Virtual Study Tours


About The 2021 TOP Virtual Study Tours

Give in to your Wanderlust and join the Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP) for our STEM and Social Studies virtual study tours to Germany this summer!

On each 4-week virtual tour, participants can immerse themselves in current topics relevant for both Germany and the U.S./Canada, meet experts and educators from across the Atlantic, and connect with other North American educators, including TOP Alumni.

All meetings will be held in English and can be attended live on Zoom or viewed as a recording at a later time.

Participants can join the tours casually, as time permits, or register to take the virtual study tour as a professional development course for graduate credits.

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Please register before the virtual tour start dates listed below:
  • Social Studies Virtual Study Tour: July 6 – July 29, 2021
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  • Learn about a variety of topics relevant to both contemporary Germany and the U.S./Canada.  
  • Engage in exchange and dialogue with German educators and experts.
  • Discover and be trained on digital teaching tools to use in the classroom.
  • Create a lesson plan or project on contemporary Germany to use during the upcoming school year.
  • Build connections with other educators across the U.S., Canada, and Germany.
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  • Social Studies Educators.
  • STEM Educators.
  • German Language Educators.
  • Anyone who wants to learn about Germany and connect with Germans.
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Educators can register to receive weekly information about study tour events and attend as they are able, or they can register to participate in the virtual study tour as a professional development course, eligible to apply for 3 hours of graduate credit. Educators can register for the STEM tour (June), the Social Studies tour (July), or both!
  • Participants who register to take the study tour as a professional development course will receive a package of TOP branded items to use during the course.
  • Participants who successfully complete the study tour will be eligible to apply for 3 hours of graduate credits from Millersville University.
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  • Each virtual tour will last four weeks with appointments on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
  • Each virtual tour will include 24 hours of face to face time or contact hours.
  • Tuesday and Thursday appointments, 11:00 AM EDT, will feature exchange meetings with Germans.
  • Wednesday appointments, 3:00 PM EDT, will feature curated professional development workshops led by US-based educators and TOP Alumni.
  • Meetings can be attended synchronously or viewed asynchronously.
  • All meetings will be held in English.
  • English subtitles will be available for most meetings for the hearing impaired.
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The requirements to complete the virtual study tour professional development course for a participation certificate and/or graduate credit are as follows:
  • Create one lesson plan / project to use during the upcoming school year OR lead one professional development workshop about TOP for other educators. Ideally, we'd like you to do both, but we will only require one or the other.
  • Lesson plans must be completed within 4 weeks after the end of the study tour. Workshops must be completed by December 1, 2021.
  • Agree to use the following platforms: Zoom, Google Classroom (private, not school account), Vimeo, other digital platforms used for trainings.
  • A Gmail account is required for Google Classrooms.
  • Optional: Where possible, TOP will post readings and videos for individual meetings which participants can explore to deepen their learning.
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