Geograms

Something for everyone: Teachers, parents and everyone curious about geography and those interested in geo-literacy.

The monthly GeoGram highlights new web sites, informative articles, travel and grant proposal opportunities, schedules for professional development programs and many items of interest to friends of geography.

Check out a Geogram and keep yourself up to date with geographic related information throughout the region.

Organizations

US Census
Choose American FactFinder

US Geological Survey
Federal source for science about the Earth, its natural and living resources, natural hazards, and the environment.

National Council for Geographic Education
The National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) works to enhance the status and quality of geography teaching and learning. Consider joining!!

National Council for the Social Studies
The mission of National Council for the Social Studies is to provide leadership, service, and support for all social studies educators.

 

National Geographic Society Education Foundation
For more than a hundred years, the National Geographic Society has pursued its mission to increase and diffuse geographic knowledge. The Society has made a special effort to support this goal by establishing the Education & Children’s Programs department, which works to motivate and enable each new generation to become geographically literate.

National Science Teachers Association
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), founded in 1944 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning

Resources for the Common Core State Standards

Common Core English Language Arts and Geography Connections
An Alignment of Common Core ELA and National Geography Standards
This guide is an alignment of the Common Core English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects to the Geography for Life: National Geography Standards, Second Edition. 
Go directly to your grade level:
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About National Geographic and the Common Core
The National Geographic Society offers K-12 educators resources that align to and support the Common Core State Standards. The National Geographic Society offers K-12 educators resources that align to and support the Common Core State Standards, including lesson plans galore!
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The Road Map Project brought together experts in geography, education, and research from across the U.S. to create a set of landmark reports focusing on key issues for educational improvement: instructional materials for students, education of teachers, assessment, research, and public attitudes. These road map reports will chart a course for the large-scale improvement of K-12 geography education in the U.S.

Funded by a 2-year, $2.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation, this project responds to the growing recognition among business leaders and policy makers that Americans lack the critical geographic understanding and reasoning skills that will be required for careers and civic life in the 21st century.

A lengthy document, to say the least. Please note the following, “Under The Reports, click Instructional Materials and Professional Development Taking Action, page 125.”
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College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards

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College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards: State Guidance for Enhancing the Rigor of K-12 Civics, Economics, Geography, and History

The result of a three year state-led collaborative effort, the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards was developed to serve two audiences: for states to upgrade their state social studies standards and for practitioners — local school districts, schools, teachers and curriculum writers — to strengthen their social studies programs. Its objectives are to: a) enhance the rigor of the social studies disciplines; b) build critical thinking, problem solving, and participatory skills to become engaged citizens; and c) align academic programs to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies.
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