K-12 Programs and Resources


The EUC is proud to offer K-12 teachers a menu of options for their professional development and integration of material on Europe and international affairs into their teaching. Join us for our public events, in-person and virtual professional development programs, competitions for students, overseas study tours, and other programs.

Below are our signature K-12 programs, organized by target audience.

For all teachers:

Launched in fall 2020, the Transatlantic Educators Lecture Series is a series of presentations by teachers for teachers. In this series, teachers from Europe and the U.S. present on an education-related issue that is tied to a local and/or national context. 

The Summer Curriculum Workshop is offered to K-12 and community college educators to assist them with developing a more effective K-12 and community college curriculum on the EU. The workshop features lectures and interactive sessions led by University of Illinois faculty, experienced K-12 educators, and museum staff. 

Please visit the Teachers' Corner page for free resources for teaching on Europe, including lesson plans, videos, and library and web resources.

For U.S. and European teachers:

The Transatlantic Educators Dialogue (TED) is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for teachers in the U.S. and Europe to come together online for shared exploration and examination of topics such as creative pedagogies, youth culture, parental involvement, and technology in the classroom. This program gives participants the opportunity to forge new professional relationships with fellow educators throughout the U.S. and Europe and lays the groundwork for classroom exchanges and other collaborative projects. 

The TED Fellows Program is designed to provide alumni of the TED Program with an opportunity to collaborate on transatlantic group projects over the course of a school year. 

For U.S. teachers:

Euro Challenge is an exciting opportunity for 9th- and 10th-grade students to learn about the EU and the euro, recommend policies to address economic challenges, and potentially present their ideas at a European embassy in Washington, D.C. on an all-expenses-paid trip.

For Illinois teachers and students:

The Illinois Global Scholar Program is a state-wide initiative meant to bring global competence via a globally-infused curriculum to Illinois secondary school students. This program includes a student summit, typically hosted in November.

The Illinois High School Translation Competition aims to promote the study of modern world languages and to provide high school students with an opportunity to get hands-on experience in translation. The 2022-23 Translation Competition featured six Less Commonly Taught Languages: Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Polish, Swedish, and Ukrainian. 

We encourage you to sign up for our K-14 mailing list to learn about upcoming opportunities, events, and deadlines. If you are interested in having an EUC-affiliated expert speak in your classroom or have questions or suggestions for K-12 programming, please contact us at eucenter@illinois.edu.