Start - End Session
12:00 - 12:15 (EST)
12:15 - 1:00 (EST)
1:05 - 1:50 (EST)
Sessions/Workshops: See "Sessions" below for details.
2:05 -2:50 (EST)
Sessions/Workshops: See "Sessions" below for details.
3:05 - 3:50 (EST)
Sessions/Workshops: See "Sessions" below for details.
4:05 - 4:50 (EST)
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5:05 - 5:20 (EST)
NCGE Award Recipients Announcement
5:20 - 6:00 (EST)

NCGE Board Election Results/Annual Business Meeting


This year’s virtual presentations have been designed with you in mind and will follow four grade-levels strands:

Session Time: 1:05 – 1:50 | Presenters: Heather Moll & Gale Ekiss 

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. These 16-page booklets contain fun activities designed for students to complete with little or no adult instruction. Answer keys are provided in the booklets.

Session Time: 2:05 – 2:50 | Presenters: Phil Gersmehl

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.

Session Time: 3:05 – 3:50 | Presenters: Mary Hanna & Regan Lamberson

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!

Session Time: 4:05 – 4:50 | Presenters: Phil Gersmehl

K-2 Geography 2 – Animal Stories, Region Maps, and Journey Scrolls: This session is about the winter and spring parts of a yearlong K-2 curriculum package. The core of the package is a set of guided reading activities with map support and an emerging multiweek field trip 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 literacy education, see examples of student work, discuss ways of adapting the materials to fit local conditions and get access to a K-8 curriculum.

Session Time: 1:05 – 1:50 | Presenters: Harris Payne & Cory Johnson

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.

Session Time: 2:05 – 2:50 | Presenters: Rebecca Castleberry & J. Scott Greene 

Using the Geo-Inquiry Process for Student-Led Field Experiences in the “Four Corners” of Oklahoma: The Oklahoma Alliance for Geographic Education (OKAGE) conducted four separate Geo-Inquiry projects during the Spring 2021 semester. In order to conduct these projects, OKAGE partnered with four schools in the “Four Corners” of Oklahoma. OKAGE worked with teachers in Broken Bow High School (Southeast), Cache High School (Southwest), Hooker Junior High (Northwest), and Owasso Seventh Grade Center (Northeast) to develop four unique, student-led field experiences. Students at Broken Bow High School 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.

Session Time: 3:05 – 3:50 | Presenters: Joseph Kerski 

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.

Session Time: 4:05 – 4:50 | Presenters: Colin Teague & Tim Jacob 

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!


Session Time: 1:05 – 1:50 | Presenter: Caroline Davies

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. No matter the reason for the lack of American engagement, what is most needed now as outlined in IPCC (2018) is “urgent, transformational change” in our social-ecological systems. The Resilience Project is an experiential project in community engagement that is expansive and frequently transformational for students researching, conducting sustainability, and creating resilience. Over the last decade an Environmental Sustainability course employed project-based learning to engage students in community sustainability. To date the course has produced over 700 community sustainability projects, across the Kansas City Metropolitan region and beyond. The course has since been shared with Dual Credit and other high school classes and an art institute foundation class

Session Time: 2:05 – 2:50 | Presenters: Bethany Craig & Derek Alderman

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. As conservative leaders seek to rid critical discussions of race from classrooms, Freedom Schools are timely reminders that geography education should play in antiracist, citizenship education.

Session Time: 3:05 – 3:50 | Presenter: Greg Hill

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.

Session Time: 4:05 – 4:50 | Presenter: Betsy Arntzen

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.


Session Time: 1:05 – 1:50 | Presenters: Matt Farmer

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. There is a common misconception that inquiry-based projects are incompatible or difficult to implement in AP courses because of limited time. Learn how to structure your course to incorporate projects throughout that year that teach both skills and content relevant to the curriculum. 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.

Session Time: 2:05 – 2:50 | Presenters: Barbara Hildebrant, Kenneth Keller, Max Lu, Kelly Swanson

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.

Session Time: 3:05 – 3:50 | Presenters: Greg Sherwin, Laura Kmetz, Paul Gray & Ken Keller

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.

Session Time: 4:05 – 4:50 | Presenters: Cleste Reynolds & Greg Hill

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.


Session Time: 1:05 – 1:50 | Presenters: Tom Hammond & Shannon Salter 

Tried and pretty true! Tactics for highly effective teacher professional development with GIS: Teacher professional development with GIS is challenging, due to the steep technical learning curve of GIS and the overlapping constraints of curricular alignment, classroom management, and limited instructional time. Through five years of extensive professional development work with teachers, we have identified a strategy for highly effective professional development, integrating technical skills training with curriculum development, and several reliable tactics, lessons that both educate teachers about GIS and engage their thinking about curriculum and instruction. 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.

Session Time: 2:05 – 2:50 | Presenters: Jan Smith & Erin Fouberg 

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 through 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.

Session Time: 3:05 – 3:50 | Presenters: Jennifer Kennelly 

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.

Session Time: 1:05 – 1:50 | Presenters: Rebecca Theobald

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.