LEESBURG, GA (WALB) - During the month of July, 100 social studies and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers from the United States and Canada traveled to Germany as fellows of the Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP).
Of the hundreds who applied in 2017, Brian Soash, from Lee County Middle School West Campus, was one of 100 educators selected for the two-week tour.
Though each tour is different, highlights of TOP Fellowships typically include VIP access to German elementary and high schools, vocational schools, corporations, manufacturers, NGOs, cultural venues, policy makers, historical sites, and much more.
The Transatlantic Outreach Program helps social studies and STEM teachers in the United States and Canada teach about contemporary Germany so that young people are exposed to a nuanced and balanced view of this important international partner.
Based at the Goethe-Institute in Washington, DC, the TOP team promotes education, dialogue, and experience on topics such as the German school system, German and EU politics, sustainability projects, and corporate social responsibility, as well as culture, history, and geography.
In addition to the study tours, TOP creates and distributes teaching materials addressing topics on current-day Germany that are designed for use in social studies and STEM classes. TOP also supports hundreds of professional development workshops each year across the United States and Canada to help teachers learn more about Germany and incorporate TOP's instructional materials into their lessons.
To learn more about the Transatlantic Outreach Program, you can visit their website here.
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