Department of Geography
Alabama Geographic Alliance
The Alabama Geographic Alliance and the University of North Alabama’s Department of Geography are hosting the Multi-State Alliance Geo-Literacy Leadership Institute from June 23-28, 2013. The Institute is sponsored by grants from the National Geographic Education Foundation, as well as the state alliances of Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. Four teachers from each state will be selected to participate in this exciting and professionally rewarding institute.
The Institute will focus on policy advocacy, media relations, and community engagement. Participants will develop leadership skills for promoting geo-literacy targeted to each state and, in general, to the entire Alliance Network. Alliance coordinators and guests presenters will provide information and guidance including:
- History of geography education
- Definitions of geo-literacy
- Importance of geography
- Spatial thinking
- Geography standards and Common Core
- Educational governance at the state and federal level
- Social media, media relations, and making the pitch for geography
- Grant writing
Upon completion of the Institute, participants are required to implement outreach and support activities determined as action items in the Institute. Participants will also be expected to accept leadership roles within the Alliance relative to their personal strengths and interests in support of geo-literacy in K-12 education.
If you are interested, please download and complete the Leadership Institute application and return it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 31, 2013. Applicants will be notified within ten days of the deadline regarding the decisions made by the Selection Committee. More detailed information including travel, housing, food and stipend will be provided at that time.