Latest News and Events
Eve Gruntfest is awarded the Association of American Geographers 2014 Gilbert White Public Service Honors in recognition of her career-long achievements in the study of hazard warnings and response to natural disasters. A student of Gilbert White, Dr. Eve Gruntfest began her career with an important study of public response to the 1976 catastrophic Big Thompson Flood in Colorado, producing important insights into warning systems and human behavior. As a faculty member at University of Colorado-Colorado Springs she brought compassion to her research, teaching and public service on extreme events and hazards. Read the full press release here.
Take a Survey to help out History Colorado
About 6 weeks ago, History Colorado received a federal grant to create digital badges for students to earn while exploring different topics in Colorado history online. The badges will be roughly aligned to 4th grade, 8th grade, and 11th grade curriculum. They are trying to gather as much information as possible from teachers and students across the state to help inform the design and implementation of these badges.
Earn $50 for completing a survey for Oregon Public Broadcasting
Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) along with RMC Research Corp., an independent program research and evaluation firm, will be conducting an online formative evaluation survey in November 2013 in connection with a teacher resource currently under development titled Essential Lens: Analyzing Photographs Across the Curriculum. The resource is funded by Annenberg Learner (www.learner.org), and consists of multidisciplinary teacher professional development materials developed by our advisor board, which consists of experts in the subject areas, along with teacher advisors and our production team. For more details, check out the flyer.
The Global Connections and Exchange Youth TechCamps : My Community, Our Earth Program (GCE MyCOE) is looking for current high school students in the United States, Bolivia, Panama and South Africa. High school students from each of these countries will be selected to form teams and will collaborate online and in person at one of three rounds of training events to be held in Bolivia, Panama and South Africa. Follow the link for more details!
The Common Core Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science & Technical Subjects <http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RH/introduction> address the concepts and skills students need to successfully read and write in the social studies classroom. These standards guide students in understanding primary sources and other social studies texts through specific skills/strategies for reading and writing. The skills support students' learning of the content and enhance teachers' instruction in the classroom. National Geographic also has a great page developed to assist with making connections between geography and the English language Common Core. You can find that page here:
Geography Awareness Week and GeoQuiz Night
Geography Awareness Week is just around the corner - November 17th - 23rd, and the UCCS GeoClub and COGA are already planning another great event. Join us on Tuesday, November 19th at Berger Hall on the UCCS Campus for the 2nd Annual GeoQuiz Night! This event last year was so popular that the GeoClub won a R.O.A.R. award through the college office of Student Life and Leadership, and we're going for a repeat this year. Come on out to test your knowledge of geography with free food provided by the Flying Carrot and the UCCS Local Food Club. This year's theme is "The Geography of Colorado." All ages and knowledge levels are welcome! Bring a friend, or bring your whole geography class! For a printable flyer that you can use to help spread the word, click here.
eNetColorado and the Colorado BOCES Association have created a resource bank of all the unit files available through the Colorado District Sample Curriculum project. Teachers can now search for sample curriculum by content area and grade level and individual units are available for download as Word and PDF files. Districts and teachers are also encouraged to link directly to any resource and file for use locally.
The latest special topics page from COGA, "Wildfires," is live on our website. This page includes articles, resources, maps, and information useful for exploring and analyzing wildfires both in Colorado and nationally. This page also includes a Black Forest Fire perimeter map created by UCCS student Nate Siebert that reached over 23,000 views! If you have any links or information on wildfires you'd like to share to add to this page, or additional topics you'd like explored under our "Special Topics" section, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AP Human Geography Resource Collection from National Geographic
National Geographic Education has created a portal on the NatGeoEd.org website for AP Human Geography teachers to visit for teaching and learning resources, including classroom activities, videos, maps, background reading material, and more. The new portal organizes content from National Geographic Education by each of the major topics taught in the AP Human Geography course. The collection will grow over time as new content aligning to the course topics is published online. Click here to access this great resource!
Colorado Department of Education Content Areas
This Is What Geographers Do:
The Colorado Geographic Alliance endeavors to:
Instill and nurture spatial awareness and geographic literacy, by changing our understanding and experience of the world.