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

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

New Education Grants Available from NGS – Initial Deadline is January 30

The National Geographic Society will begin offering new education-focused grants to individual educators in 2017! Grants will be awarded quarterly. However, we particularly encourage educators … Continue reading

Fulbright Program for U.S. K-12 Educators

Announcing the launch of the 2017 Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program Online Application for K-12 educators! Teachers may travel to Botswana, Colombia, India, Mexico, the … Continue reading

Exploring Manifest Destiny workshop

Free teacher workshop: Exploring Manifest Destiny from Multiple Viewpoints for District of                       Columbia, Maryland and Virginia teachers from grades 9-12 When:            Wednesday, January 11, … Continue reading

Online teacher’s institute, Primarily Virginia, starts the end of January

Primarily Virginia is an online course designed for teachers to explore Virginia’s past by examining objects and primary sources. These pieces of the past will be … Continue reading

2017 NCGE Conference Early Bird Registration now open

Connect with education leaders from around the world at the 2017 National Conference on Geography Education, which will take place on July 27-30, 2017 in … Continue reading

Judith Painter to participate in Earth Hackathon 2016

VGA member and Nat Geo certified teacher Judith Painter has been selected to participate in Earth Hackathon 2016, an event sponsored by National Geographic and … Continue reading

VGA awarded $20,000 Library of Congress “Teaching with Primary Sources” Grant

The Virginia Geographic Alliance is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $20,000 Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources grant to help … Continue reading

Applications Now Being Accepted for the 2017 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program

Looking for a professional development opportunity to take you to places like the Galapagos, Arctic Svalbard, Alaska, and Antarctica? Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Society’s … Continue reading

NCGE announces GeoCamp Iceland 2017

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

ME ON THE MAP: A Song and Lesson Plan for Geography Educators

Brady Rymer, a twice Grammy nominated children’s musician, recently released a music video for his song “Me on the Map.” The song from Brady Rymer … Continue reading