Our Vision

An effective presence of geography in the curriculum equips North Dakota students with geographic knowledge and skills to become productive global citizens and problem solvers in an interconnected world. A variety of NDGA partnerships and stakeholders clearly understand the importance of attaining geographic literacy as related to the future of ND.

Our Mission

Promote and increase the level the geography literacy, foster innovation in geographic education, and encourage stewardship and conservation of Earth's resources.

NDGA Constitution

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Core Values

As an organization the North Dakota Geographic Alliance values its role as a trusted resource, advocate, and promoter of geography and social studies education. Geographic educators of North Dakota believe:

  • Quality geographic education is important and necessary in preparing students as citizens of the 21st century

  • Geography serves as a gateway to critical thinking and productive citizenship

  • Geographic education provides an opportunity for people to view the world with multiple perspectives in terms of culture, politics, and economics

  • Geography integration increases appreciation and awareness across disciplines and curricula

  • Quality professional development and mentoring of Geography teachers is on-going

  • Core values guide the decision-making process that is based on the foundation of profound respect and trust shown us by policy-makers, community and educators as an advocate of the need for geo-literacy.


Board Chair Jeff Beck Minot jeff.beck@sendit.nodak.edu
Coordinator Marilyn Weiser Minot marilyn.weiser@minotstateu.edu
NDGA Assistant Toni Schwartz Minot toni.schwartz@minotstateu.edu
NDGA Assistant Denise Faulkner   denise.faulkner@sendit.nodak.edu

Board of Directors

Jeff Beck Minot jeff.beck@sendit.nodak.edu
Julie Costello Fargo costelj@fargo.K12.nd.us
Larry Lasch Wahpeton larry.lasch@sendit.nodak.edu
Nicole Burtman Wildrose nicole.burtman@sendit.nodak.edu
Kathy Rooke Bismarck kathy_rooke@bismarckschools.org
Mary Lee Nielson Valley City marylee@quiltedceiling.com
Douglas Munski Grand Forks douglas.munski@email.und.edu
Angie Milakovich Bismarck Angela.Milakovic@bismarckschools.edu
Marilyn Weiser Minot marilyn.weiser@minotstateu.edu
Cecilla Collins Jamestown ccollins@daktel.net
Kim Schultz Bismarck kim_schultz@bismarckschools.org
Ex Officio    
Curt Eriksmoen Fargo cjeriksmoen@cableone.net
National Geographic Education Foundation
Bob Dulli Washington D.C. bdulli@ngs.org
Newsletter Editior
NDGA Staff