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

Free Summer PD Opportunities

Looking for free summer PD opportunities? Scroll down for opportunities from the Virginia Council on Economic Education (VCEE), including a session called EcoDetectives about environmental … Continue reading

In-person Fall VGA Steering Committee Meeting

The fall meeting of the VGA Steering Committee will be held in-person on Saturday, September 24, 2022, at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture … Continue reading

Bill Carstensen and Jim Campbell retiring from Virginia Tech Geography Department

Two of our favorite VGA members, both former VT Geography Department chairs, who have significant contributions to our organization will be retiring soon and will … Continue reading

Spring Steering Committee Meeting via Zoom

Time: Apr 30, 2022 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://longwood-edu.zoom.us/j/92434253508 Meeting ID: 924 3425 3508 One tap mobile +13017158592,,92434253508# US … Continue reading

Stratford Hall Teacher Institute, July 20-22

Stratford Hall Teacher Institute: Reading Over the Shoulder: Teaching with Diaries and other People’s Mail The 2022 Teacher Institute will be held virtually via Zoom. … Continue reading

VGA Steering Committee to meet April 30

April VGA Steering Committee Meeting: The date of the spring VGA steering committee meeting was changed to accommodate other events and conferences.  The new date is … Continue reading


GEOGRAPHY is a bridge to a better understanding and appreciation of all subjects. Due to popular demand, NCGE has reopened the 2022 GeoCamp applications. A … Continue reading

Scholarships for GeoCamp Iceland: Apply now!

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 5, 2022 NCGE GeoCamp Iceland 2022 June 28 – July 8, 2022, including travel days Six $3100 VGA Scholarships are … Continue reading

Nat Geo opening Meridian Projects and National Geographic Society Grants Program

Meridian Projects—previously known as Explorer Community Collaboration Grants—empower our community of National Geographic Explorers to collaborate and connect across disciplines to maximize and accelerate impact … Continue reading

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