Transatlantic Educators Dialogue Program (TED)


Application deadline: January 15, 2020

Download: TED Program 2020 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. Class sessions are synchronous; group collaborations and discussion board responses 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 respond to thematic essential questions to initiate the conversations and represent diverse US and EU 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 16 —May 3, 2020) 12:00-1:30 pm (U.S. Central Time Zone), 5:00-6:30 pm (Greenwich Mean Time). April 12 — 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. 
  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and Professional Development Hours (PDH) from the University of Illinois are available to interested U.S. participants. Illinois teachers can receive up to 30 non-credit PDHs, and U.S. teachers from other states can receive up to 3.0 non-credit University of Illinois CEUs (30 contact hours) 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 2020 Schedule of Sessions

Session 1 February 16 Orientation & Introductions
Session 2 February 23 Meeting your Presentation Groups and Organizing for Future Sessions
Session 3 March 1 Teacher Education – Policies and Norms
Session 4 March 8 Impressions of the Other and Cultural Awareness
Session 5 March 15 Creative Pedagogies and Instructional Practices
Session 6 March 22 Migration/Immigration & Its Impact in the Classroom
Session 7 March 29 Student and Parental Involvement in Education
Session 8 April 5 Youth Culture and Student Life
  April 12  No Class 
Session 9 April 19 Building Safe Spaces: Inclusion & Approaches to Violence/Bullying
Session 10 April 26 Technology in the Classroom and the Future of Education
Session 11  May  3 Opportunities for International Collaboration


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?

Apply 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.