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.
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 (email@example.com) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
National Geographic Bee registration is open! Help spread the word at events, on your website, social media, and newsletters. Find details, including eligibility, at NatGeoBee.org and promotional resources in the Nat Geo Bee toolkit.
National Geographic is rewarding educators with an opportunity to travel to New York City! Registered school Bee coordinators get one sweepstakes entry for holding their own school Bee, and an additional entry for each referral to a new school Bee coordinator. Visit NatGeoBee.org for details.
Early bird registration ($100) ends Thursday, December 22, 2016.
During this weekend workshop, discover how maps, prints, and other historic objects can be used as primary sources in the classroom. Explore in-depth the exhibition "We Are One: Mapping the Road from Revolution to Independence" with museum educators and experts. Experience a behind-the-scenes tour of Colonial Williamburg's historic area and meet people of the past as they bring to life the impact of changing political boundaries during the Revolutionary period.
Chicago Public School (CPS) teachers: Scholarships to cover the registration fee and up to $1,000 towards travel and lodging are available for Chicago Public School (CPS) teachers. Please contact Alicia Hainsworth (Coordinator Trainer for Teacher Professional Development, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation) at (757) 565-8614 as soon as possible regarding the scholarships.
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 email@example.com or 1-800-431-2624 for more information.