Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Instructional Resources

In front of the Reichstag, Summer 2019 © Bernhard Ludewig / Goethe-Institut

TOP Alumni Competition

The Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP) invites all TOP Alumni to participate in a competition for diverse, equitable, and inclusive inquiry-based lesson plans on contemporary Germany.

Just like you, we - the TOP Team - are approaching the 2020-21 school year with not only a fair amount of exhaustion but also with excitement for the opportunities to be seized ahead. History is serving up some of its biggest “teachable moment” waves and it is our opportunity to figure out how to navigate them, together. Through this competition, it is our hope and intent that you – the TOP Alumni – will work either individually or perhaps even collaboratively to author inquiry-based resources, which will augment the diversity, equity, and inclusivity of your classroom instruction.

This competition is open to all TOP Alumni (educators who have traveled to Germany with TOP in the past).


Winning submissions will be published in a future TOP resource, which will reach thousands of educators in the United States and Canada, and winning authors will receive $500 (each) for their submission.

Criteria and Guidelines

Submissions may be based on one of the following options:

View the recent virtual TOP study tour webinar "Black Lives Matter: A Transatlantic Discussion About The Movement In The German Context" and create a in inquiry-based lesson on some aspect of this content.

Revise an existing TOP Lesson: Review TOP's instructional resources "Let's Explore Modern Germany" and/or "Germany in Focus" and submit specific revisions to an existing lesson/inquiry to make it more diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

Author a new TOP Lesson: Review TOP instructional resources "Let's Explore Modern Germany" and/or "Germany in Focus" and author a completely new inquiry to supplement the existing ones, which will make the resource as a whole more diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

  • Participants may submit multiple lesson plans for consideration in the competition.
  • Both STEM and social studies inquiries will be accepted.
  • Submissions must be designed as inquiry-based lessons and authors must use the provided inquiry templates below.
  • Submissions must include several learning goals connected to contemporary Germany.

Inquiry Guides and Templates
Submission Process

Inquiries must be completed using the provided social studies or STEM inquiry template and must be submitted as a Word document.


Submissions must be received by Wednesday, September 30, 2020.

E-mail Address for Inquiries and Submission