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

Caleb Hines is winner of 2018 Virginia Geographic Bee

The 30th annual Virginia Finals of the National Geographic Bee was held April 6 at Longwood University in Farmville, VA. First place went to Caleb … Continue reading

Join the T3G Family

T3G began in 2009 as a one-week residential hands-on institute, helping educators (in K12, higher ed, and informal settings) grasp why and how to use … Continue reading

Summer workshops in geospatial technology

The National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence (GeoTech Center) will host four regional workshops in the summer of 2018. The workshops will be held in … Continue reading

The Virginia Council for the Social Studies is now seeking proposals for state conference in November

The Virginia Council for the Social Studies is now seeking proposals for the state conference in Roanoke (Nov 2 and 3, 2018). This year’s theme … Continue reading

Two Virginia Teachers selected for the 2018 Grosvenor Teacher Fellows Program

Two Virginia teachers have been selected for participation in the 2018 Grosvenor Teacher Fellows Program ( VGA member Judith Painter, Andrew Lewis Middle School, Salem, … Continue reading

Center for the Constitution at Montpelier to offer 3-day Seminars for K-12 educators

The Center for the Constitution at Montpelier proudly offers immersive 3-day Seminars for K-12 educators. Seminar participants engage in interactive lectures and discussions as well … Continue reading

The Library of Virginia to host two cartography related programs

The Library of Virginia is hosting two cartography related programs this spring. Find flyers for each at the following links. 17th Century Virginia in Maps: … Continue reading

GEOFEST X, April 28 in Salem

Geofest X will be held at Andrew Lewis Middle School on Saturday, April 28, 2018. The program consists of geography workshop sessions and in-depth studies … Continue reading

VDOE Environmental Science course and Professional Development Opportunities

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is pleased to announce four professional development opportunities to support the instruction of the new Environmental Science Course. These … Continue reading

National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) offers Teacher-in-Residence Program

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) has launched Native Knowledge 360° (NK360°), a national education initiative to promote improved teaching and learning … Continue reading

Esri’s Free MOOC “Earth Imagery at Work” begins soon

 Imagery collected by satellites and drones is increasingly integrated into the decision-making process across many industries. The analysis of imagery is an efficient way to … Continue reading

Attend GeoCamp Iceland 2018

The GeoCamp Iceland 2018 Institute is a graduate level equivalent short course in geographic inquiry and field methods. Iceland’s extraordinary and unique landscapes are our … Continue reading

Critical Content for Disaster Response Available in ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World

Natural disasters have dramatically increased in frequency and intensity over the past few years. In this webinar Jeff Baranyi, operations manager for the Esri Public … Continue reading

2018 – 2019 Liberty Fund Weekend Colloquia: Applications Are Open! and Liberty Fund are proud to continue their series of weekend colloquia for social studies teachers. These weekend programs allow teachers of American history … Continue reading

Virginia War Memorial to distribute DVD sets of Virginians at War videos

The Virginia War Memorial has recently received a large number of DVD sets of their Virginians at War videos, with the goal of distributing them … Continue reading