Transatlantic Educators Dialogue Program (TED)

Transatlantic Educator Dialogue


Application deadline: December 15, 2022



What is the Transatlantic Educators Dialogue (TED) Program?

The Transatlantic Educators Dialogue (TED) Program is a one of a kind opportunity for educators in the United States and Europe 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. 2022 marks the 12th year of the Transatlantic Education Dialogue program and we are excited to welcome a new cohort of teachers into the TED alumni network.

If you have participated in the TED program in the past, please consider applying for the TED Alumni Program (Click here for more information).

Who is involved with TED?

A total of 50 educators in the United States and Europe 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. Program sessions are synchronous; group collaborations and discussion board responses take place asynchronously.

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

Prior to each weekly session, participants will respond to thematic essential questions to initiate the conversations and represent diverse U.S. and European perspectives on the weekly topics. Articles, videos, and various other resources will be shared through a shared course website called Moodle.

Using Moodle, participants can share resources 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 6 —May 8, 2021) 12:00-1:30 pm (U.S. Central Time Zone), 5:00-6:30 pm (Greenwich Mean Time). April 17 and 24 — no live session.

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 of the program, all participants will receive a Certification of Completion indicating the number of program hours (typically 16). 
  • Illinois teachers interested in receiving Professional Development Hours (PDH) from the University of Illinois for this program must contact the program coordinator in advance. U.S. teachers not from Illinois may use this program 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 2022 Schedule of Sessions (please check back later for the 2023 schedule)

February 6    TED Program Orientation & Introductions
February 13     Meeting your Panel Groups and Organizing for Future Sessions
February 20    Panel #1 - Teacher Education: Policies and Norms
February 27    Panel #2 - Technology in the Classroom and the Future of Education
March 6    Panel #3 - Creative Pedagogy and Instructional Practices
March 13    Panel #4 - Migration/Immigration & Cultural Awareness
March 20    Intersession #1 - Panels 1-4 Discussion Groups
March 27    Panel #5 - Student and Parental Involvement in Education
April 3    Panel #6 - Building Safe Spaces: Inclusion & Approaches to Violence/Bullying
April 10    Panel #7 - Youth Culture and Student Life
April 17    No Session (Catholic Easter)
April 24    No Session (Orthodox Easter)
May 1    Panel #8 - Supporting Diverse Learning Needs
May 8 Intersession #2 - Panels 5-8 Discussion Groups



Here is what participants from the TED 2021 program had to say:

"The Transatlantic Educators Dialogue group allows the teachers from Europe and the United States to share their knowledge about their different educational systems, the good and bad things of each one, and many new experiences or challenges to face with our students and colleagues in our schools. A personal and a professional challenge for everyone. Broadside the borders of the education and feel teacher of any alumni in the world. I wish TED program was one of the seeds of the Erasmus+ project in the world."– Xavier Cano (Barcelona, Spain) 

"I looked forward to my Sunday morning Zoom meetings. I found the conversations and work we did entering into my classes as examples for lessons or a resource we had on a Sunday soon found it's way either into class, department meetings or lunch time discussion. And it obviously became fully part of my life, as my family members would ask what I had talked about or what were we going to be talking about, as I referenced the meetings often. I look forward to continuing to work and collaborate with my TED 21 family."– Will Daniel (Littleton Colorado) 

"TED program strengthened me with enthusiasm and fruitful exchange experiences. I am enriched with methods, strategies, events, activities, different approaches in education, especially under COVID19 impact. This is an amazing opportunity to prove that education is the power-force for changing things in the world and teachers are all the time siblings in Unity and Diversity. It's a must, TED to be part in each teacher's experience at least once in a life." - Alina Popa (Satu Mare, Romania) 

"This pandemic year was quite a challenge for teachers all around the world. Participating in TED 2021 programme helped me to gain an insight into different school systems and to share ideas with my peers from the USA and Europe. TED is a great opportunity to network with outstanding teachers. The whole 2021 group as well as the coordinator provided support throughout the programme." – Kristina Kaucic (Donji Miholjac, Croatia) 

"The TED program is a unique experience for whoever decides to take it up. Firstly because it brings together educators from two completely different parts of the world. Secondly, because through the different topics presented every week, you get a better understanding of what happens in other schools and how educators act and react according to different situations. Thirdly, because the weekly meetings create strong bonds among the participants. It was the experience of a lifetime and I do believe that this is just the beginning for greater partnerships in the future!"- Georgia Maneta (Kala Nera, Greece)

"T.E.D. is an invaluable opportunity to meet and collaborate with international teachers. An outstanding programme for peer learning, networking and mutual enrichment. A step further in my continuous professional development. A community I am now grateful and proud to belong to."  – Julia Gracia (Cordoba, Spain)

How to participate in TED?

Apply online here.

For further information, please contact the TED Moderator Rhett Oldham (

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.