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.
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
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) has launched Native Knowledge 360° (NK360°), a national education initiative to promote improved teaching and learning … Continue reading
Imagery collected by satellites and drones is increasingly integrated into the decision-making process across many industries. The analysis of imagery is an efficient way to … Continue reading
The GeoCamp Iceland 2018 Institute is a graduate level equivalent short course in geographic inquiry and field methods. Iceland’s extraordinary and unique landscapes are our … Continue reading
Natural disasters have dramatically increased in frequency and intensity over the past few years. In this webinar Jeff Baranyi, operations manager for the Esri Public … Continue reading
TeachingAmericanHistory.org and Liberty Fund are proud to continue their series of weekend colloquia for social studies teachers. These weekend programs allow teachers of American history … Continue reading
The Virginia War Memorial has recently received a large number of DVD sets of their Virginians at War videos, with the goal of distributing them … Continue reading
Understanding Global Change: Free Workshop for Middle- and High-School Teachers at National Geographic in D.C.!
Join us at National Geographic headquarters on January 27th for a free workshop on global change! Please see the flyer attached, and register now as … Continue reading
Department of Geography at Texas State University invites input on proposed Online Master’s Program in Geography Education.
Injeong Jo, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Texas State University, invites Alliance members to participate in a survey regarding the Online Master’s … Continue reading
The National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) is partnering with the International Geographical Union (IGU) and the Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG) for the 2018 … Continue reading
Travel with the Virginia Geographic Alliance to Barbados, West Indies during June 2018 on a week-long experiential professional development field experience. Competitive travel scholarships are … Continue reading
Who? K-12 Educators in Virginia What? ArcGIS Online FREE Teacher Hands-on-Teacher Institute When? Saturday, November 18, 2017 (Basics, account set up) and Saturday December 2, … Continue reading
Earlier this month, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos proposed new priorities for doling out funds through existing discretionary grant programs, including a proposed priority for … Continue reading
The author team of Chris Bunin, Christine Esposito (both VGA members), Barbaree Duke, and Anita Palmer presents a text for pre-service teachers designed to guide educators through … Continue reading
A teacher’s workshop, sponsored by the VGA, to be held at Northern Virginia Community College Loudoun Campus on December 2, 2017. Free for Virginia educators. … Continue reading