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

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. 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

National Humanities Center offers PD opportunities

The National Humanities Center is offering several professional development activities this year that may be of interest to Virginia teachers: 1. Humanities in Class: Sugar … Continue reading

VGA Steering Committee–Saturday, September 22, 2018

VGA Steering Committee–Saturday, September 22, 2018, Longwood University Lancer Park Environmental Ed Building at 10:00 am. Proposals should be sent to Annie, Ed and Sandra … Continue reading

Brothers from Fairfax Participate in International Geography Bee

Rohil and Samik Bhinge (ages 14 and 13) got back last month from Berlin, Germany, where they represented the State of Virginia at the International … Continue reading

K-8 Art Contest on Polar Regions & Coral Reefs – Sept 2018

What do penguins and coral reefs have in common? Kids care about climate change drawing contest coming soon. Aim: To get as many primary and middle … Continue reading

AP Human Geography Academy 2018 announced

The theme for the next AP Academy is “Climate Change and Shifting Agricultural Patterns.” It will be held in the Richmond area September 28-30 and … Continue reading

#YouCanMapThat! a free online course coming this fall from VGA

#YouCanMapThat! is an instructor-led online course that will teach you beginner-intermediate skills and applications to weave ArcGIS Online into your classroom instruction. Modules in the … Continue reading

VCSS Conference in Roanoke this November

The 52nd Annual Conference of Virginia Social Studies Educators will be held in Roanoke, Virginia. Please save the date for November 2-3, 2018 at the … Continue reading