VGA makes new digital Atlas of Virginia available to public schools free of charge through June 30, 2020

An Atlas of Virginia -3rd edition  BETA
Now available for free to all K12 Public Schools through June 30, 2020

In an effort to support teachers and students during the duration of the 2019-2020 school year,  The Virginia Geographic Alliance is making a digital version of the forthcoming An Atlas of Virginia, the  Teacher Guide and selected maps in BETA testing mode available free of charge to all Virginia K-12 public schools  through June 30, 2020. An Atlas of Virginia, including all of its maps and narrative pages, are held in copyright by The Virginia Geographic Alliance (VGA) and may not be reproduced. Links for school divisions to embed on their division websites for teachers and students to access were shared with each Superintendent by the VDOE in March. Please see your division Superintendent for more information and local access.

In addition to making access to the digital version of An Atlas of Virginia free to all K-12 Schools through June 30th, 2020 the following always free materials are also being made available while still in BETA testing:

Virginia GeoInquiries at https:// and the secondary American history Story Map 

Journals at

The Teacher Guide for An Atlas of Virginia,,  and all related materials, as well as the Virginia GeoInquiries are licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA. 

Reuters coronavirus maps, graphs, and charts

Reuters has published several maps, graphs and charts tracing the growth in number of coronavirus cases in the US and across the globe. Go to:

Applications open for APHG Teacher Delegation to South Korea 2020

The 2020 Delegation of APHG teachers will depart for South Korea on June 24 on the trans-Pacific flight in the afternoon or evening for a late afternoon or evening arrival on June 25 in Seoul-Inchon International Airport. The return departure to the U.S. will be on July 2 or earlier. We are working on funding for a field study extension, but a lack of funding will move the departure closer to June 30. The dates will be confirmed prior to ticketing. It is possible to arrive early or remain in South Korea longer at the delegate’s own expense. Airfare, hotel, most meals, and most local transportation is provided by the South Korean hosts during the program of activities. APHG teachers are given priority to participate in the U.S. Delegation. Other high school geography teachers may also apply. The program is designed to provide an international experience that will expand your world view, and especially your knowledge of the Korean Peninsula. If you are an APHG teacher and interested, please contact Joseph Stoltman ( to receive an application.

Scholarships for NCGE GeoCamp Iceland 2020

Four $3000 Scholarships for Virginia teachers are available. Please consult the NCGE site for details and an on-line application. VGA will coordinate the acceptance process with GeoCamp 2020 co-leader Professor Ellen Foster.

 Applications due February 15, 2020

Applications and program description at:

VGA  contact person: Bob Morrill at

Virginia History Day Opportunities

The following webinars will be offered in November and early December:

Judith Painter receives Nat Geo Explorer Grant

Judith Painter and colleague Sarah Gerrol (engineering and Tech teacher at Andrew Lewis Middle School in Salem) received a Nat Geo Explorer Grant in August. The goal is to expose students to the outdoors through hiking, canoeing, fishing, collecting data and ending with either service learning or a Geo inquiry project.

Judith reports “We have started on our field trips and guest speakers with the NGS grant this week [Nov 4]. Over the last two days we took the students on a 4.5 mile hike and a 5.5 mile hike. You can follow along on Twitter and Instagram at @jpaintergeog   We found on these trips that we were right that many of our students do not go outside and really notice nature.  We had students asking about what types of trees we found, even pine, maple, and oak with acorns.  Students were mesmerized by spiders, caterpillars, insects, and even scat that we found.  Just taking the time to get the students to look has been amazing!

“Feel free to ask questions if you have any interest in replicating or writing a NGS Grant!!!”

Registration open for NCSS conference in Austin, TX: Nov. 22-24

The National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE), the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), and the Texas Council for the Social Studies (TCSS)  invite you to attend the largest gathering of K-12 social studies classroom teachers, college and university faculty members, curriculum designers and specialists, district and state social studies supervisors, international educators, and social studies discipline leaders in the country!

For more information and registration forms, go to:


National Consortium for Teaching About Asia offers workshops in NoVa

The following Saturday workshops will be presented for secondary teachers:

December 14, 2019: Teaching about Contemporary China through Youth Culture and Contemporary Social Issues.

February 29, 2020: Teaching Asia with Art at the Freer/Sackler.

March 7, 2020: Japan, Pop Culture, and the Olympics.

For more information and application form, click here.

NCGE to offer GeoCamp Iceland again, June 23-July 3, 2020

The NCGE-GeoCamp Iceland Institute is a graduate-level equivalent, short course in geographic inquiry and field methods for in-service teachers and education professionals. Iceland’s extraordinary and unique landscapes will be our classroom and laboratory. The course will draw content from several important geographic themes including natural hazards and disaster prevention; human settlement and environmental adaptation; changing geopolitical spheres of influence; sense of place; and global environmental change. Icelandic field leaders will be our local guides.

Complete applications must be returned by Feb. 15, 2020. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by March 1, 2020. If accepted, a deposit of $1000 is due by March 15, 2020 to reserve your spot in the institute.

For  more information, click here.

Registration for the 2019-2020 GeoChallenge is now open

The National Geographic GeoChallenge is a project-based, multilevel competition that empowers students in grades four through eight to develop creative solutions to today’s urgent environmental problems.

  1. Sign up or Log in here. If you run into any issues logging in, contact us at
  2. Once you’re logged in, read the instructions at the top of the Get Started page.
  3. Choose a role. For schools/organizations that have yet to register for the GeoChallenge, choose “coordinator.” For those that have an existing coordinator, choose “coach.”
  4. Complete all three parts of the registration form. Please note that you may experience loading delays between pages. We suggest waiting until a page has completely loaded before proceeding to the next section.
  5. When everything has been filled out, click the yellow “review/submit” button. If you run into an error, please contact us at