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Summer Teaching Workshop Hosted by The Georgia Geographic Alliance: June 26 and 27 in Atlanta!

The Georgia Geographic Alliance at Georgia State University is pleased to offer a FREE Summer Teaching Workshop June 26-27, 2014 in Atlanta!

This FREE geographic education workshop is designed for Georgia K-12 teachers of all disciplines who wish to infuse geographic concepts, place-based learning, and/or geospatial technologies into their curriculum to address state standards. The free workshop will be held June 26-27, 2014 in Atlanta in Georgia State University’s Department of Geosciences. The workshop will include 3-4 hands-on sessions on geospatial technologies, placed-based learning, and teaching AP Human Geography. It will also include a field trip and fieldwork in Atlanta that previews a lesson that teachers can use with their students. The Thursday session will be 9:00-5:30 in Atlanta. The Friday session in Atlanta will be optional for those that wish to continue the discussion with GGA and teachers to design projects and lessons plans. If teachers attend both Thursday and Friday totaling 10 hours, then s/he may be eligible for Continuing Education credits if approved by her/his local school district. Participants will receive the following as part of their participation in the program: 1) workshop materials; 2) free lessons plans connected to state performance standards; 3) free lunches and snacks; and 4) a new Georgia Geographic Alliance t-shirt. Teachers will be required to mail a $10 deposit to secure their spot in the workshop, but this money will be refunded upon arrival at the workshop. Any questions, can be directed to Dr. Timothy L. Hawthorne, State Coordinator and Director of Research of the Georgia Geographic Alliance at All participants must complete the registration form and be members of the Georgia Geographic Alliance to participate. Georgia Geographic Alliance membership is free and can be completed at: Priority registration will close on June 1, 2014 at 5 pm EST. The workshop will be capped at 25 teachers. The workshop will need a minimum of 15 participants to occur. All questions below are required for a complete application to the workshop.

The registration link can be found at:

We hope to see you there as we reach new heights with Georgia Geography!


With best regards,

Dr. Timothy L. Hawthorne, Coordinator and Director of Research

Dr. Christy C. Visaggi, Co-Coordinator and Director of Education and Outreach

The Georgia Geographic Alliance

Winners of the 2014 Inspire! Creative Geographic Education in Georgia Award

April 24, 2014

Dear Friends of Georgia Geography!

We are pleased to announce three outstanding Georgia teachers as recipients of the 2014 “Inspire! Creative Geographic Education in Georgia Award” Competition funded by The Georgia Geographic Alliance and the National Geographic Education Foundation.The awards are designed to support activities/lessons/approaches to geographic education and/or place-based learning that engage K-12 students in understanding core geographic concepts and principles as they connect to the Georgia Performance Standards. This year’s winners include:

Jonathan Byrd, Midtown International School, Atlanta, GA. Jonathan and 24 of his second grade students will utilize the funds for a field visit to the Carlos Museum at Emory University to map out the processes involved in archaeological excavations. The students will address challenges such as: soil stratigraphy, taphonomy, artifact preservation and mapping procedures. The grant activities will allow students to address several GA Performance Standards, including SS2G1: The student will locate major topographical features of Georgia and will describe how these features define Georgia’s surface.

Paige Flores, Stephens County High School, Toccoa, GA. Paige will work with her 9-12 graders in Earth Systems classes to learn about how the Earth’s systems (atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere, and hydrosphere) interact through time to produce the Earth’s landscapes, ecology, and resources. She aims to use the approach of place-based learning to help students learn about the interactions of these four systems on a local and regional level and how this has impacted the natural and social history in Stephens County. The grant activities will allow students to address several GA Performance Standards, including: SES2. Students will understand how plate tectonics creates certain geologic features, materials, and hazards and SES3. Students will explore the actions of water, wind, ice, and gravity that create landforms and systems of landforms (landscapes).

Susie Holloway, Central Gwinnett High School, Lawrenceville, GA. Grant funds will allow Susie, a 9th grade World Geography and AP Human Geography teacher, to purchase several geographical magazines to increase geographic literacy in her 9th grade students as they prepare for the AP exams and learn more about world geography and human geography concepts. She will engage students in critical readings of these texts, jigsaw activities, photographic analysis, map literary, and project-based learning. The grant activities will help students address several GA Performance Standards, including SSWG1: Physical aspects of geography and SSWG2: Cultural aspects of geography.

We congratulate the winning teachers and their talented students! We look forward to sharing the results of these inspiring projects with all of Georgia once they are complete later this fall. We plan to offer another round of funding in October 2014, so please continue to check the website at and the Facebook site at for more information. Be sure to join our mailing list (and share with your friends) at

Let’s continue to put Georgia Geography on the map! Please drop us a line to tell us more about your inspiring geographic work around Georgia, and we will work to feature you and your students on the sites.


With best wishes and in support of Georgia Geography,

Dr. Timothy L. Hawthorne, State Coordinator and Director of Research

Dr. Christy C. Visaggi, State Co-Coordinator and Director of Education and Outreach