Learn About the National Council for Geographic Education
The National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) is a non-profit organization, chartered in 1915 to enhance the status and quality of geography teaching and learning. NCGE supports geography teaching at all levels—from kindergarten through university. Our members include U.S. and international teachers, professors, students, businesses, and others who support geography education.
Now in our 102nd year, NCGE continues to both promote and celebrate geographic teaching and learning. Our activities include: conducting and gathering research; producing journals and other geography publications; developing curricular resources; providing professional development opportunities; honoring teachers, mentors and researchers; advocating for geography in schools; and organizing an annual conference.
We are committed to ensuring that all students graduate to career and citizenship with the knowledge, perspectives and skills of geography. We strive to support all educators in their desire to create engaging, authentic, inquiry-based learning experiences for students at all levels.
The National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) works to enhance the status and quality of geography teaching and learning.
The NCGE serves this mission by:
- Promoting and supporting geography education;
- Enhancing the preparation of geography educators with respect to their knowledge of content, techniques, and learning processes;
- Facilitating communications and professional development among teachers of geography;
- Encouraging and supporting research on geography education;
- Developing, publishing, and promoting the use of curriculum, resources, and learning materials;
- Recognizing exceptional supporters and teachers of geography; and
- Collaborating with other organizations that have similar goals.
The National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) was founded by, George J Miller, a teacher educator at the State Normal School in Mankato, Minnesota. His goal was to bridge the gap between the subject expertise of college professors and the pedagogical training and insights of K-12 teachers. The idea gained support nationally and the first meeting of the organization was held on December 31, 1915.
Originally called the National Council for Geography Teachers (NCGT), the purpose was to "increase the effectiveness of geography teaching in America." In 1956, the NCGT changed its name to the National Council for Geographic Education to reflect the idea that not all learning occurs in the classroom.
While NCGE is no longer organized as it was originally, our basic purpose has not changed.
More information on the history of NCGE can be found at the official NCGE archives housed at Minnesota State University, Mankato. The NCGE publication: The National Council for Geographic Education: The First 75 Years and Beyond also provides a great history on our first 75 years. This book is no longer in print but it can be found on Amazon.com.