A series of presentations by teachers for teachers, the Transatlantic Educators Lecture Series is a K-12 initiative by the European Union Center that launched in 2020. In this series, teachers from Europe and the U.S. present and lead discussions on topics related to education and pedagogy. Please write to eucenter@illinois.edu if you have suggestions for speakers and/or topics for future lectures.

Please see below for past lectures in this series and click on the link to watch the recording.

Transatlantic Educators Lecture Series Presenter(s)

Adult Education and Learning in Prison: The Example of the Second Chance School of Nigrita 

Saturday, December 2, 2023

Nektaria Tziora, Deputy Manager and Teacher, Second Chance School of Nigrita (Serres, Greece)

Bringing Student Worlds Together

Sunday, November 19, 2023

Cass Didier, Spanish Teacher, Waverly High School (Waverly, Nebraska, U.S.)

Rūta Petkevičiūtė, Coordinator of International Relations, Erudito Licejus (Kaunas, Lithuania)

Where to Begin? Tips and Tools for Integrating Virtual Reality into Your Language Classroom

Saturday, October 22, 2022

Tricia Thrasher, PhD in French with a concentration in Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education (SLATE)


How to Deal with a Bilingual Class (And Not Die Trying)

Saturday, September 24, 2022


Félix Gancedo Menéndez, Biology Teacher, Bilingual Program, Woodstock High School (Woodstock, Illinois, U.S.)

Growing Financial Literacy: Global Understanding Through Group Dynamics & Social Interaction

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Anthony Schiliro, Social Studies Teacher, Eleanor Roosevelt High School (New York City, New York, U.S.)

Teachers' Well-Being and Resilience

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Višnja Brcković, English Teacher, SŠ Mate Balote (Poreč, Croatia)

Inga Chiosa, Vice Director, Heritage International School (Chișinău, Moldova)

Ilze Kuhalska, English Teacher, Gaigalava Primary School and East Latvia High School of Technology (Rezekne, Latvia)

Vika Perinčič, English and German Teacher, Simona Kosa Podbrdo Primary School and Tolmin Gymnasium (Tolmin, Slovenia)

Lisa Scheidhauer, English and German Teacher, Wendelinusschule (Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany)

How Do You Like My Work? Children with Special Needs in Education: Characteristics and Challenges

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Aleksandra Duric, Professor of History and Languages, Institut Lauterbad (Kassel, Germany)

Fighting Systemic Racism in the U.S. Education System

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Shayla Ewing, 9-12 English and Drama Teacher, Pekin Community High School (Pekin, Illinois, United States)

Keisha Rembert, Assistant Professor of Teacher Preparation, National Louis University (Chicago, Illinois United States)

Corey Winchester, 11th and 12th grade U.S. History and Sociology Teacher, Evanston Township High School (Evanston, Illinois United States)

Heritage Community — Growing Together

Saturday, November 7, 2020

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)

Germany's Vocational Education and Training System

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Stephan Petersen, English Teacher, Vocational School for Industrial Logistics & Security (Hamburg, Germany)

If you are an Illinois teacher who would like to receive ISBE PDHs (Professional Development Hours) for attending these lectures, please contact Sydney Lazarus (lazarus5@illinois.edu).