National Council for Geographic Education

Geography Awareness Week 2017--November 12-18, 2017

"The Geography of Civil Rights Movements" 

When: Celebrate and Explore the Geography of Civil Rights Movements November 12 - 18, 2017! (GISday is on November 15, 2017!)
What: A week to learn about, celebrate, and share the importance of geography and geography education. It
 is an annual public awareness program that encourages citizens of all ages to think and learn about the significance of place and how we affect and are affected by it. 
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. GAW focuses on highlighting the importance of geo-literacy and geo-education. Read more about the history and importance of Geography Awareness Week

Check out what some of our other geography allies are doing for GAW, and discover other great resources:

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...the world needs you! 

Use social media. Promote Geography Awareness Week on social media using #GeoWeek

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? Geography Awareness Week is a great opportunity to promote your department, students and faculty. Organize a geography bee, a hike at a National Park, a potluck dinner, or a student research symposium for the rest of campus to show geographers' unique perspective of the world.