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K-12 Teacher Resources

K-12 resources for the classroom and professional development

The European Union Center is available to help educators present current information about the EU to their students. We offer a variety of resources to create lesson plans, use interactive technology to connect with Europeans and European experts, and bring the EU to your classroom and students. Please contact the EU Center for help in starting the search for European Union educational materials.

Teachers' Workshops
The EU Center offers a series of one-day workshops on the European Union for K-12 teachers.

Curricular Resources
Links to pedagogical materials on the European Union for all levels of instruction from Indiana University, across the U.S., and the EU. The European Union Center is also pleased to announce that it will be offering €1,000 teacher curriculum awards (currently worth approximately $1,300). To apply, please mail your application packet to the EU Center. The deadline is Friday, November 1, 2011.

Competitions for Students
The EU Center is excited to offer two competitions for students from Indiana and Ohio to encourage them to learn more about the EU.

  • Middle School Students: Students in grades 6-8 are encouraged to show their artistic side through the EU Center’s Middle School Poster Contest. Students can submit a poster (sized 8.5x14 inches) to the EU Center celebrating Europe Day or depicting ties between Europe and the U.S. The winning students’ class will receive educational materials worth €120 (currently about $150) for first place, €80 ($100) for second place, and €40 ($50) for third place.
  • High School Students: Students in grades 9-12 can enter in the High School Essay Competition. Students can submit an essay of up to 2,000 words answering the question: “Why does the EU matter for Midwesterners?” The winning students will receive for first place is €160 (currently about $200), second place is €120 ($150), and third place is €80 ($100).
To apply, please send the application materials by mail to the EU Center.  Submissions must be received by Friday, March 20, 2012.

Distance Learning
The EU Center develops two-way interactive video classes and special programs on European Union topics. A description of our standard presentation is available on the CILC website and we are happy to modify this presentation to meet your needs. For more information, please contact the EU Center.

The "Across the Pond" Blog features commentary on currents events dealing with the EU, its member states, and the relationship between the EU and the U.S. This blog is designed to explain to an American audience the workings of the EU and how this affects the U.S. and the Midwest.

Interactive EU Map
A web based game to help students locate the 27 EU members states. Created by the EU Center in 2011.

The EU Center, in collaboration with the IU Institute for European Studies, publishes a free newsletter, highlights activities at the center, and analyzes current trends in the EU. Articles are written by faculty, students, and alumni.

Euro Challenge
Organized by the European Union Delegation to the U.S. and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the Euro Challenge is an opportunity for teams of ninth and tenth graders to examine the EU and the euro. Student teams of three to five students are asked to make presentations answering specific questions about the European economy and the single currency, the euro. The EU Center is able to provide travel support to teams from Indiana. For more information, contact the EU Center.

Midwest Model EU
Organized by Prof. John McCormick at IUPUI, the Midwest Model EU is a chance for students to play the role of EU policy makers for three days in April. The EU Center is able to offer travel support for Indiana teams to attend the competition.

Audiovisual and Curriculum Lending Library
The Institute for European Studies (EURO), Russian and East European Institute (REEI), and Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center (IAUNRC) lend materials free of charge to users nationwide. The collection includes documentary programs designed for college and precollege-level audiences, as well as books, teaching aids and maps.

Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) Presentations
The EU Center, offeres interactive presentations on an array of topics related to Europe and the European Union. These presentations are free of charge and available upon request. To view available presentations or make requests, please visit

The EU Center, in collaboration with the IU Institute for European Studies (EURO), maintains a listserv to inform teachers about these and other opportunities. To join the educator listserv, simply click on Subscribe.

Many of these activities are funded through a grant to the EU Center provided by the European Union.

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