Colorado Geographic Alliance

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October Events and Workshop Announcement
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Geography Awareness Week
Geography Bee
Giant Map at UCCS
DMSN Webinars
Geography Awareness Week 2013
November 17th-23rd
Celebrate Geography and The New Age of Exploration this year from November 17th through the 23rd in 2013. Celebrated in conjunction with the National Geographic Society's 125th Birthday the week's theme focuses on how geography enables us all to be intrepid explorers in our own way.
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs GeoClub and COGA will be hosting a GeoQuiz night on Thursday, November 19th in Berger Hall.  Come on out and join the fun - all ages in the community are welcome to help us celebrate GAW.

Would you like to host a Geography Awareness Week event or activity in your community or school?  COGA is here to help support you!  Email us at to discuss how to bring Geography Awarness Week to your town.


For more information about Geography Awarness Week, including activities that you can use in your own classroom or school, visit the National Geographic Education website.

Teachers Teaching Teachers GIS
T3G (Teachers Teaching Teachers GIS) is a professional development event for educators who help other educators learn why and how to use GIS.  Applications are due November 25th.  With the exception of travel to Redlands, CA, all expenses are covered by Esri.  Visit Esri's education community for details:
Dear COGA Member, 

As our network has expanded, we hope to provide a monthly update to our members that includes upcoming workshops, professional development opportunities, and important announcements for the Colorado Geography Education community.  While we are very committed to ensuring that your inbox is NEVER inundated with emails from us, we felt that there was enough going on in our state about geography not to wait for the regular triannual newsletter.  This allows us to ensure that our members are not missing out on connecting with geography across our state.
GeoBee Registration Deadline

If you plan to have students participate in the State and National Geographic Bee, the school the student attends must be registered.  Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging test of geographic knowledge.  Principals should write a letter on school letterhead and enclose the registration fee of U.S. $100 by October 15 (after October 15 the fee is $120), requesting that their school receive the contest materials.  At this time, ten schools in Colorado have registered.

Here is the link for principals to register their schools for the Colorado Bee:

Questions about school registration for the Bee or school Bees themselves, please see the website:

Or call the Bee line 202-828-6659.  You may also check the Colorado Geographic Bee website:

Giant Map of the Pacific at the Cool Science Festival

Students across Colorado will dive into the wonders of the Pacific Ocean with one of the world's largest maps of the world's largest ocean Sept. 30-Oct. 11.


The map, measuring 26 feet by 35 feet, will give student explorers a fun, interactive experience to enliven the study of geography.  The map will be hosted in Berger Hall on the University of Colorado Colorado Springs campus on October 5th as part of the Cool Science Festival.  This event is free and open to the public.  Read the full press release here.

Denver Museum of Science and Nature
Free Webinars for Fall 2013. These free sessions are a part of our Inquiry Shop Series.  This year's series has a focus on science inquiry and literacy.  Registration required, please sign up by clicking on the registration link for each respective session.
Making a Claim for Evidence-based Inquiry  
Tuesday, Oct 3rd
Join author and educator Jessica Fries-Gaither and Florida State University professor Marcia Mardis for this webinar for educators looking for strategies to use informational text as a way of incorporating claims and evidence reasoning into inquiry teaching.
Rigor and Inquiry 
Tuesday, Oct 22nd
Join Wendy Ward Hoffer, author and consultant, as she shares ways to deepen your students' learning experiences by applying more rigorous approaches to science inquiry
Empowering ECE Students Through Vocabulary Development  
Thursday, Nov 7th
Join educator Kerry Zarlengo as she shares ways to use science content and activities to create word-rich environments that immerse ECE students in vocabulary development. 
For details on any of the announcements above, or if you'd like to promote your own geography-related workshop or event to the Colorado geographic community, please visit our website at or email us at
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