Friday, February 10, 2017

CDC Science Ambassador Fellowship

2017 CDC Science Ambassador Fellowship

The competitive fellowship is for teachers and educational leaders interested in bringing public health into current middle and high school classrooms. 

Dates: July 10-14
Location: CDC headquarters in Atalanta, GA

The 5 day summer course includes a 1 year distance based professional development opportunity. 

Applications are due February 15, 2017.

For more information, please click here.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

International Curriculum Development Workshop

The Geographic Alliance of Iowa is offering an international curriculum development workshop; it is a National Geographic Expeditions trip that includes the Amazon Rain Forest and Machu Picchu.

Dates: June 24 - July 3

This workshop includes 3 hours of graduate credit in Geography from the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). UNI offers this graduate credit for a subsidized rate of $75 per credit hour and includes out-of-state residents.  

All in-service and pre-service educators are eligible for this reduced rate.

For more details, click here.

E-mail Alex Oberle before Friday, February 17 if you would like to sign up or would like more information; moreover, a commitment and down payment of $250 will be needed.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

NCGE Conference Proposals and Award Nomination Submissions Extension

The deadline for conference proposals has been extended until February 17!

Make a contribution to the greater geography education community at the National Conference on Geography Education and participate by submitting a proposal. All presenters must be registered for the conference by April 30 to be included in the final program and conference app. Every person listed as a presenter on your abstract must be registered to attend the conference, as well.

The deadline for NCGE award nomination submissions has been extended until February 24! 

NCGE is dedicated to recognizing educators and advocates who have made outstanding contributions to geography education. Awards are given for teaching, research, and service, and all award recipients will be honored at the National Conference on Geography Education in Albuquerque, NM.

NCGE has negotiated special discounted room rates with the Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town for all conference attendees. Register to attend the conference and make your hotel reservations today!

Learn more about the National Conference on Geography Education here!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

National Geographic Student Expeditions

Nominate a Deserving Teen Today!

Recognize a teen in your life who is making a difference in their community or even beyond. Whether it's tutoring kids at a local elementary school or raising awareness about wildlife conservation in Africa, we want to honor the contributions of student changemakers.

Tell us about a student you know - age 13 or older, enrolled in grades 7 through 12, and residing in the United States - who has made an exceptional, positive impact through a service-related pursuit. One deserving teen will win a community service trip with National Geographic Student Expeditions!

The submission deadline for the Nat Geo Teen Service Awards is Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

Visit the site to learn more and nominate a student.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


NCGE's GeoCamp Iceland Institute is a graduate level equivalent short course in geographic inquiry and field methods for in-service teachers. Iceland's extraordinary and unique landscapes serve as the classroom and laboratory from July 8-17, 2017. Guided by Icelandic field leaders, participants will learn directly from Iceland's renewable energy experts, sail on a fishing vessel, visit active volcanoes, and walk upon receding glaciers and in rift valleys. Working alongside local teachers, participants have the opportunity to explore historic sites and enjoy Icelandic foods, and much more!

GeoCamp Iceland 2017 Applications should be returned by January 15, 2017.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Course Starts Tomorrow: Last Chance to Enroll

Telling Your Story with Esri Story Maps COURSE 

This course will enable participants to understand why stories can be effectively told with today’s interactive, web-based story maps, learn how to teach and assess student work with story maps, and learn how to create story maps that incorporate sounds, video, photographs, narrative, and other multimedia. Through readings, videos, quizzes, discussion with your colleagues, and hands-on activities, you will learn how and why to create story maps using the ArcGIS Online platform and be confident that you can use these tools in your instruction.

Course Background: 

For thousands of years, maps have been used to tell stories. These maps told which lands were “known” and which lands were “terra incognita”, coastlines and new political boundaries, and routes of famous explorers. As in the past, maps are used today to tell stories about the regions, places, and physical and cultural characteristics of our world.

Today’s maps are detailed, allowing exploration of the median age and income of a community’s neighborhoods and the chemical conditions of water in specific wells or soil in a specific field. Maps give information about data that is occurring in real time—such as current wildfire extents, weather, earthquakes, or the location of all of a city’s buses. Maps describe historical events from famous battles to land use changes over time in a rainforest. Maps can be in two dimensions, and three dimensions, and can be accessed on any device—smartphone, tablet, or laptop computer. They can be embedded in web pages and other multimedia and other tools, and can be updated instantly by citizen scientists using their smartphones. Maps cover thousands of relevant themes and phenomena and scales–from local to global scale.

Another key difference between modern maps versus those of the past is that modern maps are much more than reference documents. True, maps still show us where things are. But they are valued because they help us understand the “whys” of “where” – by allowing us to use spatial analytical tools to detect patterns, relationships, and trends. Thus, maps have become critical analytical tools that can help us solve the problems in our world that are growing more complex and increasingly affect our everyday lives. These include epidemics, biodiversity loss, natural hazards, agricultural viability, political instability, climate change, food security, energy, water quality and quantity, and many more.

Globally, you could make maps of any of the above themes. In your own community, you could tell stories about sports, community gardens, housing type, schools and libraries and other community resources, tree cover, litter and graffiti, zoning changes, historical settlement, how your community compares to others across your region or to those halfway around the world, and other aspects of your community through these live story maps. Students can use story maps to report on the results of their investigations. As a researcher, you or your students could use these maps to investigate pertinent issues in human health, sociology, political geography, public safety, or a host of other disciplines. As an instructor, you could use maps to tell stories to enhance your lessons in courses ranging from geography to biology to history to language arts to earth science to mathematics, and other disciplines. You can use story maps to assess student work and a method whereby students can communicate their investigations to you and to their peers.

Begins Winter 2017 Term: 4 January 2017 – 8 February 2017
Price: $95.00
For More Information Video:
To register for this course, click here.
Carolyn Gardner: or Joseph Kerski (below).

Facilitator and Contact Information: 

Instructor: Joseph J. Kerski, Ph.D., GISP.
Video Channel:
Text and Voice: 303-625-3925

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

2017 NCGE Awards

National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) is now accepting nominations for the 2017 awards cycle. Awards are given for teaching, research, and service, and all award recipients will be honored at the 2017 National Conference on Geography Education in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

NCGE is dedicated to recognizing educators and advocates who have made outstanding contributions to geography education. NCGE's highest award is the George J Miller Award, named for NCGE's founder and long-time editor of the Journal of Geography. Award nomination materials can be submitted in the spring to the NCGE Central Office. The materials are then forwarded to the appropriate committees for evaluation. Winners are announced in early summer and recipients are recognized at a special ceremony during NCGE's annual conference.

Learn more about award deadlines and qualifications here.