Transatlantic Educators Dialogue (TED)

Spring 2018

February 11 – May 6, 2018


Application deadline: January 26, 2018

TED Flyer                 TED Trifold Brochure [PDF]

What is the Transatlantic Educators Dialogue (TED)?

The Transatlantic Education Dialogue (TED) is a one of a kind opportunity for educators in the United States of America and the European Union to come together online for shared exploration and examination of a variety of educational topics, such as immigration, religion in education, active teaching methods and issues related to identity and difference.

TED represents a unique experience in educational diplomacy and facilitates the exploration of new and diverse cultures. It is also a fantastic chance to build networks with European colleagues and foster global learning opportunities.

Who is involved with TED?

A total of 50 educators in the USA and the E.U. will be involved.

Participants may be current teachers, pre-service teacher education students, school administrators, graduate students, and education faculty.

Where does TED meet?

Participants can participate anywhere they are located, provided they have access to the internet. Class sessions are synchronous; readings and reflections take place asynchronously.


Synchronous sessions take place weekly for ninety minutes using Blackboard Collaborate. This online application enables registered participants to simultaneously communicate with classmates by using microphones connected to their computers, typing into a shared chat-rooms, contributing notes on a “chalkboard” tool, and using webcams and other capabilities to upload videos and picture images. Technical support for the program is provided by the University of Illinois, College of Education.


Prior to each weekly session, participants will have assigned readings representing US and EU perspectives on the topic. Readings will be available through a shared course website called Moodle.


Using Moodle, participants can share articles with other participants, post comments on topic-specific forums, and send messages to other participants.


Participants will be meeting on-line once a week for 90 minutes: Sundays (February 11 —May 6, 2018) 12:00-1:30 pm (U.S. Central Time Zone), 5:00-6:30 pm (Greenwich Mean Time). April 1 — no class.

Why participate in TED?

  • Learn about educational systems and realities in diverse cultural and policy contexts
  • Network with transatlantic counterparts
  • Access to opportunities for career development, professional reflection, and growth, acknowledged in an official capacity at the end of the program
  • Develop critical thinking and analytical skills, with a focus on making connections between current events and material covered in our discussions
  • Share experiences with other educators, maintain connections with other participants, and have your students engage in online classroom exchanges
  • Upon successful completion, all participants will receive a Certification of Completion. Available to all participants (U.S. and European) upon successful completion of the program.

  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and Professional Development Hour (PDH) from the University of Illinois are available for interested participants. Available to all interested U.S. participants. Up to 30 non-credit Professional Development Hours (PDH) for Illinois teachers (Up to 3.0 Non-credit University of Illinois Continuing Education Units (CEU) for 30 contact hours for non-Illinois teachers to register for professional development credit in their home states)

How much does TED cost?

There is no application fee for TED. Please submit your application using the online application form available here.

TED 2018 Schedule of Sessions

Session 1 February 11 Orientation & Introductions
Session 2 February 18 Overview of Education in USA & the EU: Organizing for Future Sessions
Session 3 February 25 Teacher Education – Policies and Norms
Session 4 March 4 Creative Pedagogies and Instructional Practices
Session 5 March 11 Impressions of the Other and Cultural Awareness
Session 6 March 18 Migration/Immigration & Its Impact in the Classroom
Session 7 March 25 Student and Parental Involvement in Education
April 1 No Class
Session 8 April 8 Youth Culture and Student Life
Session 9 April 15 Building Safe Spaces: Inclusion & Approaches to Violence/Bullying
Session 10 April 22 Technology in the Classroom
Session 11 April 29 Opportunities for International Collaboration
Session 12  May  6 The Future of Education


A few words about TED from past participants:


“Transatlantic Dialogue Educators was an invaluable experience and provided benefits of online collaboration for every attendee. It was a great place for open debate and mutual comparability of education in Europe and overseas, as well as the professional development of teachers participating.” – Dr. Zuzana Mészárosová (Bratislava, Slovakia)


“T.E.D. as a new form of transatlantic cooperation represents to me a totally new experience that has significantly enriched my professional CV. I am proud of all the new knowledge, new friends and acquaintances, and the opportunity to worthily present Croatia and how happy I am to be part of a great world educational system.” Nataša Ljubić Klemše (Bjelovar, Croatia)


“With TED, there are no borders, no divisions.  Our goal is unified.  TED allows me to interact with peers around the globe and provides a means to share educational methods on how to better engage my students.  The program enables participants to collaborate creative ideas and discover ways to help make this world a better place through education.  I am thankful for the personal growth TED provides by helping me to become a better educator, and a better person.” – Kit Brown (Homer, Illinois)


“I have participated in TED for three years, and each year I am inspired by teachers from around Europe and the U.S. to be more innovative and more connected beyond my classroom. The presentations each week highlight great teachers who are willing to share their knowledge and expertise. It’s like the recharge from going to a conference, but every week. Last year I got a kick out of telling my students I was presenting with a teacher from Norway. When I told them we were meeting to plan the presentation, my students wanted to know where we were meeting. The idea of working online with someone so far away didn’t cross their minds, but my experience with TED makes it seem normal.” – Catherine Mein (Huxley, Iowa)


Read more testimonials here.


How to participate in TED?

Register online here.

For further information, please TED Program Coordinator, Jeremie Smith, at


Sponsored by the European Union Center and College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The EU Center is a National Resource Center funded through the US Department of Education’s Title VI Grant and a Jean Monnet Center of Excellence funded through the European Union.