Summer Curriculum Workshop

UPDATE: Due to COVID-19, the summer curriculum workshop will be held online. 

The University of Illinois and The European Union Center (EUC) invites K-12 and community college educators to take part in a five-day summer curriculum workshop to develop a more effective curriculum on the European Union. These materials may be incorporated into a variety of courses, such as foreign language, world geography, world cultures, world/US history, politics, economics, and business.

While all K-16 educators are welcome, the curriculum materials are geared mainly towards high school and community college education. The workshop will feature presentations from University of Illinois faculty and other specialists. Participating Illinois teachers receive 16 non-credit PDHs, and non-Illinois teachers receive 1.6 non-credit University of Illinois CEUs.

Funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant

The 2020 summer curriculum workshop will run from Monday, June 22 to Friday, June 26. The workshop theme is “From Conflict to Peace: The European Union Explained — How the EU Came to Be, How It All Works Today, and Its Greatest Challenges.” There is no cost to attend the workshop.

Register here by June 12. Questions may be directed to Sydney Lazarus (

2020 Summer Curriculum Workshop Schedule (all times are in CDT)

Monday, June 22  
9:00-9:30am Welcome and icebreaker
9:45-10:45am A History of the European Union
11:00am-12:30pm The Contemporary EU as an Economic and Political Entity
Tuesday, June 23  
8:30-10:00am Cultural and Language Policy in the EU
10:15am-12:00pm Lesson planning session
Wednesday, June 24  
9:00-10am Minority Languages in the EU
10:15-11:15am Brexit: What is Next?
11:30am-12:30pm Climate Change Leadership 
3:00-4:45pm Teaching the Challenges of Modern Turkey: 2020 Turkish Studies Symposium
Thursday, June 25  
9:00-10:00am Spurlock Museum presentation
10:15-11:15am Interactive Learning
11:30am-12:30pm Inclusion as an Instrument of Peace-building in a Post-COVID-19 World 
Friday, June 26  
9:00-10:00am International Opportunities for K-14 Educators
10:15am-12:15pm Lesson planning workshop and presentations
12:15-12:45pm Evaluations and PDH paperwork

Past Workshops
Dates and titles for past workshops are below. If you want additional information on these events, please contact the EUC at

2013 Workshop: “The Timeless Mediterranean and the New European Union: Transnational Spaces and Integration”
2012 Workshop: “Food & Energy Security and Sustainability”
2011 Workshop: “Immigration and European Integration”
2010 Workshop: “Islam in Europe”
2009 Workshop: “How Does the European Union Work?”