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 PD – Learn Classroom GIS, Earn Gift Card

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 faculty and … Continue reading

Story Map Contest Deadline Extended

  The contest deadline has been extended to Tuesday, April 25.

Angie Donner and Ginny Corbett winners of Esri K-12 Teacher Video Challenge

Angie Donner and Ginny Corbett are the most recent winners of the Esri K–12 Teacher Video Challenge. They teach middle school students in Chesapeake, Virginia. … Continue reading

April 1st VGA Steering Committee

Our next Steering Committee meeting is on Saturday, April 1st at Christopher Newport University’s Torggler Center.  Breakfast is at 9:30 and the meeting will be from 10:00 … Continue reading


Due to popular demand, NCGE has reopened the 2023 GeoCamp applications. A limited number of spots are available and are on a first-come-first-serve basis. Don’t … Continue reading

NCGE’s GeoCamp Amazon–Trip Date Change and Deadline Extended

New Dates: July 22 – July31, 2023. APPLICATIONS deadline extended to MARCH 17, 2023. NCGE and Jamazon Journeys have partnered to offer exceptional professional development for … Continue reading

Carstensen International Study Scholarship established at Virginia Tech

Tom Crawford, Chair of the Geography Department at Virginia Tech, has sent the following message to his colleagues: “I have great news to share with … Continue reading

K-12 Educator Fellowship offered again by Virginia Humanities

Virginia Humanities announces its second year of running the K-12 Educator Fellowship. They are currently seeking six educators to join a new K-12 Fellowship scheduled … Continue reading

Scholarship applications for VA Educators currently teaching are now available for two NCGE field experiences

Scholarship applications for VA Educators currently teaching are now available for the following NCGE field experiences: GeoCamp Iceland and GeoCamp Amazon. Please select ONE of … Continue reading

Subscriptions to An Atlas of Virginia digital edition and the Teachers’ Guide now FREE to every public school in Virginia serving K-8 students.

The Virginia Geographic Alliance is pleased to announce that with generous support from the Virginia Tech Department of Geography, and New American History at the … Continue reading

Building Bridges: Fellowship Opportunity for Educators for 2023

What do a Virginian poultry farmer and a New York City vegan have in common? Is there any common ground when discussing gun control or … Continue reading

East Africa Summer Institute for Educators – Call for Applications

We have an open call for applications for the East Africa Summer Institute for Educators project that Virginia Tech Global Education Office is hosting this summer in … Continue reading

NatGeo’s Slingshot Challenge

Your students can help slingshot our planet forward .Encourage them to join the Slingshot Challenge to share their solutions! We want to see what they’re … Continue reading

Deeper Learning in History and Social Science workshop to be offered in July by VASCD and the Virginia Museum of History & Culture

Join VASCD and staff from the Virginia Museum of History & Culture in Richmond to engage with deeper learning in history and social science pedagogy … Continue reading

Webinar: Bring virtual reality with GIS to a local classroom

Join this webinar on December 6, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. (PT) to learn about the following: How to discover VR content in the 360 VR Gallery How … Continue reading