Welcome to AP Human Geography in Virginia


Fall 2017 AP Human Geography 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 October 6-8, 2017.  While this academy will focus on topics from the AP Human Geography course articulation, teachers from all disciplines and grade levels who would like to broaden their geographic thinking and teaching skills are encouraged to attend.

Please see the attached flyer for specific details regarding the academy schedule, speakers, and the link to register.  Contact Shannon Castelo (shannon_castelo@ccpsnet.net) or Stephen Chamberlin (chambsti@gmail.com) with any questions.

Previous Academies

Southwest Virginia 2016 APHG Academy

 Directors: Shannon Castelo (Chesterfield County Public Schools)  and Stephen Chamberlin (Chesapeake Public Schools)

On October 7-9, 2016 twenty Advanced Placement Human Geography, Biology, Ecology, and History and Social Science teachers gathered in Southwest Virginia to participate in an annual professional development workshop sponsored by the Virginia Geographic Alliance. The group also included pre-service teachers from Virginia Tech and Christopher Newport University.

During the three day event teachers participated in both classroom instruction and a field experience that focused on curriculum topics such as regional cultural identity, folk cultures, language and dialects, economic development, mining and resource extraction, environmental determinism, possibilism, and human development indicators; skills such as formal observation, data collection, landscape analysis, speculation and spatial analysis; and processes such as cultural diffusion, migration, deindustrialization, economic restructuring, and globalization. A field guide was developed to provide teachers with materials and examples of teaching activities they can incorporate into their classroom instruction.

Resources from the academy can be accessed on Google Drive at https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B22Nk0lGEtkLLXp0dFY2SjZVWFU

A story map of academy activities, prepared by Stephen Chamberlin, is available here.


AP Human Geography Academy 2016: Urban Landscapes in Northern Virginia 

Directors: Shannon Castelo and Stephen Chamberlin, Chesapeake Public Schools

The academy stressed exploration, investigation, and use of local geographic phenomena to illustrate and allow teachers to apply a plethora of geographic concepts and topics such as sense of place and location, sequent occupancy, human-environment interaction, international trade, ethnic identification, terrorism; skills such as formal observation, data collection, landscape analysis, speculation and spatial analysis; and processes such as diffusion, urbanization, revitalization, acculturation.

The series of mini-field experiences gave teachers several opportunities to participate in professional development and build a wider network of APHG teachers. Resources developed for the workshop can be found at: https://drive.google.com/a/ccpsnet.net/folderview?id=0B22Nk0lGEtkLNmk3MTRYREs2b28&usp=sharing

Among them are the NOVA field guide, the study guide for Tom Gjelten’s book A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story, and the PowerPoint presentations, as well as articles on Richmond provided by Dr. Patterson.

The story map developed at the VA Geographic Alliance APHUG Academy, Spring 2016 can be found at http://arcg.is/1RAsBXb

A review of the Academy by Tammy D. Whitt:

….I joked with the organizer that it was more like a boot camp because we had no downtime, but I didn’t mind because it was jam packed with information. The quality of the speakers was phenomenal and all of the members were very welcoming. They couldn’t wait to share their expertise. I feel like I already have an excellent collaboration network in place. They mentioned that AP Geo readers are needed and what a great opportunity it is to learn about the test and raise those scores, so I would encourage…teachers who are eligible to apply.

Highlights of the Academy:

Author and NPR reporter Tom Gjelten attended to discuss his book “A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story” which uses Northern Virginia to show how immigration has shaped the US over time. This is an excellent resource for any history class and particularly timely with the issues being raised in the upcoming presidential election. I got a signed copy free! Mr. Gjelten also created a study guide for us for possible summer assignments or use in class.

Dr. Barbara Crain and Ms. Frances Coffey took us on an extensive field study of Northern Virginia where we toured the planned city of Reston, explored how eminent domain affected a community, went through the Tech corridor…. I received several activities that I can use immediately when I begin teaching the subject.

Penny Anderson, an AP Human Geo teacher from Spotsylvania, designed a scavenger hunt of DuPont Circle that highlighted various AP Human Geo urban concepts.

Professors from Mary Washington and George Washington University ( Dr. Lisa Benton-Short) also spoke about ethnicity and housing in Northern Virginia. I received information about mapping programs available free online.

The accommodations were very nice and so was the food. They have a trip coming up to Southern Virginia in October, and one of the organizers of this trip is a colleague in Chesapeake who has promised to collaborate with me, Stephen Chamberlin.

Thanks to all for a great experience.

Tammy D. Whitt, Norfolk Public Schools


Find materials from the 2014 Eastern Shore Academy here.

Access all resources from the  AP Human Geography workshop presented on Tuesday August 26, 2014 for Chesterfield County Public Schools here.


Virginia APHG readers, 2016

Virginia was once again well represented at the Advanced  Placement Human Geography (APHG) reading in Cincinnati, Ohio. Twenty four educators claiming Virginia residency spent the June 2-8 period at the Duke Energy Center reading student essays. Don Zeigler served another year as Chief Reader.

The Virginia Geographic Alliance hosted a successful dinner at a local restaurant for the Virginia group.

Listed below are the Virginia contingent with their reading position and school  affiliation:

  • Mike Allen, Reader.  Old Dominion University
  • Penny Anderson, Table Leader. Spotsylvania County Schools
  • Doug Batson, Reader. National Intelligence University
  • Francis Coffey, Table Leader. Fairfax High School
  • Jeff  Dickerson,  Reader. Spotsylvania County Schools
  • Joseph Enedy, Table Leader.  James Madison University
  • Lyne Mary Everhart, Reader. ALASKA BOUND
  • Johnny Finn, Table Leader. Christopher Newport University
  • Richard Hoover,  Reader.  Orange County High School
  • Georgeanne Hribar, Reader. Old Dominion University
  • Justin Husser, Reader. Norfolk City Schools
  • Kevin Johnson, Reader. Courtland High School
  • Ed Kinman, Reader. Longwood University
  • Catherine La Rocca, Reader. Spotsylvania County Schools
  • Jonathan Leib, Table Leader. Old Dominion University
  • Jennifer Long, Reader.  Prince William County Schools
  • Valerie Mervine, Table Leader. Virginia Beach Schools
  • Eddie Modlin, Reader.  Norfolk City Schools
  • Lee Mongold, Reader. Chesapeake City Schools
  • Molly Sandling, Table Leader.  Jamestown High School
  • Kristen Shows, Reader. Princess Anne High School
  • Dan Weisenbeck, Reader. Virginia Beach Schools
  • Dan Whalen, Reader.  Prince George’s County Schools
  • Don Zeigler, Chief Reader.  Old Dominion University


Virginia APHG readers, 2015

More than 600 Advanced Placement Human Geography (APHG) teachers and higher education faculty gathered in beautiful downtown Cincinnati, Ohio to score the essays for 160,835 high school students who took this year’s exam. Among them were a good number of educators from Virginia.


Virginia educators well represented at APHG Reading in Cincinnati, 2014

Row 4  (Back) Zak Minor; Dan Whalen; Jonathan Leib;  Elizabeth Mongold; Robert Weisnbeck; Don Zeigler; Arnie Modlin; Justin Husser; Mary (Lyne) Everhart; Val Mervine; Frances Coffey; Joe Enedy 

 Row 3 Dorothy Ibes; Molly Sandling; Jennifer Long

Row 2 Denise Lam; Adam Daniels; Mary Finley-Brook 

Row 1 (Front) Georgeanne Hribar; Barbara Crane; Burl Self;  Doug Batson; Penny Anderson; Lindsley Cavender; Dawn Bowen; Charles Manyara

Join the community to locate and share resources with your colleagues. And become a member of the VGA, too. Register here.


National Geographic Educations’s AP Human Geography Portal


 Link here to Barbara Crain’s PowerPoint presentation “Romani People,” given at the 2012 NCGE National Conference on Geographic Education.

 Lyne Everhart’s 2012 PowerPoint Presentation at NCGE on port cities is now available at:  https://docs.google.com/open?id=0BzxhzWB73P9QZ3FVa3AzM0E2MU0. 

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