The 2014 INSPIRE! Creative Geographic Education in Georgia Award Competition

Application Deadline EXTENDED: Friday, April 4, 2014 @ 5 PM

The Georgia Geographic Alliance at Georgia State University is pleased to announce this competition to inspire and promote creative approaches to geographic education and place-based learning across the state of Georgia!  This program would not be possible without the generous financial support of the National Geographic Education Foundation.


Program Description: The Georgia Geographic Alliance at Georgia State University invites proposals for its 2014 “Inspire! Creative Geographic Education in Georgia Award” Competition. Up to four awards at a maximum of $500 per proposal will be awarded pending budgetary approval, availability of funds, and quality of submissions to support creative 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.  The goals of this award program are to: 1) inspire future geographers, youth, educators, and educational partners around the state to explore geographic concepts; 2) highlight the creativity of Georgia’s best geography teachers and students; and 3) promote innovative approaches to geographic education that can serve as models for other Georgia educators and students.

Application Instructions: Complete applications must be submitted online to by 5 pm EST on Friday, April 4th for full consideration.  Only complete applications will be considered.  More information about The Georgia Geographic Alliance can be found at  All applicants are required to be members of The Georgia Geographic Alliance.  Membership is free and can be completed at Applications can be written by individuals, teams, or organizations within the state of Georgia.  The competition is not limited only to geography teachers: any area of K-12 that promotes geographic education or place-based learning will be considered.

Complete applications, include:

1)    A statement of application (no more than 2 pages single-spaced), including a discussion of:

  • The nature and description of the geographic activity/lesson/approach
  • The targeted grade level or age group
  • How the activity/lesson/approach addresses one (or more) of the Georgia Performance Standards in geography, social studies, or science
  • How award funds will inspire future geographers in Georgia

2)    A brief budget and justification (less than 1 page single-spaced)

Special Notes: Funds must be used to directly support students and creative approaches to geographic education and place-based learning.  Funds cannot support staff salaries, travel to conferences, or administrative costs.  Funds can be used to support travel for students to field trip locations in Georgia.  Award winners will be expected to: a) share all project outcomes with The Georgia Geographic Alliance for promotion and dissemination to other Georgia teachers, students, and educational partners and b) share their work at a regional meeting of the Georgia Geographic Alliance.  Award winners will be notified by late April.

***An earlier version of this competition requested a background form, such a form is no longer required***

Questions:  Questions about this award competition can be directed to Dr. Timothy L. Hawthorne, State Coordinator and Director of Research for The Georgia Geographic Alliance.  Email: or phone at 404.413.5771.

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