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

Deadline extended until May 8


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

Texas State University announces online Masters and PhD programs in Geographic Education

The following programs are scheduled to begin in Fall 2020. Scholarships are available. Masters in Applied Geography (Geographic Education) Scholarships with Out-of-state Tuition Waivers Available … Continue reading

Podcast on legacy of pandemics in the Americas

Dr. W. George Lovell, Professor of Geography at Queens University in Ontario, Canada and Visiting Professor in Latin American History at the Universidad Pablo de … Continue reading

FREE PD – #YouCanMapThat: Using GIS to Enhance the Classroom

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 … Continue reading

Online Course: The Where of Why: GIS in the Humanities Classroom

VGA members Chris Bunin and Christine Esposito are working with the National Humanities Center to offer professional development that carries 35 professional development hours. The … Continue reading

Esri Now Offering Students Access to Software at No-Cost

Esri is committed to supporting students and educators amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) college and university closures. As part of our continued efforts, Esri … Continue reading

National Geographic Learn at Home Resources

Classroom Resources: National Geographic Education Resource Library contains thousands of items like photographs, lessons, units, videos, articles, and much more that can be filtered by … Continue reading

VGA Webinars support remote teaching using ArcGIS Online

The VGA GIS team shared a series of webinars this week to support remote teaching and learning of history and geography via ArcGIS Online: Teaching … Continue reading

Esri offers Mapping Hour, free instructional videos for ArcGIS Online

Mapping Hour is a free set of 20 informal one-hour instructional videos about ArcGIS Online for parents and teachers, with chunks that scaffold concepts and skills … Continue reading

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