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NCGE President's Column: What One Award Can Do!

January 31, 2017

As our NCGE awards deadline approaches (February 24, 2017), I can’t help but reflect on some of the most meaningful and not so meaningful awards that I’ve accumulated, as I’m sure all of you have over the years, as well. Actually, there are good memories connected with most of them, along with a…

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Announcing the Appointment of New Members to NCGE's Board of Directors

January 5, 2017

The National Council for Geographic Education is proud to announce the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors. Joining the Board of Directors are Dr. Erin Fouberg, and Mr. Ram Balasubramanian. Both of these appointments reflect NCGE’s commitment to seeking out individuals that wi…

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NCGE President's Column: Auld Acquaintances

December 20, 2016


We twa hae run about the braes,

and pou'd the gowans fine;

But we've wander'd mony a weary fit,

sin' auld lang syne.


We twa hae paidl'd in the burn,

frae morning sun till dine;

But seas between us braid hae roar'd

sin' auld lang syne.


And there's a hand…

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Help Support NCGE & Geography Education!

November 29, 2016

Join the worldwide #GivingTuesday movement and help redefine the giving spirit this holiday season by really making a difference and donating to NCGE! #GivingTuesday harnesses the collective power of individuals and connects diverse groups of people, communities and organizations around the worl…

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NCGE President’s Column: Geography Awareness Week--Explore the Power of Parks!

November 10, 2016

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” ~John Muir

Americans have celebrated Geography Awa…

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Me on the Map: A Song and Lesson Plan for Geography Educators

November 2, 2016

Brady Rymer, a twice Grammy nominated children’s musician, recently released a music video for his song “Me on the Map.” The song from Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could’s 2016 album, Press Play, encourages kids to explore the geography of their hometown and develop a relationship wi…

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President's Column: The Role of Travel in the Professional Development of Geography Educators

October 20, 2016

“ occurred to my mind, one day, to travel again to the lands of other people, and I felt a longing for the occupation of traffic, and the pleasure of seeing the countries and islands of the world, and gaining my subsistence.” From “The Second Voyage of Es-Sindibad of the Sea” in the S…

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Seeking Suggestions for Strands/Themes for the 2017 Conference!

September 26, 2016

NCGE is seeking your input for new, interesting, engaging, and exciting academic strands/themes for our 2017 National Conference on Geography Education in Albuquerque, NM! These strands will be used as themes for all of our sessions throughout the upcoming conference. Please email academics@nc…

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2017 NCGE Board of Directors Election Guide

September 21, 2016

At the annual business meeting of National Council for Geographic Education, held during the 2016 annual conference, NCGE members voted to approve the following two nominees, Erin Fouberg and Julie Wakefield, to fill one (1) vacant spot on our 2017 nine (9) member Board of Directors. Please review t…

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NCGE President's Report

August 31, 2016

For many of you, the Presidential Year for the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) may seem to run August to July, or conference to conference.  In reality, the Board of Directors and fiscal year parallel the calendar year.  As such, I will try to provide a year in review to-date as…

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Welcoming Message to First Time Conference Attendees

August 10, 2016

I hope your adventure in Tampa was truly a professional rewarding experience! As president elect representing our fantastic office staff and board members, I’d like to personally welcome you to an organization that is here to serve you. The enthusiasm that was generated in the “First Timer’s Bre…

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NCRGE Research Roundtable At #GeoEdu16

June 29, 2016

The National Center for Research in Geography Education (NCRGE) will be hosting a research roundtable at the 2016 National Conference on Geography Education in Tampa on Saturday, July 30, 2016, from 11:00 am – 12:15 pm.

This session will feature presentations from the first cohort of grante…

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President's Column: Reflecting Upon This Year’s AP Human Geography Reading

June 15, 2016

“… In our democratic society, we all participate in societal decision making about public health, social welfare, environmental protection, and international affairs. In this era of such global challenges as ethnic and religious conflict, growing populations in poverty, increasing competition fo…

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Celebrating the Nation's Best Geography Educators!

May 19, 2016

2016 Award Winners Announced!

NCGE is dedicated to recognizing educators and advocates who have made outstanding contributions to geography education. The status of geography education is elevated every time we honor exemplars of teaching, mentoring, and creative excellence. The quality of ge…

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President’s Column: Golden Stepping Stones on Our Pathway to Geographic Education

May 5, 2016













Study how water flows in a valley stream, smoothly and freely between the rocks. Also learn from holy books and wise people. Everything - even mountains, rivers, plants and trees - should be your teacher. ~ Morihei Ueshiba

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President's Column: Becoming More Involved With Your NCGE Community

April 7, 2016

"I mark the hours, every one.  Nor have I yet outrun the sun.  My use and value, unto you, are gauged by what you have to do."  ~J.K. Rowling from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

When do I find the time to (fill in the blank)?  How much time will it take?  Can I say “No” to Person…

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AP® Human Geography Teachers’ Workshop

March 25, 2016

AP® Human Geography Teachers’ Workshop Sponsored by the College Board and Educational Testing Service

Saturday, July 30, 2016, 8:00 A.M. to 12:15 P.M--2016 National Conference on Geography Education

On Saturday, July 30, 2016, members of the AP Human Geography Development Committee wi…

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Visit Cuba With NCGE!

March 17, 2016








SAVE THE DATE!--July 19 - 26, 2016

For an island so geographically close to our shores--less than 100 miles separates Key West from the Cuban coast-in our geographical imagination Cuba couldn't be more distant. To many in the United States, Cuba is a time capsule, a cu…

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March President's Column: You're Off To Great Places!

March 9, 2016


You're off to Great Places!

Today is your day!

Your mountain is waiting,

So... get on your way!

~ Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!


Spring is in the air, and I’m ready to think about travel! Heading to my favorite fishing hole, a quiet mountain stream, “some beach, …

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ESSA Update: Urge the United States Senate to Support Geography Education!

March 4, 2016


Dear NCGE Members & Friends:

We recently contacted you concerning funding for the multiple new competitive grant programs to support high qualit…

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