Transatlantic Outreach Program
The Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP) has recently published two new instructional strategy guides Let’s Explore Modern Germany (Elementary/Middle) and Germany in Focus (Secondary). The TOP teaching materials support social studies curriculum topics, provide the teacher with ready-to-use lesson plans, and provide students with practice related to social studies skills in the context of an intercultural approach. They model effective teaching strategies as well as social studies content and process skills.
The instructional strategy guides are designed such that the teacher may either integrate individual lessons or use them as a complete stand-alone unit. Social Studies and Common Core alignment guidelines are provided to assist with appropriate curriculum integration. Teachers can modify lessons to meet the needs, interests, and performance levels of students in their classrooms. Lessons range from activities designed for individual students to activities requiring student group collaboration.
In addition to these excellent resources, each summer TOP offers all-expenses paid study tours to Germany for U.S. and Canadian educators. (Social Studies teachers (grades K-12), Social Studies methods professors, curriculum coordinators, principals/assistant principals and applicable States’ Department of Education employees.)
TOP is a non-profit, public/private partnership between the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, the Goethe-Institut, Deutsche Bank, the Robert Bosch Stiftung, and the Siemens Corporation – was founded in 2002 to promote education about Germany, to encourage intercultural dialogue, and to provide the opportunity for North American social studies educators to experience Germany in person. TOP promotes awareness of Germany within the context of its education and political systems, vocational training, corporate social responsibility, environmental sustainability, culture, history, geography and more. Information about TOP can be found at www.goethe.de/top.