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

National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) offers Teacher-in-Residence Program

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) has launched Native Knowledge 360° (NK360°), a national education initiative to promote improved teaching and learning … Continue reading

Esri’s Free MOOC “Earth Imagery at Work” begins soon

 Imagery collected by satellites and drones is increasingly integrated into the decision-making process across many industries. The analysis of imagery is an efficient way to … Continue reading

Attend GeoCamp Iceland 2018

The GeoCamp Iceland 2018 Institute is a graduate level equivalent short course in geographic inquiry and field methods. Iceland’s extraordinary and unique landscapes are our … Continue reading

Critical Content for Disaster Response Available in ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World

Natural disasters have dramatically increased in frequency and intensity over the past few years. In this webinar Jeff Baranyi, operations manager for the Esri Public … Continue reading

2018 – 2019 Liberty Fund Weekend Colloquia: Applications Are Open! and Liberty Fund are proud to continue their series of weekend colloquia for social studies teachers. These weekend programs allow teachers of American history … Continue reading

Virginia War Memorial to distribute DVD sets of Virginians at War videos

The Virginia War Memorial has recently received a large number of DVD sets of their Virginians at War videos, with the goal of distributing them … Continue reading

Understanding Global Change: Free Workshop for Middle- and High-School Teachers at National Geographic in D.C.!

Join us at National Geographic headquarters on January 27th for a free workshop on global change! Please see the flyer attached, and register now as … Continue reading

Department of Geography at Texas State University invites input on proposed Online Master’s Program in Geography Education.

Injeong Jo, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Texas State University, invites Alliance members to participate in a survey regarding the Online Master’s … Continue reading


The National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) is partnering with the International Geographical Union (IGU) and the Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG) for the 2018 … Continue reading

Travel with the Virginia Geographic Alliance to Barbados, West Indies

Travel with the Virginia Geographic Alliance to Barbados, West Indies during June 2018 on a week-long experiential professional development field experience. Competitive travel scholarships are … Continue reading

Explore our World with ArcGIS Online: two fall teacher institutes

Who?    K-12 Educators in Virginia What?   ArcGIS Online FREE Teacher Hands-on-Teacher Institute When?   Saturday, November 18, 2017 (Basics, account set up) and Saturday December 2, … Continue reading

Geography on Priority List for Federal Competitive Grants – Action Requested!

Earlier this month, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos proposed new priorities for doling out funds through existing discretionary grant programs, including a proposed priority for … Continue reading

“GIS for Teachers” is here!

The author team of Chris Bunin, Christine Esposito (both VGA members), Barbaree Duke, and Anita Palmer presents a text for pre-service teachers designed to guide educators through … Continue reading

“Migration and Refuges in the Modern World”

A  teacher’s workshop, sponsored by the VGA, to be held at Northern Virginia Community College Loudoun Campus on December 2, 2017. Free for Virginia educators. … Continue reading

VCSSE – Early Registration extended to Oct. 9

The deadline to receive the early registration rate of $150.00 for attending the Virginia Conference for Social Studies Educators in Richmond, Virginia on November 3-4, … Continue reading