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Geography Awareness Week is over for 2014, but Thanksgiving Provides an Opportunity to think about the Future of Food

Check out the National Geographic Education collection on food, or visit The New York Times to explore recipes from across the country.  Do you agree that these are representative of your home state?  Should "Pecan Pie Bites with Gravy" be carrying the banner for Colorado?  What can't you live without on your Thanksgiving table?  Comment on COGA's facebook page.

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.  


Complete GeoBee Registration by December 15th!

National Geographic is preparing for the 2015 GeoBee! Participate with thousands of other schools and spark an interest in geography. Students in grades 4-8 are eligible. All registration will be online. Try the daily GeoBee Challenge!

GeoBee Participants            GeoBee Stage            Challenge link


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!

  VISION

Changing how you understand and experience the world

MISSION

To instill and nurture spatial awareness and geographic literacy

VALUES

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.

 


 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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