Below you will find information in the Brussels EU Visit Program as well as on our Curriculum Development Grants
Teachers in Brussels EU Visit Program
The Center for West European Studies is pleased to be able to offer, thanks to the support of the a federal Title VI funding, 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.
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 or CWES workshop and educators who have or demonstrate the capacity and incentive to teach the importance of the EU in world affairs in their classroom.
Curriculum Development Grants
The Jean Monnet Center 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 Center. 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 Jean Monnet Center 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, ATTN: Tess Ames, Box 353650, Seattle, WA 98195.