New speaker series:  The Legacy of Redlining

Supported by the Virginia Geographic Alliance & New American History in partnership with Christopher Newport University
Debuts December 2 and December 9 (Registration required)


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

2021 Virginia Map Competition

Showcase the work of your students using an Esri Organizational Account! 2021 Virginia Map Competition: What’s in my Watershed? Possible topics include geological characteristics, flora … Continue reading

New Winter 2020 speaker series: The Legacy of Redlining

The Virginia Geographic Alliance & New American History proudly support a new speaker series:  The Legacy of Redlining, in partnership with Christopher Newport University Registration … Continue reading

See results of 5th Annual VA BioBlitz

The 5th Annual VA BioBlitz, sponsored by Longwood University, continues to promote an appreciate for BioDiversity across the state. The most recent observations from this … Continue reading

Explorer Classroom: new showtime intended for PreK-3rd grade learners

Explorer Classroom has a new showtime intended for PreK-3rd grade learners each Monday at 11AM EST! You can join live, 30-minute shows on YouTube with a … Continue reading

The 2020 An Atlas of Virginia Teachers’ Edition and Interactive Digital Atlas site license now available

The 2020  3rd edition of An Atlas of Virginia Teachers’ Edition and Interactive Digital Atlas 1-year site license is now available for purchase at $200 … Continue reading

September Steering Committee Meeting

The September 26th Steering Committee Meeting will remain a virtual meeting on Zoom. We hope you can participate as we continue to navigate challenging times. … Continue reading

National Geographic Society awards grant of nearly $50,000 to a team of Albemarle County Public Schools educators

According to an Albemarle County Public Schools news release, “the grant awarded to ACPS will put Charlottesville at the center of understanding how to use … Continue reading

Asia for Educators

Asia for Educators is a program for K-12 educators offered by Columbia University. They are announcing a new geography unit online to support teachers. East Asia … Continue reading

The Where of Why: GIS in the Humanities Classroom. Next Session Starts September 14, 2020

Humanities in Class Online Courses from the National Humanities Center Earn Professional Development Credits Often, when teaching about historical events, there is an over-emphasis on … Continue reading

Newly available resource: African-Americans in the Atlantic world of the 1700s

Liberty, Race and Slavery in British North America in the Age of the Enlightenment In the light of the Black Lives Matter movement in the … Continue reading

NOAA publishes Environmental Literacy Program (ELP) Community Resilience Education Theory of Change

Environmental Literacy Program (ELP) Community Resilience Education Theory of Change This publication outlines the conceptual framework for the ways in which community resilience education can … Continue reading

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