Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Revisions of Colorado Academic Standards

All Coloradans are invited to provide feedback on drafts of the proposed revisions within all content areas of the Colorado Academic Standards.

Geography content is both in science as well as in social studies standards.

Please share your perspectives with the review committees: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction/casreview

Monday, September 18, 2017

Document Based Questions in Geography: Reading and Writing with Evidence

There are still a few spots open!

Come join the DBQ Project for an engaging, collaborative day. Learn ways to encourage students to ask more questions about geography, analyze maps, charts and text sources. Acquire skills to help students with speaking and writing clearly; moreover, discover electronic solutions for these challenges. You will leave with a free lesson from the DBQ Project's new Mini-Qs in geography, resources from National Geographic and information about teaching with geospatial technology.

Date & Time: Saturday, September 30th, 9 am to 3 pm
Location: University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Check out this flyer for more information or click here to register.

Friday, September 8, 2017

World of 7 Billion Video Contest

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/.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

National Geographic Giant Traveling Maps

National Geographic releases information about prices for purchasing Giant Traveling Maps!

Although you cannot yet order the Giant Map of Colorado, you can start to plan to purchase one for your district or region. Visit the National Geographic website for details.

National Geographic State maps were created using the expertise of National Geographic’s cartographic division and research on elementary spatial thinking. Each state map comes with a downloadable pdf and a handbook with lessons which can be used on any state map. Shipping and handling is $25 for the 48 contiguous United States, and $80 for Alaska and Hawaii. The Giant Map of Colorado will cost $675.

Information about materials and lessons specific to Colorado will be available on the Colorado Geographic Alliance website.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to serve in the national education arena. Fellows spend eleven months working in a Federal agency or U.S. Congressional office, bringing their extensive classroom knowledge and experience to STEM education program and/or education policy efforts. At the end of the Fellowship, educators are prepared to return home equipped with access to a national network of education leaders and programs, a better understanding of the challenges and possibilities in STEM education, and a renewed passion for teaching ready to make significant contributions to their schools and school districts.

Applications for the 2018-2019 program are due November 16, 2017, 8:00pm EST, and must be submitted through an online application system (http://science.energy.gov/wdts/einstein/).

To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. citizens, be a current employed full-time in a U.S. public or private elementary or secondary school or school district, and must have taught full-time in a public or private elementary or secondary school for at least five of the last seven years in a STEM discipline.

Current sponsoring agencies include, but may not be limited to, the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The DOE also sponsors up to five placements in U.S. Congressional offices.

The AEF Program is managed by the DOE Office of Science, Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists, in collaboration with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.

Information about the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program, including eligibility requirements, program benefits, application requirements, and access to the online application system can be found at http://science.energy.gov/wdts/einstein/.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Geography Community Gathering

NCSS - Geography Community Gathering in San Francisco

Thursday, November 16, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Soma Restaurant and Bar
85 5th St., San Francisco

The California and Tennessee Geographic Alliances are teaming up to host the NCSS Geography Community Gathering this year at the NCSS conference in San Francisco. Join them for an evening of comradery, the awarding of the 2017 Grant for the Enhancement of Geographic Literacy, and a little Geography Community business.

Cost is $35.00 per person that must be paid in advance before Friday, November 10th. This includes a prix fixe dinner.

Visit their website for more information and click here to download the registration form.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Windsor Charter Academy Teaching Position

Job Opportunity at Windsor Charter Academy teaching an Early College Course in Geography -

Part-time geography teacher for basic college-level geography. Course is taught on campus in Windsor Mondays, Wednesdays and alternating Fridays (they have a block schedule so each class would be about 90 minutes long).

Pay is roughly $50 per contact hour.

Since the course offers direct college credit (not an AP class), instructors must hold a master's degree or higher in geography.

It is a PERA position.

Contact Rebecca Teeples at rebecca.teeples@windsorcharteracademy.org for information.