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

Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship: Several 2024 Expedition Itineraries available

The National Geographic Society has partnered with Lindblad Expeditions to send educators out into the field around the world to learn, create, connect, and explore! … Continue reading

VGA-supported course from the National Humanities Center

The Where of Why: GIS in the Humanities Classroom Professional Development Hours: Fall/Spring six-week course: 35 Summer one-week course: 25 Registration: FREE Note: Spring Session: … Continue reading

GeoCivics Summer Academy June 13-22, 2024 in Washington, DC

Greetings from Tempe, Arizona! We are seeking applicants for our grant-funded, place-based teacher summer academy!  Applications accepted until Dec. 5, 2023 GeoCivics Summer Academy: Civic Engagement & … Continue reading

Living Apart: Redlining–An exhibition

Johnny Finn’s exhibition on the on-going impacts of racist housing policies in the U.S. has just opened in the James Wise Gallery on the campus … Continue reading

The 2024 Hampton Roads Social Justice Conference

A call has just been issued for participants in the 2024 Hampton Roads Social Justice Conference, taking place April 9-10, 2024 on the campus of … Continue reading

LOC online workshop, August 8

Join the Library of Congress ‘Professional Learning and Outreach Initiatives’ and ‘Geography & Maps Division’ for Maps in the Classroom! August 8, 2023 at 3 … Continue reading

One Day GIS Workshop (July 13)

Using GIS to Enhance Classroom Instruction (One Day Workshop) Interested in learning how to use Geospatial (GIS) technologies and activities in your classroom instruction?  Please … Continue reading

FREE PD – Learn Classroom GIS, Earn Gift Card

The Virginia Geographic Alliance is excited to offer the online 8-hour professional development workshop, #YouCanMapThat: Using GIS to Enhance the Classroom.  It is open to grades K-12 faculty and … Continue reading

Angie Donner and Ginny Corbett winners of Esri K-12 Teacher Video Challenge

Angie Donner and Ginny Corbett are the most recent winners of the Esri K–12 Teacher Video Challenge. They teach middle school students in Chesapeake, Virginia. … Continue reading

April 1st VGA Steering Committee

Our next Steering Committee meeting is on Saturday, April 1st at Christopher Newport University’s Torggler Center.  Breakfast is at 9:30 and the meeting will be from 10:00 … Continue reading


Due to popular demand, NCGE has reopened the 2023 GeoCamp applications. A limited number of spots are available and are on a first-come-first-serve basis. Don’t … Continue reading

NCGE’s GeoCamp Amazon–Trip Date Change and Deadline Extended

New Dates: July 22 – July31, 2023. APPLICATIONS deadline extended to MARCH 17, 2023. NCGE and Jamazon Journeys have partnered to offer exceptional professional development for … Continue reading

Carstensen International Study Scholarship established at Virginia Tech

Tom Crawford, Chair of the Geography Department at Virginia Tech, has sent the following message to his colleagues: “I have great news to share with … Continue reading

K-12 Educator Fellowship offered again by Virginia Humanities

Virginia Humanities announces its second year of running the K-12 Educator Fellowship. They are currently seeking six educators to join a new K-12 Fellowship scheduled … Continue reading

Scholarship applications for VA Educators currently teaching are now available for two NCGE field experiences

Scholarship applications for VA Educators currently teaching are now available for the following NCGE field experiences: GeoCamp Iceland and GeoCamp Amazon. Please select ONE of … Continue reading