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

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

2023 VCSS Conference Call for Proposals!

The Virginia Council of Social Studies (VCSS) is hosting our annual conference on March 24 & 25, 2023, at the Virginia Museum of History and … Continue reading

Field experience opportunity from National History Day

Applications are now being accepted for the 2023 Sacrifice for Freedom®: World War II in the Pacific Student & Teacher Institute. Program and travel fees (including … Continue reading

2023 Chesapeake Bay Climate Institute: apply now

2023 Chesapeake Bay Climate Institute  This place-based institute explores climate change and aims to develop transformational material to be used in classrooms, engaging students across … Continue reading

NCGE webinars announced

NOVEMBER 2 | 7:00 PM (EST) Teaching students how to read and understand quantitative and qualitative data is a skill that must be repeated constantly … Continue reading

Climate Generation offers free resources re: climate change and COP27

We at Climate Generation (a climate education non-profit) are reaching out to you to share some of the great, free resources we have for educators around this year’s climate … Continue reading

Workshops on Geography of Racial Segregation in Virginia scheduled

Registration links: Workshop #1: https://tinyurl.com/mapping-history Workshop #2:  https://tinyurl.com/mapping-meaning Workshop #3: https://tinyurl.com/map-inequality