The Georgia Geographic Alliance (GGA) is a non-profit organization of individuals with an overarching mission to help transform Georgia into a state comprised of geographically-competent citizens, beginning first and foremost with the K-12 student population. We embrace and strive to share widely the three main concepts of geographic literacy (i.e., geoliteracy): interactions among natural and human systems, interconnections at different spatial scales, and – most importantly – implications of peoples’ decisions. Therefore, our mission is to enhance geographic education so that students better understand their surroundings and thus are able to make well-reasoned decisions based on their knowledge of the interconnected nature of the world around them.
Within our mission, The Georgia Geographic Alliance has the following objectives:
- Disseminate place-based learning activities for Georgia teachers and K-12 students across the state to better understand the interactions between human and natural systems
- Provide professional development and curriculum-focused educational and research training programs for individuals interested in using geographic approaches
- Cultivate strategic interdisciplinary linkages between geography and related disciplines, especially in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields
- Utilize pedagogical approaches that integrate technology into the study of geography and emphasize Earth as an interconnected system linking human and physical perspectives
- Share pedagogical approaches that integrate technology into the study of geography
- Broaden participation of underrepresented populations in geography and all related disciplines, especially STEM infused disciplines
- Create collaborative educational/research opportunities and informal mentoring connections between Georgia college students/faculty, Georgia K-12 students/teachers, and community members/organizations
Since its creation in 1990, thousands of Georgia teachers have participated in Alliance programs and activities and have passed on their love of geography to their students. To carry out its activities, the Alliance has enjoyed support from the National Geographic Society and the Georgia Department of Education. The Georgia Geographic Alliance was housed at Georgia State University from its founding in 1988 until 2006. From 2006 until 2013, the Alliance was housed at Kennesaw State University in the Department of Geography & Anthropology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The Alliance returned to Georgia State University in the Department of Geosciences in August 2013.
Alliance membership is free and open to all who believe in the importance of a sound geographic education for Georgia’s children. We particularly encourage membership from Georgia teachers, Georgia policy makers, Georgia parents, and community partners.
We are always looking for individual, organizational, or corporate partnerships to move forward Alliance objectives and activities. Please contact us directly if you would like to partner with The Georgia Geographic Alliance.