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.
Exciting News! You will soon be able to borrow a giant floor map of Illinois from the Illinois Geographic Alliance!
The Illinois Geographic Alliance has received two Illinois Giant Traveling Maps from the National Geographic Society. To advance our educational mission, the Illinois Geographic Alliance will make these maps available to schools, organizations, and communities in Illinois free of charge. The standard loan period will be one week.
The Illinois Giant Traveling Map was designed by the National Geographic Society for 3rd and 4th grade state studies; however, it is applicable for a variety of students (Pre-K through university) and adults in school and non-school settings (e.g., libraries, community centers, scout troop events, etc.).
The map dimensions are approximately 14 feet by 21 feet and the map weighs approximately 17 pounds. Because it is made of soft vinyl (similar to a thick vinyl tarp), it can be folded and easily carried by one person.
The map will either be shipped or delivered in a plastic trunk on wheels similar in size and shape to a carry-on roller bag/suitcase. In addition to the map, the trunk will contain a binder with laminated and non-laminated copies of the map key and sample lessons/activities. Non-consumable materials will also be provided for these sample lessons/activities.
Look for more information and the online request system to be available on our Illinois Geographic Alliance website in the near future. Questions can be directed to email@example.com or (309) 438-8115.
Our new grants website is finally live and ready for applications! Here is the current information about our new education grants.
National Geographic education grants will support projects that aim to teach people about the world and how it works, empowering them to make it a better place. Funded projects must align with one of the Society's three focus lenses: The Human Journey, Wildlife and Wild Places, and Our Changing Planet. These lenses are described in more detail on the new grants website. We are looking for educators who have new ideas for effective strategies in teaching and learning - at any age level, with any audience, and in any location - in the U.S. and internationally. We aim to support educators in formal and informal settings, in community education and outreach, and educator professional development.
We also seek projects that aim to measure what works in teaching and learning - educators who want to research and measure how learning takes place. This dovetails with National Geographic's Learning Framework: the set of attitudes, skills, and knowledge that embody the explorer mindset.
Grants will be awarded on a quarterly basis. Upcoming submission deadlines are:
Find grant guidelines and submit applications at http://www.nationalgeographic.org/grants/.
Check out You Decide: Presidential Decisions , an interactive experience in which students take on the role of the President of the United States and make complex decisions based on real situations faced by President Gerald R. Ford during his 1974-1977 presidency: the signing of the Helsinki Accords, the condemnation of South African apartheid, and Operation Babylift. The interactive experience also includes an educator guide to engage students in grades 6-12 with the interactive both in and out of the classroom. The guide includes information about the role of the facilitator, as well as game play setup for independent play, small group play, and whole class play. Activity ideas and discussion questions are organized into before, during, and after play.
You Decide: Presidential Decisions is an excellent companion to the social studies classroom, particularly any study of the Cold War era. It also highlights the importance of human rights to President Ford, and can lead to discussions about these rights and how presidents can advocate for issues that are important to them. The focus on decision-making in this interactive offers a way to introduce a powerful process that can be used in students' own decision-making, or in analyzing decisions they may read about in historical context or in current events.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Salopek is literally walking around the world, retracing the broad migratory pathways of our ancient human ancestors and slowing down to tell stories of people's lives that might otherwise remain untold. Check out inspiring photos, maps, videos, and exquisite writing at the dedicated Nat Geo website for Paul's Out of Eden Walk.
Two educational partners provide related classroom materials and learning opportunities, free of charge.
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting offers lesson plans for students from elementary through university, exciting curricular and extracurricular programs, summer break ideas, and the reporting of hundreds of other journalists exploring themes touched on in the Out of Eden Walk, including forced migrations, food and water security, and climate change.
Out of Eden Learn, an initiative of Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, also offers curriculum materials. In addition, they have developed a companion online learning community to promote thoughtful cross-cultural exchange, with thousands of school-age students from over 50 countries having taken part so far. Classes are clustered in diverse groups to follow "learning journeys" that invite them to: (1) slow down to observe the world carefully and to listen attentively to others; (2) exchange stories and perspectives with one another; and (3) make connections between their own lives and bigger human stories. Go to their website to register classes of all ages for Learning Journey 1. In addition, Out of Eden Learn is seeking high school classes to participate in its new Stories of Human Migration curriculum; email them if you are interested!
Statistics in Schools is a free program from the U.S. Census Bureau offering data, tools, and activities that correspond with relevant education standards and guidelines and that use real-life census information for teachers to incorporate into their lesson plans. This is not just a math program--it includes geography, sociology, and history activities. Through this program, students can connect the world around them to what they are learning in the classroom.
On behalf of the National Geographic Society, you have been nominated by your state Alliance to become a charter member of the digital National Geographic Educator Community, set to launch in late 2017. This digital community will allow you to engage with National Geographic explorers, staff, and like-minded educators from around the world. You will also have the opportunity to opt in and be the first to know about online opportunities, events, training, resources and programs.
Please join by clicking here and filling out the requested information. Thank you!
Join the only American Skipper, Rich Wilson, as he competes in this year's Vendée Globe, a solo, round-the-world, nonstop sailing race.
Competitors set sail and finish in Les Sables d'Olonne in Brittany, France after rounding the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa, Cape Leeuwin in Southern Australia, and the infamous Cape Horn at the tip of South America. In 2008, 30 skippers started Vendée Globe, and Wilson placed ninth out of the 11 who finished. Wilson is president of the non-profit organization, sitesALIVE!, that has produced 75 live, interactive, semester-long, curriculum-based, learning adventures since 1990.
The drama of the Vendée Globe, its risk, and the uncertainty of its outcome, is certain to excite and engage a student audience. Curricular subjects that are unconvincing in textbooks become convincing in this real-world context. The race overflows with geography, science, math, history; with stars, flying fish, whales, birds; with nutrition, sleep deprivation, physical fitness; with materials science, physics, electronics, satellites, mechanical engineering; with aerodynamics and hydrodynamics; with solar, wind, hydro, and fossil fuel energy systems; with risk and isolation; with determination, decision-making, problem-solving, and perseverance.
Visit http://vg2016.sitesalive.com/signup6 to sign up for weekly email updates, sent each Friday morning. Once signed up, bookmark the website to check each day on Wilson's progress via boat position map and audio report, send a question for Rich or one of the Team of Experts to answer, or participate in the online Forum. Regular updates will also be posted via Facebook and Twitter.
We hope you will join Rich Wilson on his 28,000+ mile expedition around the world!
Reach the World makes the benefits of travel accessible to classrooms, inspiring students to become curious, confident global citizens. Reach the World's programs transform the energy of travelers into a curricular resource for K-12 classrooms. Through our unique online platform, educators can match with a traveler whose backgrounds and interests are a close fit with the needs and academic goals of their students. Classrooms then embark on digital exchange journeys with their travelers-and expand their worldview, skills, and aspirations in the process.
Contact Christopher Ahearn (firstname.lastname@example.org) today to learn more and plan your virtual journey!
This report provides insight into key areas of the Every Student Succeeds Act that have prompted questions and concerns from education leaders and policymakers as they prepare to implement this new law: http://www.ecs.org/essa-quick-guides-on-top-issues/
A team from Illinois State University has developed a curriculum for 5th grade students that bridges technology, geography, social studies, science, and language arts. Learn more at teachatlas.com.
For questions about the curriculum, technology, adapting the materials for other grade levels, or workshops and training, please contact email@example.com.
Classroom subscriptions to National Geographic's Explorer Magazine are now available for the 2016-17 school year. Explorer's nonfiction content is authentic and engaging, and supports both reading and science standards. Subscriptions are available in print or digital, starting at only $4.50 per student. Learn more at NatGeoEd.org/ExplorerMag.
KnowledgeWorks has created a handy side-by-side comparison of No Child Left Behind and Every Student Succeeds Act. Check it out here! http://www.knowledgeworks.org/sites/default/files/ESSA-Opportunities-Advance-Personalized-Learning.pdf
As part of the ConnectED initiative, Esri is donating free ArcGIS Online organization accounts to every K-12 school in the U.S. (account sign-up is available here). This gift introduces GIS software and geographic concepts into classrooms, allowing students to map and analyze data with the same technology used by government and businesses.
GIS is a powerful educational technology, but K-12 teachers already face considerable time constraints that can make it difficult to learn and implement a new resource. To address this need, Esri and the Association of American Geographers (AAG) are working together to develop a nationwide volunteer network of GeoMentors, knowledgeable GIS users who volunteer their time and expertise to help educators and administrators meet their classroom goals using GIS. The GeoMentors program maintains online maps and databases for collaborators to connect with each other, a curated collection of ArcGIS Online educational resources and curriculum materials, as well as several online groups and social media streams for community engagement and interaction.
The GeoMentors community is ready and able to help make a difference in K-12 education with GIS!
The 2017 Illinois Geographic Bee will be held in the Bone Student Center on the campus of Illinois State University (Normal, Illinois) on Friday, March 31, 2017. More information, including a detailed schedule of events, is available on the Illinois Geographic Bee website.
Earn Professional Development hours (at no out-of-pocket cost) for this 2-day workshop. Participants will work with experienced educators, geographers, and historians to analyze maps and primary documents using both geographical and historical thinking tools and techniques, all while receiving a variety of resources and materials ready for immediate classroom use! Two workshop locations and dates are available. Register online by May 31, 2017.
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes invites applications for its 2017 awards. The Barron Prize celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive impact on people, their communities, and the environment. Every year, 15 winners each receive $5,000 to support their service work or higher education. The application deadline is April 15, 2017. For more information and to apply, visit http://www.barronprize.org/.
Illinois was founded in 1818 and will soon be commemorating its Bicentennial. As our State’s 200 birthday approaches we invite Illinois students to participate in the celebration through the “Illinois Bicentennial” story map competition.
Entrants must be pre-collegiate students registered in grades 4-12, from Illinois public schools or non-public schools including home schools, under age 19, who have not yet received a high school diploma or equivalent.
Create an original "presentation", "web app" or "story map" using ArcGIS Online to tell an interesting story to celebrate Illinois' Bicentennial . ArcGIS Online is available to any K-12 school in the United States free of charge through ConnectEd Esri.
Registration required for teachers/ sponsors by April 24, 2017 (5:00 pm, Central Time)
Schools submit maps to state organizers by May 1, 2017 (5:00 pm Central Time)
(Registered teachers will receive a link to map submission forms)
Visit https://thinkgeospatial.education/ for more information about the contest.
The July 1-11, 2017 Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru is a cross-curricular professional development workshop for K-12 formal and informal educators to learn and use:
Join Al Stenstrup, Project Learning Tree; Dr. Nancy Trautmann, Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Dr. David Pearson, Wildlife Travellers’ Guide to Peru; along with scientists Dr. Steve Madigosky, Widener University; and Randy Morgan, Curator/Entomologist, Cincinnati Zoo as you:
PLT Certification, BirdSleuth resources and 50 Arizona State University PD Hours included. Academic Credit and Machu Picchu Extension optional. $1000 scholarship deadline February 1, 2017. With a scholarship, Academy program fees are $1395 + air. Space is limited - Register early to secure your spot!
Get the details and download a syllabus and scholarship application at: http://www.amazonworkshops.com/educator-academy.html
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-431-2624 for more information.