National Council for Geographic Education

Conference Proposal Submissions

Make a contribution to the greater geography education community at the National Conference on Geography Education! There are several ways you can participate. Please review the options listed below and instructions for submitting a proposal.


​Deadline Extension: March 19, 2017

Individual Paper or Poster
Research that makes a significant contribution to geographic education is welcome in both paper presentation and poster format. Your abstract should include the scope of your research, findings, and potential or suggested application for your intended audience. Papers or posters with multiple authors are permitted, but only presenting authors will be listed in the program. Please include co-authors who will not attend the conference in your abstract.

Workshop or Lab
Do you wish to involve your audience in an interactive workshop or lab? Please submit an abstract answering the following question: What will workshop attendees know and/or be able to do at the conclusion of this session? 

Panel Discussion 
We welcome expert panel discussions on a variety of topics. When organizing a panel session, please make sure to list all participants’ full names, affiliations and contact information.

Organized Paper Sessions
Participants may organize multiple papers around a particular topic. Please see the list of suggested strands for this year's identified themes. Each 1 hr 15-minute session can accommodate 3-5 papers. To organize a paper session, please fill out one form for each paper and clearly list the parent session title and organizer. Note: papers on similar topics not organized ahead of time may be grouped when possible in the program. 

Emerging Strands for 2017

  • Uses of Geography - How do students and researchers use geography in the classroom and beyond?  What tools (including technologies) help educators apply geography to real-world concepts and problems facing the community, nation, and world? Lessons, research, and applications for formal and informal educators. For: All levels.​​


  • The Geography-History Interface -  Help educators answer the “where and why there” questions essential to understanding history.  What lessons and activities integrate geography into history? How and why could curriculum development be enriched by integrating geography across content?  And, what is the status of the implementation of Geography for Life and/or the C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards? For: K-12, APHG, and postsecondary.


  • Native Americans and Indigenous Peoples -  Research and work about and/or for indigenous populations.  How do you engage indigenous communities in conversations which utilize geographic concepts and skills to inform decision-making and/or reconciliation?  How did historical precedent set the stage for current indigenous rights issues such as the Dakota Access Pipeline?  Lessons, research, and applications.  For: All levels.


  • Sense of Place -  Considered the heart of geographic education by some, what does it mean to develop a sense of place from the local to the global scale?  How might sense of place affect one’s environmental ethic or politics?  What are the implications for the K-5, 6-12, and postsecondary classrooms?  What does sense of place look like in other fields (i.e. English/language arts)?  Lessons, research, and position papers. For: All levels. 

  • Geography in the Elementary Classroom - Do you have a great lessons for “doing” geography in the K-5 classroom?  Have you studied spatial cognition in children? Did you create new lessons for the NGS Giant Traveling Map or NGS/Alliance State Maps?  Are elementary teachers prepared to integrate meaningful geography in grades K-5? For: K-12, teacher education, postsecondary.

Additional Instructions for Submitting a Proposal
Note: All abstracts should be limited to 50 words. Please remember to list all co-presenters’ names, affiliations, and contact information. Proposals will be reviewed for clarity on a rolling basis. All presentation rooms will be equipped with a projector and screen. Presenters are required to bring a laptop and the proper connection cables (Mac users). Internet will be provided, but additional technology, such as speakers, must be requested in advance. Please submit on time! Deadline extension: March 19, 2017.

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