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Educator Resources

High school Model EU 1The US/DE National Resource Centers and the EU European Union Center of Excellence programs emphasize teacher training, and CWES and EUCE further this objective by organizing a wide array of events and providing resources for K-12 educators. Workshops and events for social studies teachers, art teachers, language teachers and their students are offered throughout the year, with special educator events being linked to all our major academic conferences. Washington state clock hours are usually available for attending JSIS-sponsored educator events. The Centers make available teaching curricula and develop original teaching resources to tie into our educator programs.

High school Model EU 2Local teacher Gordon Erdman has used his experience with EU Center programs to put on a Model EU simulation for his high school students.




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Washington State Council for the Social Studies - Chelan conference

Each year the National Resource Centers at the Jackson School of International Studies send presenters to the Chelan conference at Campbell's Resort hosted by the Washington State Council for the Social Studies and attended by registered teachers. This year the conference will be held on March 6-8, 2015 and the Center for West European Studies is pleased to co-sponsor the following speaker for the event:

The Country for a Chocolate King: Ukraine and Its Struggle for Democracy

Beginning in November, 2013, protesters filled the streets of Kyiv demanding human rights and rule of law. The civil unrest lasted for over three months until then president Viktor Yanukovych fled the country, leaving many casualties and Ukraine's capital, Kyiv, overrun with barricades of tires and burnt-out buses. However, before the country had a chance to recover, Russia annexed Crimea and Ukraine found itself in military conflict in its eastern regions that is ongoing today.

This talk, led by Christi Anne Hofland from the Jackson School of International Studies, will explore the role of culture and civil society in the Ukraine crisis and explain what chocolate has to do with Ukraine’s efforts towards democratization in the face of overwhelming challenges.

Christi Anne Hofland is a graduate student of International Studies at the Ellison Center of Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies, University of Washington. Her research focuses on the role of culture in social movements. She spent the summer of 2014 as the Public Affairs intern at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, where she worked closely with Ukrainian artists and museum professionals as they responded to the nation's current events.

The talk is sponsored by the Center for West European Studies, the Center for Global Studies and the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.

Annual Teachers Workshop - Policy Forum for Educators

The EU Policy Forum for Educators, begun in 1999, is an annual, day-long policy forum for K-14 educators organized by the Center for West European Studies. Each summer, the EU Summer Teachers Workshop series involves approximately 20 K-14 educators in addressing contemporary European and transatlantic issues.
Past EU and EU-US workshop themes have included the challenges of globalization, the future of the EU, European environmentalism, and European security and defense. The workshop provides K-14 educators with training and curriculum materials to address these themes in their classes. More than 300 educators have participated over the course of the last 15 years.

The annual teachers workshop is usually held in August, and is an excellent opportunity for middle school, high school, and community college educators to learn about the events and challenges facing Europe today.

More information is available on the workshop website, here.

The registration fee includes 6 clock hours, parking, teaching materials, and lunch. Clock hours are only available to teachers who attend the full six hours of the workshop. Priority registration goes to full-time educators.

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Teachers in Brussels EU Visit Program
June 15-20, 2014

The EU Center of Excellence of Seattle is pleased to be able to offer, thanks to the support of the European Union, grants allowing up to two high school teachers from the Pacific Northwest to participate in a visit program to learn about exciting new changes in today's Europe. Grants include airfare to and from Brussels, five nights hotel, and some meals. Grantees will also be eligible to receive an additional $250 payment for creating a curricular activity on the EU based on their experiences in Brussels.

The EU Visit Program in Brussels is coordinated by the Network of European Union Centers in the United States and includes the participation of centers from around the country. The dates of the program are formulated to meet the scheduling needs of students and teachers from across the US, as well as the program's hosts in Brussels.The five-day visit in Brussels for US High School teachers and university undergraduates will include site visits to the EU Commission, European Parliament, and other Brussels-based institutions.


Why Brussels?

An eclectic mix of Flemish and French with the energy of a major international city, Brussels, Belgium, represents modern Europe. The world capital of chocolate is also, since 1957, the capital of the European Union and home to most of the EU institutions.

The EU, one of the most important trade partners to the US, currently has 28 member states and is a supranational entity that shares power between an non-nationally-affiliated commissioners, elected officials from member states, and directly elected European Parliamentarians. A visit to Brussels brings to life the accomplishments and challenges that Europe has faced in uniting 28 member countries through treaties, economic policies, and a common currency and where it is going in the 21st century.

Priority will be given to full-time high school teachers who have participated in an EUCE of Seattle workshop and educators who have or demonstrate the capacity and incentive to teach the importance of the EU in world affairs in their classroom.

The deadline for applications to the 2014 EU Visit program is April 25, 2014. The application can be downloaded here.

Applications should be sent to:

EU Center of Excellence
ATTN: Teachers in Brussels
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195

or emailed to

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Curriculum Development Grants

The EU Center of Excellence of Seattle will offer curriculum development grants of up to $250 to full-time educators from any subject area, including but not limited to social studies, world languages, language arts, math, and science, who submit a curricular activity or lesson plan on the EU to the EUCE. The lessons can be a full unit, a one-day lesson, or sets of activities involving the EU that could be incorporated into a lesson on another topic. Pending funding, the EUCE of Seattle anticipates offering six such grants beginning in summer 2009 in conjunction with our professional development activities. Please note that this is a competitive award and submissions are not guaranteed an award. Submissions will be reviewed by a committee and evaluated based on the criteria outlined below.

Priority will be given to:

  • activities and plans that indicate the relevance and importance of the EU in world affairs
  • activities and plans that meet state and national standards
  • activities and plans that have been tested in a classroom
  • activities and plans that are well-developed, well-written and that will be easy for another educator to incorporate into his or her curriculum plans
  • full-time educators who have participated in an EUCE of Seattle workshop
  • documents submitted by August 1, 2015
  • US citizens or permanent residents
  • K-12 Teachers, teachers in training, school librarians, curriculum coordinators, or other district staff responsible for curriculum

Curricular activities and plans will:

  • become property of the EUCE of Seattle, and may be edited by our staff
  • remain your intellectual work for which you will be credited
  • be made available to the public through various distribution methods

For examples of curricula, see:

To submit a proposal, fill out an application (downloadable in PDF format) and send it to the European Union Center of Excellence via email as an attachment with "Educator Curriculum Proposal" in the subject line or via regular mail to: European Union Center of Excellence, ATTN: Eva Dunn, Box 353650, Seattle, WA 98195.

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Listed below are some web resources on Europe that may be of interest to teachers:


Visit our links page for resources on the EU and individual EU member countries.


A comprehensive one-stop resource for teaching international and area studies and foreign languages in the precollegiate classroom.

European Association of Teachers:

The European Association of Teachers is an organisation promoting understanding of EU issues amongst educators in all member states. It has a network of more than 25,000 teachers, heads, inspectors and officials, from nursery to university level.

Center for Spanish Studies:

The Center for Spanish Studies is a joint initiative of the University of Washington, the Education Office of the Embassy of Spain and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

French culture and education in the USA

Goethe Institut Transatlantic Outreach Program:

Instructional resources, teacher training, and study tours on modern Germany and Europe.

Teach Europe:

The Teach Europe program offers yearly workshop seminars intending to provide participants with fair and updated information about the European Union, its multicultural nature, its economy, role and impact on today's world, and its relations with the United States.


The EU at a glance.

Euro Challenge:

A national competition for high schoolers, in which teams of students create and give presentations on the European economy and the single European currency, as well as on economic problems of individual states in the Euro zone.

European Union Visitors Program:

The European Union Visitors Program (EUVP) invites young, promising leaders from countries outside the European Union to visit Europe to gain a first-hand appreciation of the EU's goals, policies and peoples and to increase mutual understanding between professionals from non-EU countries and their EU counterparts.

European Union Teaching Resources:

Teaching resources from the Delegation of the European Union Commission to the USA, broken down by target age group.


A virtual EU legislature simulation designed for university, community college, and high school AP/Government courses.

The Global Schoolhouse:

The Global Schoolhouse is a virtual meeting place where educators, students, parents and community members can collaborate, interact, develop, publish and discover learning resources.

Delegation of the EU to the US lesson plans:

The European Union Delegation to the United States is pleased to announce a new series of 10 free online lesson plans about the EU designed by educators to support History and Social Sciences curricula in the United States, primarily for grades 9-12. Each lesson is accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation and can be used as a stand-alone lesson or in combination with others.

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Center for West European Studies
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Box 353650
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-3650
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