Competition information

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.

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Latest News, Professional Development Opportunities,
and Teaching Resources

Placing Primary Sources: best practice historical GIS Story Maps now available

Recognizing the many ways GIS can enhance classroom teaching, VGA assembled a team of practicing teachers to create a series of best practice historical GIS … Continue reading

2019 Chesapeake Institute accepting applications

 2019 Chesapeake Bay Institute:  An Interconnected System.  Today, Tomorrow, and Into the Future The three-day institute (July 9 – 12, 2019) will take place at … Continue reading

Judith Painter returns from Antarctic

Participating in a National Geographic fellowship program for teachers, Judith Painter spent 14 days on an expedition to the Antarctic. Read more in this Roanoke … Continue reading

2019 NCGE Call for Proposals

2019 conference proposals are now being accepted for the 2019 NCGE Annual Meeting, November 22-24, 2019, at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. Proposal … Continue reading

GeoCamp Iceland 2019

Explore Iceland’s changing landscapes and diverse environments, July 7-14, 2019. The institute is a graduate-level equivalent, short course in geographic inquiry and field methods for … Continue reading

NCGE to become national facilitator for geographic alliances

Alliance Coordinators and Leaders, In an effort to enable the state geography alliances to continue to support the teachers in your states, NCGE has been … Continue reading

PD Scholarships for K-12 Geography Educators

What: 2019 Educator Academy in the Amazon Professional Development When: July 1-11, 2019 Scholarships: $1250 Amazon Workshops Scholarships for K-12 Educators Application Deadline: February 1, … Continue reading

How GIS is making geography more meaningful for both students and teachers

Read Chris Bunin‘s article “More than Capitals, Rivers, and Climate Maps” published online by Esri, in print in the October 2018 issue of Virginia Journal … Continue reading

AAG and Esri presents GEOGRAPHY: The Science of Our World

GEOGRAPHY: The Science of Our World. https://www.geography.com/. This is a new (2018) site developed by a collaboration between the American Association of Geographers and Esri. Check it out for … Continue reading

New Google Earth Voyager on Gerrymandering

Judith Painter, Andrew Lewis Middle School, Salem, and Micah Shippee of Syracuse, NY, have co-authored a Google Earth Voyager on gerrymandering. Simplified and great for … Continue reading

ArcGIS Online FREE hands-on teacher workshop

An introduction to ArcGIS Online for interested teachers from all grade levels and subjects. Learn how to use the power of GIS to maximize student learning. Certificates … Continue reading

Teaching with Primary Sources Symposium in Charlottesville, Nov.8

Nearly 100 years ago on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month the guns and cannons along the Western Front stopped … Continue reading

Workshop: Placing Primary Sources

Because everything occurs in time and space Secondary social studies and government teachers explore ways to integrate the innovative products of a collaborative grant with … Continue reading

Taking AGO to the Next Level

For teachers who have previously attended an ArcGIS online training (face-to-face or virtual) workshop. Refresh your skills—story mapping, clustering point data, collaborative maps, and special … Continue reading

Free Webinar–Learn about M.A.G.I.C. for Schools: Maps Are Great In Class

An introduction to ArcGIS Online for schools and clubs, sponsored by Esri. Thursday, October 25th 8:00pm – 9:00pm For more information and registration, go to https://www.directionsmag.com/webinar/8157


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