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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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Call for 2015 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Applications

Exciting news: National Geographic is now accepting applications for the 2015 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program! Please feel free to spread the word to your network about this opportunity. The application deadline is January 4.

Here's a short overview of the program:

  • This is a professional development opportunity for K-12 educators (teaching any subject) in the U.S. and Canada.
  • As one part of the program, Fellows travel on an all-expense paid Lindblad Expeditions voyage to cool places like the Arctic, Antarctica, Iceland, the Galapagos Islands, etc.
  • Selected educators are recognized for their commitment to geographic education (think: teaching about the world) and are given this opportunity and field-based experience to find new ways to bring geographic literacy, travel, perspectives, etc. back to their learning environments.

More details about the program and FAQs can be found on the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow FAQ's website.

National Geographic Bee Registration Now Open

Is your school registered for the National Geographic Bee? Don't miss the chance to challenge your students in grades 4-8 to learn about their world. The registration fee of $100 per school includes questions that have been researched by National Geographic, a certificate, a medal, and study resources. Schools paying by check must submit their payment by December 15, 2014 to ensure check processing. Register online and download materials today! Click here to enroll your school.

NatGeoEd Preservice Page Launched

Announcing the launch of the NatGeoEd Preservice page. Thanks to the hard work led by Emily Schell, the website now has a collection of resources for preservice educators and their professors.

Join the Georgia Geography Alliance for an International Project!

The international crowd-sourced mapping kindness project and competition is underway. Please consider having your students and teachers mark acts of kindness on our mapping platform at It only takes about 15 seconds to add to the map. We have almost reached 2,000 acts of kindness.

Join the movement - it's quick, easy, and educational. If you have questions, please contact:

Tim Hawthorne
Coordinator, Georgia Geographic Alliance

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