The Virginia Geographic Alliance promotes geo-literacy by providing effective professional development programs that enhance the teaching and learning of geography and that demonstrate the value of geographic knowledge and spatial thinking to educators, policy makers, and community members.

Our Vision:

The Virginia Geographic Alliance fosters and supports the enduring power of the geographic perspective in social, environmental and geospatial sciences as they develop in schools, universities, businesses, governments and communications media to advance geo-literacy. Acquiring geographic knowledge, skills and technologies enables people to become productive citizens and lifelong learners who

recognize the importance of place and local-to-global connections,
►understand changing human-environment interactions, and
►apply environmental and spatial perspectives in decision-making and problem-solving.


Latest News, Professional Development Opportunities,
and Teaching Resources

Brothers from Fairfax Participate in International Geography Bee

Rohil and Samik Bhinge (ages 14 and 13) got back last month from Berlin, Germany, where they represented the State of Virginia at the International … Continue reading

K-8 Art Contest on Polar Regions & Coral Reefs – Sept 2018

What do penguins and coral reefs have in common? Kids care about climate change drawing contest coming soon. Aim: To get as many primary and middle … Continue reading

AP Human Geography Academy 2018 announced

The theme for the next AP Academy is “Climate Change and Shifting Agricultural Patterns.” It will be held in the Richmond area September 28-30 and … Continue reading

#YouCanMapThat! a free online course coming this fall from VGA

#YouCanMapThat! is an instructor-led online course that will teach you beginner-intermediate skills and applications to weave ArcGIS Online into your classroom instruction. Modules in the … Continue reading

VCSS Conference in Roanoke this November

The 52nd Annual Conference of Virginia Social Studies Educators will be held in Roanoke, Virginia. Please save the date for November 2-3, 2018 at the … Continue reading

RU Global Conference & NatGeo Workshop – August 18

The third annual RU World Ready? Global Education Conference is on August 18, 2018 on the Radford campus in Peters Hall and Cook Hall. The … Continue reading

Ecology Project International announces professional development fellowships for 2019 programs

EPI’s Teacher Fellowships provide unique professional development opportunities for educators to collaborate with one another on real-world conservation projects and learn about EPI’s education framework in the field. … Continue reading


NCGE celebrates those who have made outstanding contributions to geography education. The following will receive their awards at NCGE’s annual meeting in Quebec City in … Continue reading

Geo-Inquiry Summer Institute

The Virginia Geographic Alliance is extending an invitation to schools in Virginia to send an educator interested in learning how to incorporate Geo-Inquiry into their … Continue reading

Winners of Virginia 2018 ArcGIS Online Competition Announced

The High School State Winner is Thomas Leckrone for Roads and Population in Central Virginia: A Journey Through Time and Space School: Albemarle High School. Teacher: … Continue reading

Call for Proposals: RU World Ready? 2018

If you would like to do a presentation at the RU World Ready? conference, go to the Call for Proposals link. Open for submissions until … Continue reading

Caleb Hines is winner of 2018 Virginia Geographic Bee

The 30th annual Virginia Finals of the National Geographic Bee was held April 6 at Longwood University in Farmville, VA. First place went to Caleb … Continue reading

Join the T3G Family

T3G began in 2009 as a one-week residential hands-on institute, helping educators (in K12, higher ed, and informal settings) grasp why and how to use … Continue reading

Summer workshops in geospatial technology

The National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence (GeoTech Center) will host four regional workshops in the summer of 2018. The workshops will be held in … Continue reading

The Virginia Council for the Social Studies is now seeking proposals for state conference in November

The Virginia Council for the Social Studies is now seeking proposals for the state conference in Roanoke (Nov 2 and 3, 2018). This year’s theme … Continue reading