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Thanks to Joseph Kerski for providing the inaugural lecture at Fort Collins' Museum of Discovery on Thursday, January 23rd. It was a fantastic conversation among geographers, educators, and the public. Look for information about how to register for the next Night with a Geographer featuring Phil Klein from the University of Northern Colorado on "Place and Identity: How We Deﬁne Ourselves" on Thursday, March 13th.
Colorado AP Human Geography Teachers Selected to Join Dr. Joseph Stoltman of Western Michigan University for South Korea Tour
Being part of the National Geographic Alliance Network means that COGA is able to share opportunities with Colorado educators from across the country. Congratulations to Unity Hartman of George Washington High School in Denver and Robert Gilliam of William J. Palmer High School in Colorado Springs who will be joining the delegation to South Korea this summer with other AP Human Geography teachers to learn more about this culturally and politically rich country. Teachers participating in this tour will collaborate to bring depth, knowledge, and expertise about South Korea into the content that they teach. They look forward to sharing their adventures with you and with their students upon return.
Looking for some teaching tools for the Olympics?
Check out National Geographic's education site (http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/media/sports-2014-winter-olympics/?ar_a=1) to learn about the sports of the games.
Investigate the Sochi athletic venues (http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=4ff320702a12426a8c2d3f3068453069) or the distribution of Olympic Games across the world (http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=fc3ac0b4b44c414da113fe3f2dc959d8).
National Geographic Seeking Education Online Manager
The Center for Geo-Education at National Geographic is seeking a creative, energetic individual to lead website development and marketing for National Geographic's award-winning Education Portal (NatGeoEd.org). The Senior Manager for Education Online will work closely with the Center's content development and acquisition team to maximize the Education Portal's audience reach and educational impact. He or she will oversee site design and development as well as marketing and promotion for the Portal. The successful candidate will be an internally-motivated, effective manager who shares the Center's mission of educating young people about their interconnected world. The position requires experience with website development, marketing, and in K-12 education. The complete description of the position and its requirements can be found at http://www.nationalgeographic.com/jobs (ID=5834).
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:
Sample Curriculum Units
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.
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
The CDE has created a series of pages that serve as a hub of content to help support the academic achievement of students throughout the state. These pages provide information about state standards, professional development, curriculum information and instructional resources. These pages are highly reccommended to help improve curriculum in a number of areas, including Science, Social Studies, and STEM. Click here to visit the CDE Content Areas Main Page.
The Colorado Geographic Alliance endeavors to:
Instill and nurture spatial awareness and geographic literacy, by changing our understanding and experience of the world.
What can COGA bring you?