Press Release

TOP Press Release © Goethe-Institut / Bernhard Ludewig


Washington, DC – 31 May 2019

This summer, an unprecedented number of social studies and STEM educators from the United States and Canada, 115 in total, will travel to Germany as fellows of the Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP) during the “Wunderbar Together” Year of German-American Friendship.

Based at the Goethe-Institut in Washington, DC, TOP provides North American educators of social studies and STEM subjects, as well as workforce decision makers, with classroom materials, workshops, virtual exchanges, and study tours. These bring North Americans and Germans together to enhance the global competence of students, to bridge the "skills gap" between education and workforce development, and to strengthen the grassroots bonds of the transatlantic partnership.
As a central part of its mission, TOP organizes study tours to Germany, providing educators with a nuanced and balanced view of this important international partner. These educators observe, discuss, and eventually implement information and best practices from Germany in their classrooms and communities in ways that can only be achieved through direct exchange. After an extensive review of 300 applications earlier this year, TOP has selected 115 study tour participants from all 50 U.S. states and 4 Canadian provinces.
Thanks to the additional support provided by the “Wunderbar Together” Year of German American Friendship, TOP will send two additional groups to Germany in 2019, for a total of eight. These two “wunderbar” groups include one additional study tour for STEM educators as well as a study tour for a completely new audience: technical and community college faculty.
While all eight study tours will explore the German apprenticeship model (duale Ausbildung), the study tour for technical and community college faculty will focus solely on this important topic, providing best-practice examples in Germany for more successful workforce development in the U.S. Additional study tour focus topics include the German education system, German and EU politics, sustainability, sustainable technologies and innovation, collective memory, corporate social responsibility, diversity, and much more.
Since 2002, over 1,600 educators have traveled to Germany as TOP Fellows.
TOP is a public/private partnership of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, the Goethe-Institut, Deutsche Bank, the Robert Bosch Stiftung, and the Siemens Corporation.
To discover more about TOP, please visit us online at or via Facebook / Instagram / Twitter @topteachgermany.

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