History of COGA
The Colorado Geographic Alliance, part of a network of fifty Geographic Alliances across the country, was founded in 1989 by the National Geographic Society and geographers in Colorado. Our main objective is to provide resources and professional development for elementary and secondary school teachers, ensuring the public understands the rationale behind comprehensive geography education throughout the State of Colorado. COGA is a state-wide educator’s organization in which the collective knowledge of experienced teachers of geography is shared with others to strengthen the position of geography in all Colorado schools. Communication and programs supported by COGA develop and foster grassroots collaboration to facilitate interaction of teachers and to encourage conversations about geographic concepts across the state.
A grant from the Colorado Geography Education Fund (COGEF), which was established by the National Geographic Society's Geography Education Fund, supports programs and activities. The Colorado Geography Education Fund's Advisory Committee advises COGA's Coordinators and evaluates its programs. Administrative offices for COGA are located at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
As of November 1st, 2008, COGA is housed at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. We are developing exciting opportunities to help teach geography and to emphasize the importance of geography education across the state of Colorado.
COGA Membership and Leadership Council
The Colorado Geographic Alliance encourages anyone interested in Geography to become COGA members. COGA is dedicated to bringing all of the following (& more) to members:
Membership is free & simple: Just sign up via this link.
The Alliance is guided by a voluntary Leadership Council (LC) comprised of active members whose purpose is to steward the organization through careful adherence to its mission, vision, values, and strategic plan, providing a model of shared leadership. The LC is comprised of various stakeholders in geography education, as described in this document. If you are interested in being part of the Leadership Committee, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brief Chronology of COGA
Thanks to Sophia Linn for preparing this review.