Transatlantic Educators Dialogue Program (TED)


The TED 2021 application has closed. Please check back in fall 2021 for the TED 2022 application.

Download: TED Program 2021 flyer


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. 2021 marks the 11th 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 7 —May 2, 2021) 12:00-1:30 pm (U.S. Central Time Zone), 5:00-6:30 pm (Greenwich Mean Time). April 4 — 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 2021 Schedule of Sessions

February 7    TED Program Orientation & Introductions
February 14     Meeting your Panel Groups and Organizing for Future Sessions
February 21    Panel #1 - Teacher Education: Policies and Norms
February 28    Panel #2 - Technology in the Classroom and the Future of Education
March 7    Panel #3 - Creative Pedagogies and Instructional Practices
March 14    Panel #4 - Migration/Immigration & Cultural Awareness
March 21    Intersession #1 - Panels 1-4 Discussion Groups
March 28    Panel #5 - Student and Parental Involvement in Education
April 4    No Session
April 11    Panel #6 - Building Safe Spaces: Inclusion & Approaches to Violence/Bullying
April 18    Panel #7: Youth Culture and Student Life
April 25    Panel #8: Supporting Diverse Learning Needs
May 2    Intersession #2 - Panels 5-8 Discussion Groups


Here is what participants from the TED 2020 program had to say:

"I can only say thank you to the whole group and the coordinator. This was a unique experience and I can’t decide which was more intriguing: discovering our similarities or discovering our differences. I was certainly able to gain new insights into the world in general and the teachers’ world in particular. Sunday sessions were keenly awaited with impatience and excitement. We met and kept our online community alive and eager to learn in most strange times of the pandemic, providing support and opportunity to socialize in our small cohort." — Višnja Brcković (Porec, Istrian County, Croatia)

"The Transatlantic Educators Dialogue group solidifies my belief that outstanding teachers practice their craft all over the world and those educators are more than willing to share their thoughts and ideas to anyone. I am now a better educator because each week, my teacher toolbox was filled with great ideas on pedagogy and educational theory. I cannot recommend the TED program highly enough."  Rhett Oldham (Ste. Genevieve, Missouri)

"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?

The TED 2021 application has closed. Please check back in fall 2021 to apply for the 2022 program.

For further information, please contact the 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.