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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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Celebrate Geography Awareness Week – November 16-22, 2014

This year’s theme for Geography Awareness Week is “The Future of Food.” Visit the National Geographic Society’s Geography Awareness Week Website for teacher resources as well as tips and tools for planning a Geography Awareness Week event.

GIS Day 2014 is Wednesday, November 19! Please join others in the worldwide celebration of GIS Day during Geography Awareness Week.

Teacher Practice Networks Annual Survey

Please help the National Council for the Social Studies further define teacher needs as it moves forward in developing College, Career and Civic Life (C3) Framework professional learning initiatives by completing the Teacher Practice Networks Annual Survey. The survey is designed to learn from teachers about the types of support that are helping them implement new state standards, which may be referred to as the Common Core or College and Career Readiness Standards. The survey can be found at:

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.

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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