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.
Choose the breakout sessions that best fit your needs and interests. Be inspired throughout the day with ideas and resources to implement in your classroom. Conference presenters and breakout sessions are currently being finalized; however, the tentative list includes breakout sessions on the following:
Receive a bag and fill it with free teacher materials, resources, and maps throughout the conference. In addition, you have a chance to win door prizes!
Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017
(Veteran’s Day and the Saturday before Geography Awareness Week and GIS Day)
Time: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
(Check-in and light refreshments 9:30 – 10:00 AM and sessions 10:00 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)
Check-in: Outside Felmley Hall of Science Annex room 133
(Please enter the building through the double doors on School Street near the intersection of School Street and College Avenue.)
Cost: There is no cost to attend this conference!
(Thanks to a grant to the Illinois Geographic Alliance from the National Geographic Society Education Foundation and additional funds from the Illinois State University Department of Geography, Geology, and the Environment, there is no registration fee for this conference.)
Registration: Please submit an online registration form.
(While we prefer that you register online in advance of the conference, you may also register in person the morning of the conference.)
Professional Development Hours: Professional Development (PD) hours (formerly referred to as CPDUs) will be provided at no out-of-pocket cost to in-service K-12 teachers that are members of the Illinois Geographic Alliance. PD Hours evidence of completion forms will be generated through the Illinois Regional Office of Education (ROE) #17 via a request from the Illinois Geographic Alliance. The Illinois Geographic Alliance will pay the fee for each teacher requesting the form. Please be aware that you must participate in the entire conference in order to receive the PD hours.
(To become a member of the Illinois Geographic Alliance simply complete the online membership form available at https://iga.illinoisstate.edu/membership/. There is no cost to become a member.)
Organizers: The 2017 Geography Education in the 21st Century Conference is organized by the Illinois Geographic Alliance with additional support from the Illinois State University Department of Geography, Geology, and the Environment. The conference is funded by a grant to the Illinois Geographic Alliance from the National Geographic Society Education Foundation with additional funds from the Illinois State University Department of Geography, Geology, and the Environment.
This past Saturday I made the trek from the suburbs of Chicago to Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal to attend the 2017 Geography in the 21st Century Conference. I made this 2 hour journey across the cold, flat, farm fields of central Illinois, with my friend and fellow #worldgeochat moderator Chris Heffernan. (@cheffernan75 ) Neither of us had attended this conference before so we didn’t quite know what to expect. Although we found the conference was small in the number of attendees it was big on learning. It checked off the biggest box for a successful conference...walking out with strategies, resources, and ideas you could use in your classroom that next day! All of those new ideas and resources made it definitely worth the 2 hour drive and giving up watching a big slate of college football games.
I attended 4 sessions: “The National Geographic Geo-Inquiry Process”, “Bringing the World to your Classroom”, “Geographical Thinking in Action” and “Using Historical Maps to Examine Historical Thinking and Geographic Thinking.” I learned something new at all 4 sessions which is always a win! The remainder of this post will recap my big take aways from each session.
For more information: If you have questions or would like additional information about the 2017 Geography Education in the 21st Century Conference, please contact:
Illinois Geographic Alliance
Phone: (309) 438-8115