Colorado Geographic Alliance

Special Topics Workshop: Geography in the Social Studies

Location: Greeley UNC Campus

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The department of Geography and GIS at UNC will host a one day workshop on Geography in the Social Studies.  This event gives priority to secondary social studies teachers in the rural districts of Colorado's eastern plains, though all districts are welcome to apply.  Workshop topics will feature: space and scale, natural resources and environment, population and migration, urbanization and economics, cultural and political geography, and maps and GIS.  For more information and to register, click here.  

Integrating the Social Studies Across Colorado History

Location: Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway Denver, CO 80203

Saturday, October 15, 2016 8:30am - 4:30pm

This professional development event is designed to enhance your skill in teaching the core concepts and tools from history, geography, economics and civics that are emphasized in Colorado's fourth grade Social Studies Standards. Four leading social studies organizations collaborate to bring this day-long workshop to elementary teachers. Subject area experts will help you understand how each discipline views the world and, more specifically, Colorado. Presentations will blend content and pedagogy and will share resources to take back to your classroom,.free to schools for educational use.  Click here for more details. Registration will be available later in the summer.

Teaching Geography with Primary Sources

Location: Aspen Country Day School, 3 Music School Rd, Aspen, CO 81611

Friday & Saturday, October 28 & 29, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Join Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) at MSU Denver and the Colorado Geographic Alliance (COGA) to learn strategies for integrating geographic primary sources from the Library of Congress into your classroom.  This free workshop will be aligned for the middle school social studies classroom, but will be relevant for anyone with interest in geography and primary source based instruction.  This workshop, which reflects the partnership between TPS and National Geographic Society State Alliances, offers a unique opportunity to apply an inquiry‐based learning model by using Library of Congress primary sources through the lens of geographic thinking. With the Library's collection of over 60 million digitized resources, students and educators gain access to the raw materials of U.S. society and cultural history.  Crossing multiple disciplines, these sources inspire curiosity, prompt interesting questions, and support informed research decisions-creating an atmosphere that promotes critical thinking and understanding. Adding the geographic perspective to the analysis of these primary sources gives new meaning and depth to these valuable resources.  Click here for more information and registration details.