National Council for Geographic Education

Geography Awareness Week 2015 

"Explore! The Power of Maps"

When: November 15 - 21, 2015
What: A week to learn about, celebrate, and share the importance of geography and geography education.
Who: Educators, parents, concerned citizens, students, and kids of all ages.
Where: Everywhere! In classrooms, family rooms, parks, streams, and everywhere in between. 
Why: To understand Geography's unique contribution to students' education, and to our understanding of the world. 

Geography Awareness Week FAQs for Educators

What resources can help me teach?

What resources are available to help me teach more and better geography? 

What resources does NCGE have for Advanced Placement Human Geography?

How do I connect with other teachers who love geography as much as I do?

How do I get my students more involved?

Communicate the Importance of Geography
The world as we know it is more interconnected and globalized than ever before.  As geography educators, you are at the forefront of the effort to raise awareness about this deficiency in American education and excite people about geography as a discipline and as a part of everyday life.  Geography Awareness week gives us an important platform. Many of you are already doing great work to promote geography during Geography Awareness Week and beyond. Keep it up!  

Use social media. Promote Geography Awareness Week on social media using #GeoWeek.  Here are some tips from National Geographic social media experts

Talk about the importance of geographic knowledge, skills and perspectives in society. See our tips for advocating for geography and geographic education

Plan or participate in a Geography Awareness Week event or activity. Looking for more students to join your major, take your classes, or highlight your presence in general? GeoWeek is a great opportunity to promote your department, students and faculty. Organize a geography bee, potluck dinner, or a student research symposium for the rest of campus to show geographers' unique perspective on the world. 

Check out what some other Geography allies are doing:

















In honor of Geography Awareness Week 2015, we have a special edition of our AP® Human Geography Bell-Ringers, which you can download here! If you wish to receive them weekly, be sure to sign up and subscribe to receive them in our online store (FREE to members and non-members).