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


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

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

Explore our World with ArcGIS Online: two fall teacher institutes

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

Geography on Priority List for Federal Competitive Grants – Action Requested!

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

“GIS for Teachers” is here!

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

“Migration and Refuges in the Modern World”

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

VCSSE – Early Registration extended to Oct. 9

The deadline to receive the early registration rate of $150.00 for attending the Virginia Conference for Social Studies Educators in Richmond, Virginia on November 3-4, … Continue reading

Volunteers needed to help at State GeoBee, April 2018

VGA members, come spend the day with our future Virginia geographers and be amazed! Friday, April 6, 2018, marks the 30th anniversary of National Geographic’s … Continue reading

New GeoInquiries™ from Esri for a new school year!

Esri introduces the new GeoInquiries for Mathematics, American Literature, and World History.  GeoInquiry collections are also available for Earth Science, AP Human Geography, US History, … Continue reading

National Humanities Center to host workshop on the use of GIS in the humanities classroom

The National Humanities Center will be hosting a 2-day training on the use of geospatial technologies (GIS) in the humanities classroom on November 9-10, 2018. … Continue reading

John Finn: Better relations between U.S., Cuba helps both countries

In an Op-Ed in the Sept. 3 Virginian Pilot, Johnny Finn (Christopher Newport University, Newport News) discusses the experiences and insights gained from the VGA-sponsored … Continue reading

VGA giant floor map showcased at Radford’s Global Education Conference

Almost 200 current and future educators attended the second annual RU World Ready? Global Education Conference at Radford University, on Aug. 19. The  day-long event … Continue reading

Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants

National Geographic will continue growing their Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants program this year. September through December are going to be packed with … Continue reading

Thinking about volunteering to be a Nat Geo Educator Certification – Phase 1 Trainer?

For VGA members who have earned NGS certified educator status. Here’s what trainer Anne Lewis has to say about her experiences:Anne: “I am more determined than … Continue reading

Winners of the 2017 Virginia ArcGIS Online Competition announced

The Virginia Geographic Alliance is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2017 Virginia ArcGIS Online Competition. Students used organizational ArcGIS accounts to create dynamic … Continue reading