Virginia 2020 ArcGIS Competition theme announced: 
“How has the use of resources impacted the lives of Virginians?”


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

VGA makes new digital Atlas of Virginia available to public schools free of charge through June 30, 2020

An Atlas of Virginia -3rd edition  BETA Now available for free to all K12 Public Schools through June 30, 2020 In an effort to support teachers … Continue reading

Reuters coronavirus maps, graphs, and charts

Reuters has published several maps, graphs and charts tracing the growth in number of coronavirus cases in the US and across the globe. Go to:

Applications open for APHG Teacher Delegation to South Korea 2020

The 2020 Delegation of APHG teachers will depart for South Korea on June 24 on the trans-Pacific flight in the afternoon or evening for a … Continue reading

Scholarships for NCGE GeoCamp Iceland 2020

Four $3000 Scholarships for Virginia teachers are available. Please consult the NCGE site for details and an on-line application. VGA will coordinate the acceptance process … Continue reading

Virginia History Day Opportunities

The following webinars will be offered in November and early December:

Judith Painter receives Nat Geo Explorer Grant

Judith Painter and colleague Sarah Gerrol (engineering and Tech teacher at Andrew Lewis Middle School in Salem) received a Nat Geo Explorer Grant in August. … Continue reading

Registration open for NCSS conference in Austin, TX: Nov. 22-24

The National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE), the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), and the Texas Council for the Social Studies (TCSS)  invite you … Continue reading

National Consortium for Teaching About Asia offers workshops in NoVa

The following Saturday workshops will be presented for secondary teachers: December 14, 2019: Teaching about Contemporary China through Youth Culture and Contemporary Social Issues. February … Continue reading

NCGE to offer GeoCamp Iceland again, June 23-July 3, 2020

The NCGE-GeoCamp Iceland Institute is a graduate-level equivalent, short course in geographic inquiry and field methods for in-service teachers and education professionals. Iceland’s extraordinary and … Continue reading

Registration for the 2019-2020 GeoChallenge is now open

The National Geographic GeoChallenge is a project-based, multilevel competition that empowers students in grades four through eight to develop creative solutions to today’s urgent environmental … Continue reading

Richmond City Planning: Evolution Through Maps–LVA Fall Map Lecture, November 2

Datathon 2019 scheduled for Oct 3 and 4

Equity in Education Datathon will be held at Library of Virginia. Participants will take new and existing data sets and turn them into actionable information … Continue reading

2019 AP Human Geography Academy

The Virginia Geographic Alliance will host our annual AP Human Geography Academy at Christopher Newport University on October 11-13, 2019.  The theme of this year’s … Continue reading

Winners of 2019 Virginia ArcGIS Map Competition Selected

The winners in the High School division are Amelia Schmidt and Tyna Hesser, The Effect of Urbanization in Northern Virginia (, Fairfax High School (teacher Jason Smolinski). … Continue reading

Upcoming Institute: Troops to Teachers: Helping Communities and Classrooms Understand the Military Experience

The National Humanities Center has received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities for our project titled Troops to Teachers: Helping Communities and Classrooms … Continue reading