Summer Curriculum Workshop

Register here for the 2021 summer curriculum workshop!

Since 2005, the European Union Center has organized in-person and virtual summer curriculum workshops designed for K-12 and community college educators to develop a more effective curriculum on the European Union. These materials may be incorporated into a variety of courses, such as foreign language, world geography, world cultures, world/US history, politics, economics, and business. 

While all K-16 educators are welcome, the curriculum materials are geared mainly towards high school and community college education. The 2021 workshop will feature presentations from University of Illinois faculty and other specialists. Participating Illinois teachers will receive 8 Professional Development Hours (PDHs).

Funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant

The 2021 summer curriculum workshop will be held online from Tuesday, June 29 to Thursday, July 1. The workshop theme is "Teaching the European Green Deal: Science, Economics, Policy." There is no cost to attend the workshop.

Please register here by Friday, June 25. Questions may be directed to Sydney Lazarus (

2021 Summer Curriculum Workshop Schedule (all times are in CDT)
Tuesday, June 29  
10:00-10:15am Welcome remarks and introduction
10:15-11:30am  Introduction to the European Green Deal
11:30-11:45am Break
11:45am-1:00pm      The EU's Post-Pandemic Economic and Social Recovery Plan
Wednesday, June 30  
10:00-10:45am  Powering a Climate Neutral Economy
10:45-11:30am  Environmental Policy in the EU: Climate Change Adaptation in Croatia
11:30-11:45am Break
11:45am-1:00pm  Comparing EU and U.S. Climate Policy: Past, Present, and Future
Thursday, July 1  
10:00-11:00am Strategies for Incorporating Climate Science Instruction into the Curriculum
11:00-11:45am Teaching the Anthropocene through Artifacts
11:45am-12:00pm Break
12:00-12:45pm Creating Lesson Plans
12:45-1:00pm Evaluations and PDH paperwork


Past Workshops
If you want additional information on a specific workshop or are interested in seeing the schedules of workshops prior to 2009, please contact the EUC at

2020 Workshop: "From Conflict to Peace: The EU Explained"
2013 Workshop: “The Timeless Mediterranean and the New European Union: Transnational Spaces and Integration”
2012 Workshop: “Food & Energy Security and Sustainability”
2011 Workshop: “Immigration and European Integration”
2010 Workshop: “Islam in Europe”
2009 Workshop: “How Does the European Union Work?”