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

Explorer Imprint is launching!

Through mentorship, play, & responding to the unique needs of young learners, we aim to imprint exploration on the hearts of students in PreK-2nd grade … Continue reading

CEUTTSS Educators Conference at Virginia Tech, Dec 4-5

First Annual Fall K-12 Educators’ Conference will be offered by the Center for European Union, Transatlantic & Trans-European Space Studies (CEUTTSS), a European Union Jean Monnet Center … Continue reading

Online PhD program in Geography Education

Texas State University wishes to announce the availability of a 100% Online PhD program in Geography Education. This academic program could prepare teachers for careers … Continue reading

Virginia Museum of History & Culture: Upcoming Virtual Summer Teachers Institute

July 26 – July 30, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM Participate in this week-long digital professional development to earn re-certification points while exploring the history … Continue reading

Free Workshop: #YouCanMapThat: Using GIS to Enhance the Classroom. June 22 and 23

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

Virtual Panel Discussion with Virginia’s Attorney General on Race and Segregation: May 11

There will be a virtual panel discussion happening at 6pm on May 11 on the topic of Racial Segregation: What are the solutions? Where do we … Continue reading

US-German professional fellowship opportunity & invitation to events

The Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University and the Association of German Educational Organizations recently launched a new project, the Transatlantic Exchange of … Continue reading

National Geographic recruiting educators for focus group

National Geographic is recruiting educators to participate in a focus group about our Virtual Field Trips and other programming for students. We are looking for … Continue reading

CEUTTSS Webinar on US-EU Relations: March 17, 2021

CEUTTSS, Center for European Union, Transatlantic & Trans-European Space Studies (at European Union Jean Monnet Center of Excellence at Virginia Tech) announces a webinar for high … Continue reading

NCGE GeoCamp Iceland 2021

JUNE 30-JULY 8 Explore Iceland’s changing landscapes and diverse environments for nine magical days while earning CEU credits! ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT!  A graduate-level equivalent … Continue reading

The Color of Law: A Virtual Conversation; Thursday, February 25

A virtual lecture by Richard Rothstein (author of The Color of Law) will be held at 6 PM on Thursday, February 25. The lecture is sponsored … Continue reading

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