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Dedicated to the Teaching of Geography in the State of Illinois

Our purpose is the promotion and enhancement of geographic knowledge in the schools and among the general populace of Illinois. To achieve this purpose, the Alliance maintains a strong grassroots organization of geographic educators from schools and universities, participates in educational reform at the district, state, and national levels. We engage in an active program of preservice and inservice teacher education, develop curriculum materials based on the National Geography Standards, and foster public awareness of the importance of geography in our society.



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Bring the World to Your Classroom with the National Geographic Bee

Join over 12,000 educators and empower your students to learn more about the world and how it works. The Nat Geo Bee is an exciting competition for any fourth through eighth graders.

“My preparation for the bee has taught me good study habits which can be applied in all aspects of life.” - A 2014 state champion

“Being a part of the National Geographic Bee has given me a greater understanding of the world that we live in today.” - A 2014 state champion

“I know so much more about the world. Studying for the Bee has taught me that nothing comes easy, and you have to work hard to do well! Without geography in my life, I’d be a very different person, geography opens up the doors of our world.” - A 2014 state champion

Register online or contact Please note registration runs from September 15, 2014, to February 6, 2015.

Fall Online Courses with NatGeo

This fall, National Geographic Education will offer two FREE online courses for educators looking for content and resources on watersheds and water. Sign up for our courses to learn about environmental topics and explore strategies to implement environmental education in your classroom, as well as develop action plans for your teaching. These courses can be applied toward your professional development requirements.

FLOW Education - Sept. 17-Oct. 29 - for teachers of grades 4-9 to learn about watersheds and outdoor education, using the Chesapeake Bay watershed as an example.

Water: The Essential Resource - Oct. 15-Dec. 17 - for teachers of grades 4-8 to learn about ocean and freshwater topics and teaching strategies.

Find out more about these courses!

Longtime Geography Professor and Illinois Geographic Alliance Teacher Education Steering Committee Member wins 2014 Distinguished Mentor Award from the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE)

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