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

Join National Geographic’s Explorers Festival Challenge

National Geographic Education has an exciting opportunity for you to get your students involved with exploration! Check out (and sign up for!) our Explorers Festival … Continue reading

VGA Cuba Field Study, July 10-22, 2017

A VGA-sponsored trip for teachers to Cuba will be led by Johnny Finn. Apply soon, as slots will fill quickly. Find more information, including fees, … Continue reading

Anish Susarla, Belmont Ridge Middle School, Leesburg, wins State Geography Bee

After a grueling tiebreaker round in the Championship Round of the Virginia State Geography Bee, Anish Susarla from Leesburg took first place. It took 29 … Continue reading

Registration now open for 2017 Summer Institute for Teachers at Stratford Hall

Historic and Geographic perspectives: Slavery in Virginia 1607 – 1758 will be held July 26 – 29, 2017 at Stratford Hall, Virginia. The Summer Institute is sponsored by the … Continue reading

Bob and Susan return from the Antarctic

We are working on some slideshows, but here are some samples of photos:

2017 Virginia Conference for Social Studies Educators now accepting proposals

If you are interested in presenting at the 2017 Virginia Conference for Social Studies Educators at the Richmond Marriott Hotel in Richmond, Virginia on November 3-4, … Continue reading

You Decide: Presidential Decisions Brings Interactive Experience to the Classroom

Check out You Decide: Presidential Decisions, an interactive experience in which students take on the role of the President of the United States and make complex … Continue reading

New Nat Geo Grants Website Is Live

Nat Geo’s new grants website is finally live and ready for applications! Here is the current information about our new education grants. National Geographic education … Continue reading

SUMMER 2017 TEACHERS INSTITUTE: Montréal and Ottawa: June 25-30

2017 marks the 375th anniversary of the founding of Montréal, and the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation! On behalf of the Northeast National Resource Center … Continue reading

Monticello Archaeology Teacher Workshops – July 18th and 19th

Join Monticello archaeologists for a one-day workshop on July 18th or 19th from 8:00am – 5:00pm. Participants in each session will engage in archaeological field … Continue reading

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: Putting Social Studies in its Place

Putting Social Studies in its Place is a FREE Online Instructor-led 5-week Professional Development Program that will teach you to: Access and utilize over 45 classroom-ready 15-Minute GeoInquiries for US History, … Continue reading

NEW NCGE AWARD for Creativity in Teaching!

NCGE announces a newly established award, The Brunn Creativity Award for Outstanding Teaching of Geography. This award honors outstanding elementary, middle, and high school teachers … Continue reading

Council on Geographic Names Authorities (COGNA) Conference, Richmond May 8-12

 THE OLD DOMINION & BEYOND Four Hundred Years of Settlement and Naming Hosted by The Virginia Board on Geographic Names and to be held at … Continue reading


Library of Virginia | Saturday, April 29, 2017 “Richmond, Evolution of a City” is the topic of the 14th annual Alan M. and Nathalie P. … Continue reading

You can help the National Humanities Center develop instructional materials on Vietnam

Why did America find itself fighting in Southeast Asia in the 1960s? What are the critical factors for the eventual outcome of the Vietnam War? … Continue reading