EU in NC Study Tours: K-12 & Community College Instructors

The “EU in NC” Study Tours are intensive, two-day professional development experiences for educators from across North Carolina. The tours included meetings, discussions, and interactive sessions with faculty experts on European and EU studies as well as with practitioners in the Triangle. Additional sessions are held on integrating content learned into the classroom.

The tours’ briefings follow two themes: “The EU Today: The European Union as a Global and Local Actor” and “The European Citizen: Issues facing the Contemporary European.” This opportunity provides K-12, community college and HBCU/MSI educators with in-depth knowledge of Europe critical for developing lesson plans and finding resources for teaching about contemporary Europe.

Study tour participants receive certification of two continuing education credits and approximately 20 hours of professional development, provided they complete the post-tour lesson plan and module creation.

All meals and hotel accommodations are provided for the nights of the tours. Travel support and funding to cover substitute teacher costs are available to selected applicants.

The Center for European Studies hosted two study tours in 2017, and one in January 2018. We are not currently accepting applications for future study tours, but please contact us with questions about resources for teaching on contemporary Europe.

These study tours are generously funded through a Jean Monnet Project of the European Union.
 

Resources: Past Programs and Lesson Plans

Held on May 18-19, this tour included community college and HBCU/MSI educators from across North Carolina.

The May 2017 program and educator lesson plans are publicly available. If you participated in the tour, you may also request access to the session resources.

Held on August 14-15, this tour included K-12 educators from across North Carolina.

The August 2017 program and educator lesson plans are publicly available. If you participated in the tour, you may also request access to the session resources.

Held on January 24-25, this tour included a mix of community college, HBCU/MSI and K-12 educators from across North Carolina.

The January 2018 program and educator lesson plans are publicly available. If you participated in the tour, you may also request access to the session resources.

View the Jean Monnet Project Appendix to the Teaching the EU Toolkits! The Appendix contains all of the resources created by educators, sorted by grade level/institution and type. Find what you need to teach about the EU, from a creative writing activity on the refugee crisis, to a Literature of the African Diaspora syllabus that includes units on Europe.
 

Reflections

CC & HBCU/MSI FACULTY ON THE MAY 18-19 STUDY TOUR

On the tour as a whole:
“I will recommend this tour to my Colleagues! Biggest take away: I have great ideas to help fully add an EU component to the courses for Global Scholar Program! Great Job!” – 2017 Participant

On the first session, 21st Century Varieties of Capitalism with John D. Stephens:
“This was excellent. I learned far more that I expected in such a short period of time. I’m especially appreciative of having such a knowledgeable presenter who puts things in context and offered exampled to clearly explain the content.” – 2017 Participant

 
People listening to a speaker in the Ackland Art Museum
Community college and HBCU/MSI faculty listen to a tour of European art at the Ackland Art Museum on May 19.
 
 
 
A picture of an EU in NC group
Educators outside the Varsity Theater on Franklin Street, before a screening of the documentary Fire at Sea.

 
 
 

A lecture given by John D. Stephens
John D. Stephens lectures on varieties of capitalism in the 21st century, and what it means for Europe.

Key Staff Members

John D. Stephens

CES Director

Katie Shanahan Lindner

CES Executive Director

Noel Bynum

International Education Program Coordinator

THIS STUDY TOUR IS FUNDED BY A GRANT FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION.