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

Richmond City Planning: Evolution Through Maps–LVA Fall Map Lecture, November 2

Datathon 2019 scheduled for Oct 3 and 4

Equity in Education Datathon will be held at Library of Virginia. Participants will take new and existing data sets and turn them into actionable information … Continue reading

2019 AP Human Geography Academy

The Virginia Geographic Alliance will host our annual AP Human Geography Academy at Christopher Newport University on October 11-13, 2019.  The theme of this year’s … Continue reading

Winners of 2019 Virginia ArcGIS Map Competition Selected

The winners in the High School division are Amelia Schmidt and Tyna Hesser, The Effect of Urbanization in Northern Virginia (, Fairfax High School (teacher Jason Smolinski). … Continue reading

Upcoming Institute: Troops to Teachers: Helping Communities and Classrooms Understand the Military Experience

The National Humanities Center has received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities for our project titled Troops to Teachers: Helping Communities and Classrooms … Continue reading

Anish Susarla is 2019 champion of Virginia State National Geographic GeoBee

Anish Susarla of Belmont Ridge Middle School, Loudoun County, finished in first place in the 2019 Virginia State National Geographic Bee held in Farmville on … Continue reading

Applications for 2019-20 Teacher Advisory Council now open

Join the National Humanities Center’s network of humanities educators from around the country in this great opportunity for professional growth and teacher leadership – apply now … Continue reading

Using ArcGIS Online Analysis Tools Webinar

March 20, 2019 7:15 p.m. – 8 p.m. Offered in support of the VGA/ESRI Mapping Competition, but all Virginia ArcGIS Online users are welcome to … Continue reading

2019 Alan M. and Nathalie P. Voorhees Lecture on the History of Cartography

Pictorial Maps: The Art, History, and Culture of this Popular Map Genre Library of Virginia Saturday, April 27, 2019 Hosted by the Fry-Jefferson Map Society, … Continue reading

Placing Primary Sources: best practice historical GIS Story Maps now available

Recognizing the many ways GIS can enhance classroom teaching, VGA assembled a team of practicing teachers to create a series of best practice historical GIS … Continue reading

2019 Chesapeake Institute accepting applications

 2019 Chesapeake Bay Institute:  An Interconnected System.  Today, Tomorrow, and Into the Future The three-day institute (July 9 – 12, 2019) will take place at … Continue reading

Judith Painter returns from Antarctic

Participating in a National Geographic fellowship program for teachers, Judith Painter spent 14 days on an expedition to the Antarctic. Read more in this Roanoke … Continue reading

2019 NCGE Call for Proposals

2019 conference proposals are now being accepted for the 2019 NCGE Annual Meeting, November 22-24, 2019, at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. Proposal … Continue reading

GeoCamp Iceland 2019

Explore Iceland’s changing landscapes and diverse environments, July 7-14, 2019. The institute is a graduate-level equivalent, short course in geographic inquiry and field methods for … Continue reading

NCGE to become national facilitator for geographic alliances

Alliance Coordinators and Leaders, In an effort to enable the state geography alliances to continue to support the teachers in your states, NCGE has been … Continue reading