Colorado Geographic Alliance

GrosvenorApplications for th 2015 Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship are now open!
Applications for the 2015 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program are now open. Click here to apply. Applications will close Sunday, January 4th at 11:59PM. 
The Grosvenor Teacher Fellow (GTF) program is a professional development opportunity made possible by a partnership between National Geographic Education and Lindblad Expeditions. This opportunity is designed to give current K-12 classroom teachers and informal educators the opportunity to extend Grosvenor's legacy of excellence in geographic education.

RACERACE: Are We So Different? Open now through January 4th, 2015 at History Colorado
Head over to History Colorado in Denver and view their new exhibit. "RACE brings together the everyday experience of living with race, its history, the role of science in that history and the findings of contemporary science that are challenging its foundations." See more here!

Look for state GeoTours  from National Geographic!
Thanks to Sarah Richings-Germain who created a fantastic GeoTour of Colorado.  These maps provide good introductions for elementary students to think about important locations and landmarks in states across the country.  Share the maps with your students, and then invite them to make their own maps using MapMaker interactive.

National Geographic has a new resource for educators: FREE tabletop-sized maps.

The maps were designed to reflect spatial thinking research at the elementary level. All maps visually represent the appropriate amount of information for K-5 students. However, they can be used by any grade level.  Click here to find the map of Colorado.  

Proposals and Award Nominations for National Council for Geography Education Conference Now Accepted

Visit the National Council for Geographic Education website for additional details about how to submit a proposal for the 2015 Conference being held in Washington, DC, August 6 - 9.  Deadline for abstract submission is February 1, 2015.NCGE

Colorado Council for the Social Studies Conference: Good Technology, Better Advocacy, Best Practices

April 10, 2015, Doubletree Hotel, Tech Center, Denver

Seeking something we've shared in the past?  Easily search our archives of lesson plans, resources, videos, maps, and other content on our Blogger site.  Look for upcoming Geography Awareness Week material!


Changing how you understand and experience the world


To instill and nurture spatial awareness and geographic literacy


Inspiring passion for Earth and its inhabitants

Connecting people with geography

Honoring inclusivity and diversity

Exploring physical and human environments

Developing spatial perspective

The Colorado Geographic Alliance endeavors to:

Instill and nurture spatial awareness and geographic literacy, by changing our understanding and experience of the world.

Join Coga

What can COGA bring you?

Connections We connect educators, administrators, non-profits, geographic corporations, and legislators with each other, forming a community of stakeholders in Geographic Education. 

Workshops - COGA coordinates and sponsors teacher education workshops throughout the year to advance understanding of geographic education.

Advocacy - Of nine areas listed as core academic subjects in the No Child Left Behind Act, geography is the only one that has no dedicated federal funding program.  COGA works through local, state, and national legislators to advance geo-literacy in our schools and communities.

This is What Geographers Do

Landscape Cake

Angela Cunningham and Melissa Harkavy with Their "Landscake", an Edible Landscape Cake

Once a month at CU Boulder, the campus hosts a "creative evening", open to the whole camps,  so students can get together, mingle, and share ideas. This month, the event consisted of a cake decorating class, with the theme "What Does Life at CU Mean to You?" These two students, Angela and Melissa, show off their Colorado cake, featuring delicious topography and a mouthwatering river. Now, this is what geographers do!

Geo-Educator Community






The Geo-Educator Community

New from National Geographic

With the rapid pace of change in the 21st century, it is more important than ever that young people understand the world around them. However, the focus of current education reform is elsewhere—leaving educators who are committed to teaching young people about their interconnected world out in the cold. National Geographic wants to change all that and is launching the Geo-Education Initiative to improve education about our world. The first step in this initiative is building a Geo-Educator Community for educators who are committed to teaching their students about the world.  Connect through the Geo-Educator portal by way of on and off line platforms, social media, newsletters, a blog.  Visit the Geo-Educator Community page to learn more.

COGA Has Giant Traveling Maps! 


Big enough to walk andplay on, Giant Traveling Maps are a great way to get students interested in geography.  Get in touch with COGA to get one of these fun resources for your school.

 Follow us outside of the COGA website - fun news stories, additional resources, and new ways to connect with other educators, students, and professionals who are interested in Colorado Geography in all forms!

See what is new and current on COGA's blog.

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Follow Colorado Geographic Alliance on Pinterest

COGA maintains several boards on Pinterest, with topics ranging from AP Human Geography to Interesting Maps. If you are a Colorado Educator, you will find something you can use in the classroom here.



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