The Illinois Geographic Alliance, LLC and the Department of Geography, Geology, and the Environment at Illinois State University are excited to announce the 2020 Geography Education in the 21st Century VIRTUAL Conference, a conference for geography educators that includes a keynote and breakout sessions via Zoom.
This virtual 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.
The conference theme this year is "Teaching Geography during the COVID-19 Pandemic" with conference sessions focused on digital learning tools and resources (e.g., websites, interactive maps, online GIS, and apps). The conference includes a keynote by a National Geographic educator and breakout sessions presented by experienced K-16 educators.
Date: Saturday, November 7, 2020
Time: 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Zoom Link will be emailed to you a day or two prior to the conference.
Cost: Registration is free.
Unfortunately, due to the virtual conference format, we are not able to provide PD hours (CPDUs) this year.
Registration: Please complete the online registration form.
Questions about the conference can be emailed to the Illinois Geographic Alliance, LLC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 History Symposium, Breaking Out...A New Perspective on Teaching History & the Social Sciences
Presented on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at the McLean County Museum of History in Downtown Bloomington
2015 Illinois Geographical Society Annual Meeting:
Prairie Nexus: Transportation Hub of Downstate Illinois
April 30-May 2, 2015
As part of this meeting, the Illinois Geographic Alliance provided a workshop, “GIS for Illinois Teachers”, from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, 2015. Workshop participants explored a gallery of ready-to-use maps and story maps, created their own maps, and reviewed online lesson plans.
July 10, 2018 at Illinois State University
The Illinois Geographic Alliance (IGA) and the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Midwest Region are pleased to offer a 1-day workshop for elementary teachers as part of the Illinois Bicentennial celebration in 2018. The goal of the workshop is to introduce primary sources (e.g., maps, photographs, documents) related to the Illinois Bicentennial that elementary teachers can use to integrate into their existing curriculum. Come join us as we celebrate 200 years of Illinois history!
CPDU credits will be provided at no cost to all teachers. The workshop is free, but participants must register for the workshop by July 1, 2018. Please register online here. Questions should be directed to:
Dr. John Kostelnick
Department of Geography, Geology, & the Environment
Illinois State University
Do you believe in empowering students to think like explorers? In building geographic competency across disciplines? In inspiring students to be global thinkers who can change the world? If so, you’re in good company here.
The Illinois Geographic Alliance (IGA), in partnership with the Geographic Society of Chicago and the Geographic Alliance of Iowa, is pleased to announce three Exploring the Geo-Inquiry Process summer workshops for educators. These 2-day workshops seek to inspire educators to teach students about the world in innovative and interdisciplinary ways. The experience will provide participants with professional recognition and development; connections and community with like-minded educators; and relationships, resources, and perks with National Geographic.
The Geo-Inquiry Process relies on using a geographic perspective, offering a unique lens to analyze space, place, and the interconnections between both the human and natural world. Using both a geographic perspective and the Geo-Inquiry Process students begin to connect complex components, see patterns, and make connections that change their communities.
Participating teachers will receive a $150 stipend for successful completion of the workshop. In addition, Professional Development hours (formerly referred to as CPDUs) will be provided for Illinois K-12 in-service teachers who participate in the entire workshop.
Workshop priority will be given to middle school social studies teachers, middle school science teachers, and middle school teacher librarians/media specialists. However, elementary, high school, and other educators are encouraged to apply and will be invited to attend as space permits.
Three workshops will be offered in Summer 2018:
Thanks to a grant from the National Geographic Society Education Foundation, there is no fee to participate in these workshops; however, space is limited.
For additional details about each workshop, including the online application information, please see the workshop flier.
Questions can be emailed to the Illinois Geographic Alliance at email@example.com.