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: firstname.lastname@example.org // 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.
The Illinois Geographic Alliance and the Department of Geography, Geology, and the Environment at Illinois State University are excited to announce the 2017 Geography Education in the 21st Century Conference, a 1-day, drive-in conference for geography educators that includes networking opportunities, a keynote, and a variety of breakout sessions to choose from.
This conference is applicable for a wide range of geography educators including pre-service and in-service elementary school, middle school/junior high, and high school teachers and community college and college/university geography instructors and professors. This conference is a fantastic opportunity for you to network with geography educators from around the state.
Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Location: Felmely Hall of Science and the Femley Science Hall of Science Annex on the campus of Illinois State University (Normal, IL)
Cost: There is no cost to attend this conference!
Registration: Please submit an online registration form.
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.