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

Thinking about volunteering to be a Nat Geo Educator Certification – Phase 1 Trainer?

For VGA members who have earned NGS certified educator status. Here’s what trainer Anne Lewis has to say about her experiences:Anne: “I am more determined than … Continue reading

Winners of the 2017 Virginia ArcGIS Online Competition announced

The Virginia Geographic Alliance is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2017 Virginia ArcGIS Online Competition. Students used organizational ArcGIS accounts to create dynamic … Continue reading

Registration now open for fall Southside Virginia APHG Academy

The VA Geographic Alliance is now accepting registration information for the Fall 2017 AP Human Geography Academy that will be located in Danville, VA on … Continue reading

Teaching with Primary Sources Opportunity

The Virginia Geographic Alliance, in partnership with Library of Congress’ TPS Eastern Region Program, is pleased to announce the Placing Primary Sources Teacher Scholars Program. … Continue reading

National Humanities Center accepting applications for the 2017-18 Teacher Advisory Council

The National Humanities Center is currently accepting applications for the 2017-18 Teacher Advisory Council.  This 14-person cohort contributes to the Center in a variety of … Continue reading

Several VGA members honored by NCGE

The National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) has announced its 2017 award winners.  Among them are the following VGA members. Congratulations to all! The George … Continue reading

Summer GIS Training for Educators at JMU!

The Virginia K12 GIS Site License Consortium is offering two training opportunities for teachers on the JMU campus this summer. Both the introductory and advanced … Continue reading

NCGE Cuba GeoTrip: Deadline Extended

There are still a few spots left on the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) 2017 “GeoTrip” to Cuba, which Johnny Finn will be leading … Continue reading

Council of Geographic Names Authorities (COGNA) conference in Richmond, Virginia, May 8-12, 2017.

Virginia’s Board on Geographic Names (VBGN) will  be hosting this year’s Council of Geographic Names Authorities (COGNA) conference in Richmond, Virginia, May 8-12, 2017.  The … Continue reading

Join National Geographic’s Explorers Festival Challenge

National Geographic Education has an exciting opportunity for you to get your students involved with exploration! Check out (and sign up for!) our Explorers Festival … Continue reading

VGA Cuba Field Study, July 12-22, 2017

A VGA-sponsored trip for teachers to Cuba will be led by Johnny Finn. Apply soon, as slots will fill quickly. Find more information, including fees, … Continue reading

Anish Susarla, Belmont Ridge Middle School, Leesburg, wins State Geography Bee

After a grueling tiebreaker round in the Championship Round of the Virginia State Geography Bee, Anish Susarla from Leesburg took first place. It took 29 … Continue reading

Registration now open for 2017 Summer Institute for Teachers at Stratford Hall

Historic and Geographic perspectives: Slavery in Virginia 1607 – 1758 will be held July 26 – 29, 2017 at Stratford Hall, Virginia. The Summer Institute is sponsored by the … Continue reading

Bob and Susan return from the Antarctic

We are working on some slideshows, but here are some samples of photos:

2017 Virginia Conference for Social Studies Educators now accepting proposals

If you are interested in presenting at the 2017 Virginia Conference for Social Studies Educators at the Richmond Marriott Hotel in Richmond, Virginia on November 3-4, … Continue reading