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.
April 30-May 2, 2015
The 2015 Illinois Geographical Society Annual Meeting, Prairie Nexus: Transportation Hub of Downstate Illinois, will take place April 30-May 2, 2015, in Bloomington-Normal, IL. For more information, including a detailed meeting schedule, and to download the registration form, please visit:
As part of this meeting, the Illinois Geographic Alliance is providing a workshop, “GIS for Illinois Teachers”, from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, 2015. This hands-on workshop is open to all in-service and pre-service teachers. Workshop participants will explore a gallery of ready-to-use maps and story maps, create their own maps, and review online lesson plans. A stipend in the amount of $50 will be provided for participants that complete the two-hour GIS workshop. Professional Development Hours (formerly CPDUs) are available for the workshop and the meeting.
The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students.
The application period for the 2014-2015 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators is now open. Apply through March 13, 2015.For more information, please see: http://www2.epa.gov/education/presidential-innovation-award-environmental-educators
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.
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 http://peoplelovingpeople.org. 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:
Coordinator, Georgia Geographic Alliance