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Upcoming: AP Human Geography Workshop – March 15, 2018

This is one of the last APHG workshops we will be able to offer, so if you’re an AP teacher, consider joining us. Also, if you know of an APHG teacher in your district that hasn’t attended one of our workshops, please forward this email and let them know. AP Human Geography Professional Development (6 PD credits)

March 15th, 2018 from 8:30am – 4:00pm, at The New School

2514 New School Place

Fayetteville, Arkansas 72703

$15 registration, breakfast and lunch included

to register, email Allison at: allison.dolan@thenewschool.org

Let’s get together and talk APHG!. We will have presentations from one of the original founders of APHG and former Arkansas Teacher of the Year, Paul Gray. Amber Pinter and Allison Dolan will cover content, predicting the FRQs, case studies, navigating APHG group sites, and test preparation. Guest speaker Dr. Mounir Farrah, University of Arkansas will speak on middle eastern geography and government. We will travel to Springdale for lunch where downtown renewal is occurring at a rapid pace and get to hear from Kelly Syer who works with the Downtown Springdale revitalization effort. Please bring with you your favorite activity/assignment to share in our group round robin.

Please note: the National Geographic Society has supported the Arkansas Geographic Alliance for several years, but it will end this fall and future funding is uncertain. This may be one of the last workshops for high school teachers we will be able to offer. If you teach APHG, please try to join us, and if you know of other APHG teachers, please pass this email on to them.

Workshops for 2018

Next summer the AGA is planning to host it’s 3rd Annual three-day teacher workshop at UCA. The focus of the workshop will be National Geographic’s National Initiative-teaching with the Geo-Inquiry Process. Similar in format to the past two summers, it will run Tuesday through Thursday, probably in mid-July, and other than a registration fee, the Arkansas Geographic Alliance should be able to cover expenses for travel, lodging, meals, and materials. More specific information to follow. Lots of maps and materials provided and 18 PD credits.

New Direction for the Arkansas Geographic Alliance

After three decades of supporting our State Alliance, National Geographic is making an organization shift away from the National State Alliance Network. This means that the Arkansas Geographic Alliance will be phased out at the end of OLogoctober 2018. National Geographic will continue to support K-12 geography and teachers, especially at the middle-school level, but within a different format and organizational structure. Our hope is the Department of Geography at UCA (the only stand-alone geography department in the state and centrally located for workshops) will continue to be involved, and Dr. Steve O’Connell, the new chair of that department, has applied for the new State Steward position. The Alliance leadership team will continue to support geographic education in the state and will assist him in any way so rest assured, the spirit of the Alliance will not fade away!

Welcome to the Arkansas Geographic Alliance!

This site is the gathering place for teachers, university professors, teacher candidates, parents and others who are interested in improving geography education in Arkansas. This site is devoted and committed to providing vital information to educators that will assist them as they combat the ills of geographic illiteracy.

Geographic knowledge and associated skills are critical for living in an economically and ecologically interconnected world. For those reasons, the central goal of the Arkansas Geographic Alliance is to advocate and improve geographic literacy through professional development in geography, raising teachers’, students’, and parents’ awareness of geography’s role in understanding our world, and to developing quality geography educational materials.

Visit the links on on this page to discover the multiple ways in which the Alliance can assist you as you educate the students of Arkansas about their position in a rapidly globalizing world and their responsibility to that world!

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