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.
The July 1-11, 2018 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; Kristie Reddick, The Bug Chicks; along with scientists Dr. Steve Madigosky, Widener University; and Randy Morgan, Curator/Entomologist, Cincinnati Zoo as you:
PLT Certification, BirdSleuth, and other resources included. Academic Credit and Machu Picchu Extension optional. $1100 scholarship deadline February 1, 2017. With a scholarship, Academy Program fees are $1395 + air. Space is limited to 30 educators - Register early to secure your spot!
Get the details and download a syllabus and scholarship application at: www.amazonworkshops.com/educator-academy. Contact Educator Academy Director, Christa Dillabaugh, for more information:
Email: email@example.com // phone: 1-800-431-2624.
Back by popular demand, the World of 7 Billion student video contest helps you bring technology and creativity into your middle and high school classes. The contest challenges your students to create a short video connecting world population growth and one of three global challenges: Advancing Women and Girls, Feeding 10 Billion, or Preventing Pollution. Students can win up to $1,000 and participating teachers will receive free curriculum resources. The contest deadline is February 22, 2018 – use this lesson plan to get started now! Full contest guidelines, resources for research, past winners, and more can be found at https://www.worldof7billion.org/student-video-contest/.
At Esri, we are impressed by and want to showcase the hard work and creativity of U.S. K-12 teachers using ArcGIS Online. So, we are holding a monthly video challenge. Show us the powerful things you do! Learn more!
Photo Credit: Enric Sala
Did you hear the news? National Geographic has teamed up with Google Earth so you can show your students the world without leaving the classroom. Check out our free educational resources and join Nat Geo Explorers such as Paul Salopek in the field with map-based stories. See why other educators use these resources to empower our next generation of explorers.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (309) 438-8115.
The Illinois Geographic Alliance and the Department of Geography, Geology, and the Environment at Illinois State University will host a 1-day, drive-in conference for geography educators on the campus of Illinois State University (Normal, Illinois) on Saturday, November 11, 2017. More information about this conference will be available shortly. If you are interested in presenting at the conference, please contact Amy Bloom (email@example.com).
Saturday, Sept. 30
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The Nat Geo Bee is an annual geography competition for students at the school, state, and national levels where students in grades 4-8 compete for a chance to win up to $50,000 in college scholarships. While students study for the Bee, they learn about the world, its people, and important historical events.