts, actions, and institutions involved with healing people–within and outside Western practices. Streaming free of charge across the US from April 26 - May 9.

Learn more at http://bit.ly/OursToHeal

Goethe-Institut New York KINO Germany Now Albertinum German Films Maysles Cinema

#OursToHeal #GermanFilmOffice #Documentary #DocumentaryFilm #GermanFilm #HealthCare #1millionroses

Drawing inspiration from the feminist and economic thought of Angela Davis, the German Film Office and Maysles Documentary Center present #OursToHeal, a film series examining the American healthcare system by exploring the concepts, actions, and institutions involved with healing people–within and outside Western practices. Streaming free of charge across the US from April 26 - May 9.

Learn more at http://bit.ly/OursToHeal

Goethe-Institut New York KINO Germany Now Albertinum German Films Maysles Cinema

#OursToHeal #GermanFilmOffice #Documentary #DocumentaryFilm #GermanFilm #HealthCare #1millionroses

Teachers and students: the German Embassy Washington is holding their annual essay contest now! Students from grades 3 –...
04/16/2021
Essay Contest – @GermanyinUSA

Teachers and students: the German Embassy Washington is holding their annual essay contest now! Students from grades 3 – 12 may write about one of the following topics: our environment, Sophie Scholl, or the Berlin Wall.

Sumission Deadline: April 30, 2021

For full details and prize information, visit: http://germanyinusa.com/essay-contest/

Essay Contest Enter the 2021 Annual Essay Contest! This year we have 3 topics for students to choose from! The contest is open to students from Grades 3 – 12 and the deadline for entries is April 30, 2021. Students must choose and write about about one of the following topics. Detailed rules and i...

04/14/2021

Germany ranks 2nd in the world for entrepreneurship and 3rd for education and transparency, U.S. News and World Report finds in their annual #BestCountries rankings.

Check out Germany's full rankings here: https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/germany

One year into the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown, the Burgdorff family from Berlin reflects on their experiences of t...
04/13/2021
A Berlin family, frustrated by slow pandemic progress | DW | 26.03.2021

One year into the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown, the Burgdorff family from Berlin reflects on their experiences of the past year. Mother Paola is a teacher who has balanced many of the same challenges as teachers here in the U.S. and Canada. In what ways do your own personal experiences reflect those of the Burgdorff family?

One year into the pandemic, people in Germany are frustrated by a slow vaccine roll-out, political wrangling over coronavirus regulations and a seemingly never-ending lockdown. A look at how one family in Berlin has been coping.

The TOP Team wishes a blessed Ramadan to all our friends observing this month! #RamadanMubarak #RamadanKareem
04/12/2021

The TOP Team wishes a blessed Ramadan to all our friends observing this month! #RamadanMubarak #RamadanKareem

The TOP Team wishes a blessed Ramadan to all our friends observing this month! #RamadanMubarak #RamadanKareem

On Monday, April 12, 2021, at 5:30 PM EDT, American University's Center for Israel Studies and Jewish Studies Program wi...
04/10/2021
Germany's Responsibility in Fighting Antisemitism Today

On Monday, April 12, 2021, at 5:30 PM EDT, American University's Center for Israel Studies and Jewish Studies Program will feature an online conversation between German Ambassador to the United States, Dr. Emily Haber and CIS director Professor Michael Brenner on "Germany’s Responsibility in Facing the Past and Fighting Antisemitism Today."

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/germanys-responsibility-in-fighting-antisemitism-today-tickets-144142444933?fbclid=IwAR3Dj-2H9waHjbciCww21aUab3nE05gT2XSxKDqmlS5ak_Hbxh1xQv3yOpg

German Ambassador Emily Haber will discuss Germany's responsiblity in facing the past and fighting antisemitism today with Michael Brenner

04/09/2021
TOP & covid-19 - Goethe-Institut USA

In-Person and Virtual TOP Summer Study Tours 2021: Status Update

April 9, 2021 – Washington, D.C. – Throughout this year, we at TOP have been awestruck by the resilience, strength, and passion we have witnessed from educators as they have worked tirelessly to ensure their students receive the best education while staying connected to the world. Many educators have worked with us to invite guest speakers to virtually join their classes, conduct virtual exchanges, and even facilitate “soft skills” workshops for their students. You all are heroes and we applaud you!

Though it has been a year of uncertainty for all of us, we are hopeful for the future. We long to embrace loved ones who live oceans apart, and some of us, who cannot wait to encounter new customs and cultures again, are experiencing Fernweh like never before. The return to in-person exchange remains our most important goal.

As with last year, we evaluated our options for in-person summer 2021 study tours. We carefully monitored developments in the United States and Germany, and spoke with partners to determine whether we can facilitate in-person study tours that maintain the quality, health, safety, and well-being of not only our participants but also that of our partners, hosts, and colleagues alike. We must underscore that exchange is a two-way street. While many American educators may be vaccinated and feeling “ready to go”, the situation remains quite different globally and even in the European Union.

It is with much sadness that we have decided out of an abundance of caution to cancel our in-person summer 2021 study tours. Meanwhile, we are busy meeting with TOP Alumni, gathering their input, and generating exciting ideas for more virtual study tours. Please stay tuned to our social media channels (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram) @topteachgermany and to www.goethe.de/top for the latest virtual study tour developments.

On behalf of our public and private partners - the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, the Goethe-Institut, Deutsche Bank, and the Siemens Corporation - we wish all of you and your families the best of health. We look forward to the day when we can safely bring you to Germany again.

https://www.goethe.de/ins/us/en/spr/eng/top/abt/covid-19.html

Promotes information, curriculum, intercultural dialogue, and study tour experiences relevant to contemporary Germany to specific multiplier groups such as social studies and STEM educators in North America.

This #HolocaustRemembranceDay, #weremember the more than 6 million Jewish victims, as well as victims from other groups,...
04/08/2021

This #HolocaustRemembranceDay, #weremember the more than 6 million Jewish victims, as well as victims from other groups, murdered by the Nazi regime. As you facilitate discussion about #HolocaustRemembrance in your classroom, we invite you to use "Lesson 3.5: Teaching the Holocaust in Germany," from our "Germany in Focus: Inquiry Edition" instructional resource - https://issuu.com/topteachgermany/docs/germanyinfocusinquiryweb/142

This inquiry-based lesson looks at why it is important to remember the Holocaust, how the Holocaust is remembered in Berlin, and how the Holocaust is taught in German schools. Students are encouraged to investigate how they can advocate for Holocaust education in their own state curriculum.

This #HolocaustRemembranceDay, #weremember the more than 6 million Jewish victims, as well as victims from other groups, murdered by the Nazi regime. As you facilitate discussion about #HolocaustRemembrance in your classroom, we invite you to use "Lesson 3.5: Teaching the Holocaust in Germany," from our "Germany in Focus: Inquiry Edition" instructional resource - https://issuu.com/topteachgermany/docs/germanyinfocusinquiryweb/142

This inquiry-based lesson looks at why it is important to remember the Holocaust, how the Holocaust is remembered in Berlin, and how the Holocaust is taught in German schools. Students are encouraged to investigate how they can advocate for Holocaust education in their own state curriculum.

Today is #NationalBeerDay! We want to know what new beers you discovered on your #TOPstudytour to Germany. Do you have a...
04/07/2021

Today is #NationalBeerDay! We want to know what new beers you discovered on your #TOPstudytour to Germany. Do you have a favorite German beer?

Photo by Kurt Liebhaeuser on unsplash.com.

Today is #NationalBeerDay! We want to know what new beers you discovered on your #TOPstudytour to Germany. Do you have a favorite German beer?

Photo by Kurt Liebhaeuser on unsplash.com.

Happy Easter from the TOP Team! Our office will be closed for a long weekend, but we will be back online for you on Tues...
04/01/2021

Happy Easter from the TOP Team! Our office will be closed for a long weekend, but we will be back online for you on Tuesday, April 6.

Happy Easter from the TOP Team! Our office will be closed for a long weekend, but we will be back online for you on Tuesday, April 6.

As the weather warms up, we can't help but wish we could sit down with friends in a comfortable German beer garden. Inst...
03/31/2021
10 beautiful beer gardens in Germany | DW | 21.08.2020

As the weather warms up, we can't help but wish we could sit down with friends in a comfortable German beer garden. Instead, we are are sitting at home enjoying these lovely photos of Germany's most beautful beer gardens and hoping we can visit soon! Which is your favorite German Biergarten? #fernweh #prost

Summer, sun, outdoor tables, friends and a freshly poured beer — that's the charm of a beer garden! Invented in Bavaria, they're now popular across Germany — even in times of COVID-19.

We are still discovering all the ways that the coronavirus pandemic is affecting our lives and changing our society and ...
03/29/2021
Pandemic forces beer brewers to become bread bakers | DW | 25.03.2021

We are still discovering all the ways that the coronavirus pandemic is affecting our lives and changing our society and culture. In Düsseldof, Germany, it has led to new culinary trends like beer breads! Would you try some?

As Germany's breweries are sitting on millions of liters of excess beer they can't sell due to virus-induced lockdowns on bars and restaurants, some bakeries in Dusseldorf are helping them out by making bread from beer.

Want to follow the 2021 German Bundestag Election with your students? The American Institute for Contemporary German Stu...
03/28/2021
The 2021 Bundestag Election

Want to follow the 2021 German Bundestag Election with your students? The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) has a collection of articles, videos, and events that will cover the elections throughout this year!

On September 26, 2021, Germany will not only elect a new Bundestag, but a new chancellor. Throughout 2021, AICGS will examine not only the German parties, politicians and policy issues, …

Since we are craving spring weather and missing travel (so much), this photo series of spring blossoms in Germany gives ...
03/27/2021
Spring blossoms in Germany | DW | 26.03.2021

Since we are craving spring weather and missing travel (so much), this photo series of spring blossoms in Germany gives us the warm fuzzies! #springtime #fernweh

2021 isn't an easy year. But one thing is certain: Spring is here! With blossoming views, we'll take you on a trip through Germany.

This photo was taken one week ago during the spring equinox, one of the two mornings of the year when Lincoln's promisin...
03/27/2021

This photo was taken one week ago during the spring equinox, one of the two mornings of the year when Lincoln's promising visage is evenly lit for but a few minutes.

Spring means, among many things, Spring Break! If anyone deserves time off, it's certainly teachers! We at TOP will be taking off a few days next week as well.

Best Spring Break wishes to all of you. Let's all celebrate this time of renewal.

This photo was taken one week ago during the spring equinox, one of the two mornings of the year when Lincoln's promising visage is evenly lit for but a few minutes.

Spring means, among many things, Spring Break! If anyone deserves time off, it's certainly teachers! We at TOP will be taking off a few days next week as well.

Best Spring Break wishes to all of you. Let's all celebrate this time of renewal.

One day, Jakob Lewis receives an email in Nashville, Tennessee, from a German man named Ingo who lives in Magdeburg aski...
03/26/2021
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One day, Jakob Lewis receives an email in Nashville, Tennessee, from a German man named Ingo who lives in Magdeburg asking to be his pen pal. The close relationship they develop teaches Jakob that strangers can connect on a deep level — even when an ocean and a language barrier separate them.

Listen now to “My Pen Pal”, Episode 8 of THE BIG PONDER: www.goethe.de/bigponder

THE BIG PONDER is produced by Goethe-Institut WashingtonBertelsmann Foundation rbbKultur Wunderbar Together RIAS BERLIN KOMMISSION Neighbors Podcast

#TheBigPonder #WunderbarTogether #RIASBerlin

This transatlantic podcast explores abstract concepts and phenomena through personal radio essays. Every other week, one of our producers transforms a broad topic into a captivating story told from a US-German perspective.

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The Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP) uses Modern Germany as a basis of comparison and contrast to internationalize Social Studies curriculum as well as to provide international exposure to Social Studies educators in the United States and Canada.

In order to achieve these goals, the Three Pillars of TOP must work in concert:

1. Teaching Materials. TOP currently produces four textbooks for the elementary, middle, and secondary levels. These textbooks are authored by American Social Studies professionals and edited by TOP staff. In addition, TOP produces wall maps, videos, and a series of online games.
2. Workshops. TOP sponsors hundreds of in-service training workshops every year by providing its educational materials free-of-charge to workshop leaders.
3. Study Tours. TOP sends Social Studies educators to Germany every summer on all-expenses-paid study tours, exposing them to the government and education systems, large and small businesses, and various examples of culture. Upon completion of the study tour, educators return to the United States to write a unit of learning as well as conduct in-service training workshops.

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Thank you for making an informed and difficult decision. It speaks to the care you show to the teachers you work with and your colleagues in Germany. I learned a German expression that I think might apply here: "Aufgeschoben ist nicht aufgehoben."
Are there any math teachers that have gone on this trip that I could message with a few questions? :)
AMPELMANN Berlin "Ampelmann History Walk"
We saw these all over Germany during our study tour
An interesting lesson about the migration crisis and its impact on Germany. I found this at the website for the Smithsonian's Museum of the American Indian.
Love google doodle today: Bauhaus anniversary!
Is this only for Social studies and STEM teachers?
Congratulations! Well done!
Utah (home to the Berlin Airlift Candy Bomber), Cedar Ridge Elementary, and Germany are #WunderbarTogether
New Mexico , USA “Navajo Prep Eagles Soaring High with Germany”