Transatlantic Educators Lecture Series

TELS Fall 2020

A series of presentations by teachers for teachers, the Transatlantic Educators Lecture Series is a new K-12 initiative by the European Union Center. In these presentations, teachers from Europe and the U.S. will explore an education-related issue that is tied to a local and/or national context. All presentations will take place on a Saturday at 11 A.M. Central Time.

There will be three presentations in fall 2020. You may register at any time and attend any or all of the presentations in this series.

(Note: It is up to the discretion of the speaker(s) whether the link to their event is made publicly available. For events with publicly available links, registration is optional. However, Illinois teachers planning to use the Transatlantic Educators Lecture Series as a PDH activity are required to register.)

Transatlantic Educators Lecture Series 

Fall 2020 Presenters

Germany's Vocational Education and Training System

Saturday, Oct. 10, 11am CDT

Stephan Petersen (Head of the English Department, BS27: Vocational School for Industrial Logistics and Security, Hamburg, Germany)

Heritage Community — Growing Together

Saturday, Nov. 7, 11am CST

Inga Chiosa (Deputy Director and Academic Director, Heritage International School, Chișinău, Moldova)

Rob Ford (Director, Heritage International School, Chișinău, Moldova)

Tatiana Popa (English Teacher and Head of Global Education, Heritage International School, Chișinău, Moldova)

Fighting Systemic Racism in the U.S. Education System

Saturday, Dec. 5, 11am CST

Shayla Ewing (Pekin Community High School, Pekin, U.S.)

Keisha Rembert (National Louis University, Chicago, U.S.)

Corey Winchester (Evanston Township High School, Evanston, U.S.)

Illinois teachers can receive up to 4.5 ISBE PDHs (Professional Development Hours), depending on number of hours attended. Each participant's number of hours attended will be calculated based on Zoom attendance data, rounded up to the nearest quarter hour. For example, if you attended for 190 minutes, you will receive 3.25 PDHs. Illinois teachers planning to use this lecture series as a PDH activity will receive documentation in December 2020.

You may register here. Please contact Sydney Lazarus ( with any questions.