We are excited that you are able to join us for this year-long professional development series.  The series is packed full of webinars that have been designed specifically with you in mind.  Below you will find the information needed to take full advantage of everything that is offered.  

Developing a Spatial thinking lesson: Tips and tools for teachers

August 31 | 7:00 PM (EST)

Teaching students to think spatially requires key components of spatial thinking to be integrated into the curriculum instruction, and assessments in an explicit manner. In this Webinar, Injeong Jo and April Bannert will share tips and tools for incorporating the three components of spatial thinking into your instructional plan systematically. A lesson created to teach students about diffusion while also practicing spatial thinking skills will be used as an example.
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On-Demand Webinars

Not able to join the live webinar?  We have you covered.  We know how busy educators are and that is why NCGE’s Webinar program includes on-demand access to all of the webinars. In order to best serve you, we provide two search options: grade level strand, and a detailed webinar list.  

On-Demand Webinars by Grade Level Strand

On-Demand Webinars: Detailed List

Geography at Home, in the Car, and at School: K-7 Activity Booklets
With portability in mind, the Arizona Geographic Alliance created a set of K-7 activity booklets to engage students in geography activities through all kinds of settings. Available in hard copy and online, these booklets emphasize learning about our environment, how geography interplays with history, spatial thinking, and geographic vocabulary.
  • Heather Moll & Gale Ekiss
Engaging Human Geography Students Through Inquiry-Based Projects
Delve into the basics of how to introduce inquiry-based projects into an AP Human Geography course through general tips and an exemplar project. Attendees will end by walking through an example project that has students produce their own Human Development Index (HDI) to study a unit on industrial and economic development. Receive digital copies of project directions and a customizable spreadsheet that students use to create and calculate their HDI rankings.
  • Matt Farmer
K-2 Geography 1: Treasure Hunts, Classroom models, and Playground Maps:
This session is about the autumn part of a yearlong K-2 geography package. The core of the autumn module is an engaging multi-week treasure-map project, complete with forms and rubrics for a number of diagnostic, scaffold, and ELA/math spinoff mini-activities. Supporting materials include reading guides, curriculum planning docs, activity forms, and a Primary Classroom Geography Kit. Session participants will get a brief review of neuroscience research about spatial reasoning and math education, see examples of student work, discuss ways of adapting the materials to fit local conditions, and get access to a K-8 curriculum website
  • Phil Gersmehl
Using the Geo-Inquiry Process for Student-Led Field Experiences in the “Four Corners” of Oklahoma
OKAGE partnered with four schools to develop four unique, student-led field experiences. Students conducted their project on forest health and wildfire risk in the Hochatown Wildland Urban Interface; Cache High School students examined the geology and geography of the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge as these topics relate to Environmental Conservation; students at Hooker Junior High investigated how COVID-19 impacted the park in terms of visitation, land use, and wildlife; and Owasso Seventh Grade Center Students researched impacts of the Tulsa Race Massacre upon the demographics of their community.
  • Becca Castleberry & J. Scott Greene
Middle School
Collaborative Adventures in Elementary Social Studies through Mystery Skypes
Engage your students in the amazing adventure of learning about the geography of the United States through Mystery Skypes as they collaborate with students in different states across the nation!
  • Presenters: Mary Hanna & Regan Lamberson
Collecting, mapping, analyzing, and communicating fieldwork
Gathering, mapping, analyzing, and communicating the results of field-collected data can be effectively and powerfully accomplished using a combination of surveys, interactive maps, dashboards, and story maps. Join Geographer and Educator Joseph Kerski as we explore why and how to combine these tools, giving you the confidence and ability to do this to meet your research or instructional goals.
  • Joseph Kerski
middle school
Virtual Field Trips: Exploring the World with Your Classroom
Imagine if you could travel to the icy-cold, remote Arctic with your students in tow. With the remote learning skills you have developed this past school year, you can do it! In this session, you will connect with a real-life polar explorer and talk to them about how a virtual exchange connection with them can enhance your instruction. In this conversation, attendees will understand how asynchronous (articles and on-demand media) and synchronous (video conferencing) opportunities can inspire and enhance your practice. Participants will also learn how to bring other exciting explorers and STEM professionals into the classroom to enhance curriculum and explore STEM careers. By the end of this session you will be inspired to use your virtual learning expertise to take your classroom on global education journeys to some of Earth’s most remote and exciting places! Adventure awaits!
  • Colin Teague & Tim Jacob
Middle school
Cartooning in a Geography Classroom uses a PowerPoint presentation to explore the use of newspaper cartoons in grade 7-12 classrooms. After examining the types of newspaper cartooning, participants receive strategies to read and analyze political cartoons. All material relates to the concepts of geographic thinking with suggestions to create computer generated cartoons. Links to cartoon resources are provided
  • Randy Wilkie
High school
Exploring State Level Geo Inquiries
The session will demonstrate examples of state-level GeoInquiries created in the spring of 2020. The topics for the examples include: Keystone XL pipeline, 2020 General Election, Redlining, Dairy and Beef Cattle, Healthcare and Ethnic Enclaves. The session will provide tips and discuss ideas for creating your own GeoInquires.
  • Harris Payne & Cory Johnson
Middle School
Tried and pretty true! Tactics for highly effective teacher professional development with GIS
This session presents both the overall strategy and three time-tested tactics for teacher professional development with GIS: (1) a social use of GIS, (2) a personal inquiry with GIS, and (3) building a data collector to generate a GIS layer. We will demonstrate these lessons using ArcGIS Online, a free resource for K-12 teachers. Session attendees will receive handouts documenting these professional development strategies and URLs to obtain digits.
  • Tom Hammond & Shannon Salter
Making Geographic Thinking Stick
Explore recent research in the science of learning in order to transform traditional ways of teaching geography and promote deeper and persistent learning. Transforming students into geographical thinkers enables them to make connections and apply concepts long after the course ends. This session demonstrates how to move students toward expertise in thinking geographically though specific, but not necessarily intuitive, strategies based on empirical research in learning science. These include retrieval practice for no-stakes learning opportunities; spaced repetition of threshold concepts; interleaving different but related topics to encourage discrimination and enhance learning; and integration of feedback that supports student metacognition. Small, incremental changes in current classroom practice can result in significant and transformational ways to empower students to think geographically.
  • Jan Smith & Erin Fouberg
Higher Ed
Scale Analysis: Using Geographic Scale to Explain Spatial Relationships
In this session, we will explore geographic scale as a foundation that explains patterns and processes. Participants will analyze maps and images at the four common geographic scales to gain a clear understanding of scale analysis as a targeted skill within the APHG course.
  • Barbara Hildebrant, Kenneth Keller, Max Lu, Kelly Swanson
Building Geographic Voice in Reluctant Learners
Your students are passionate, but not about geography. They can read, but don’t want to. Find out how you can push students to want to learn geography through a combination of reading powerful news articles and engaging in provocative activities. Watch as their growing comfort level with the content allows them to soon begin to talk the talk of geographers.
  • Jennifer Kennelly
Higher ed
K-2 Geography 2 – Animal Stories, Region Maps, and Journey Scrolls
This session is about the autumn part of a yearlong K-2 geography package. The core of the autumn module is an engaging multi-week treasure-map project, complete with forms and rubrics for a number of diagnostic, scaffold, and ELA/math spinoff mini-activities. Supporting materials include reading guides, curriculum planning docs, activity forms, and a Primary Classroom Geography Kit. Session participants will get a brief review of neuroscience research about spatial reasoning and math education, see examples of student work, discuss ways of adapting the materials to fit local conditions, and get access to a K-8 curriculum website
  • Phil Gersmehl
Integrating OpenStreetMap into the Classroom
Perhaps you’ve noticed GIS and digital mapping technologies gradually making their way into classrooms and now you’d like to know how to create engaging, cutting edge mapping projects for your students to contribute to. This workshop will demonstrate examples of this and empower you to use the tools you need to create mapping activities in your classroom.
  • Celeste Reynolds & Greg Hill
The Anthropocene: How Social Studies Teachers Should Respond
Many scholars refer to the current period in human-environment history as the Anthropocene (the Age of Humans). No place on Earth is unaffected by human influences, and the pace and magnitude of environmental change are accelerating. This reality has both practical and ethical consequences for social studies educators. This session brings together ideas related to the importance of human-environment thinking in geography education and the ethics of what teachers should be doing to better prepare students for college, careers, and civic life in the Anthropocene.
  • Thomas Larsen
Full spectrum
The Resilience Project: Transformation in Sustainability Community Engagement Projects
There is a critical need to address climate challenges rapidly and on a large scale. The Sustainability Community Engagement Project engages students in the most important challenge of their lifetime- climate change and its myriad disruptions.
  • Caroline Davies
High school
Publish your great ideas!
Have you ever considered publishing your geography lesson idea or research project? Ask questions of editors, guest editors, and reviewers of The Geography Teacher and the Journal of Geography to learn more about the publication process for both journals and how you can become a successful author.
  • Rebecca Theobald
Full spectrum
The 1964 Freedom Schools as a Neglected Chapter in Geography Education
A neglected chapter in history of geographic education–the civil rights organization SNCC and the Freedom Schools it helped establish in 1964. Functioning as an alternative to Mississippi’s racially segregated and discriminatory public schools, Freedom Schools not only addressed the basic education needs of Black children but also created a curriculum to build their confidence and skills to question and mobilize against the historical and geographical forces behind White Supremacy. Long predating social justice teaching in mainstream classrooms, Freedom Schools produced a critical regional pedagogy to help students identify the regional conditions of their oppression in the South, compare life in Mississippi to other regions, and counter-map structures and scales of power behind racism.
  • Bethany Craig & Derek Alderman
High school
Geospatial Tools that Empower Student Humanitarianism
Service Learning and Geospatial technology can empower your students and empower your lessons. This session will demonstrate examples of empowering you and your students to learn and serve at the same. We also explore how students will engage in humanitarian efforts from the comfort of your classroom. Teachers will also hear how they can possibly be financially supported in these efforts to engage their students in service-learning.
  • Greg Hill
high school
Stimulating Discussions in AP Human Geography – Quick Feedback for students!
Teaching students how to read and understand quantitative and qualitative data is a skill that must be repeated constantly and used throughout the year. Four veteran teachers of AP Human Geography share their strategies on how to get students to efficiently teach using data and provide students with constant formative feedback while also preparing students for success on the AP Human Geography Exam. Participants will learn about Verbal FRQing and how to use NCGE’s bell ringers in your classroom as strategies to help students grow.
  • Greg Sherwin, Laura Kmetz, Paul Gray & Ken Keller
A Step Towards Decolonization: Understanding Indigenous Culture Place Names
Indigenous place names possess traditional knowledge, world view, and information related to spirituality and culture. Non-natives can better understand and respect Indigenous cultures by studying what the names reveal. Handouts.
  • Betsy Arntzen
High school
How do you use information from personal travel experiences to help connect students to geographic concepts, beyond a typical travel picture slideshow? This session will model methods for incorporating materials collected from personal travel experiences, and also provide information on organizations and fellowships that are available to teachers to help them travel. Through the incorporation of geospatial technologies, photos, and other technologies, teachers can use professional and personal travel to bring meaningful learning experiences back to their own students.
  • Kyle Tredinnick & Kelly Swanson
Full spectrum
Contested Landscapes-Mapping Inequality from Redlining to COVID-19
The legacies of social, economic, and environmental injustices related to redlining are mapped through the work of the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond. New American History explores how our digital scholarship, including Mapping Inequality, Renewing Inequality, and the Social Vulnerability Index help K16 educators and students visualize complex data using GIS and historical documents to understand how systemic inequities persist in our communities today.
  • Annie Evans
Full spectrum