Applications Now Being Accepted for The 2015 INSPIRE! Creative Geographic Education in Georgia Award Competition

Application Deadline: March 20, 2015

GGA-logo-smallProgram Description: The Georgia Geographic Alliance at Georgia State University invites proposals for its 2015“Inspire! Creative Geographic Education in Georgia Award” Competition. Up to three 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, March 20th 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. Preference will be given to clusters of teachers that demonstrate high impact connecting multiple students and classrooms. 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. Pre-service teachers are also welcome to apply, but must be part of a cluster with an in-service teacher.

Complete applications, include:

  • A statement of application (no more than 2 pages single-spaced), including a discussion of:
    1. The nature and description of the geographic activity/lesson/approach
    2. The targeted grade level or age group
    3. How the activity/lesson/approach addresses one (or more) of the Georgia Performance Standards in geography, social studies, or science
    4. How award funds will inspire future geographers in Georgia
  • 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. 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 April 1, 2015.

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.


2014 INSPIRE Award Winners:

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.

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.


Win $500 for your school with The Georgia Geographic Alliance’s “People Loving People Mapping Project: Kindness Challenge” from October 22 through November 21, 2014.

The People Loving People Mapping Project

The People Loving People Mapping Project


Join the international crowd-sourced mapping movement to map stories of kindness inspired by the new song “People Loving People” from the #1 selling artist of all time Garth Brooks!  Join us as we map acts of kindness at Any K-12 school in the country can participate.  The top-performing school in the country from all schools that map at least 500 acts of kindness bv 5 pm EST on Friday, November 21st (the end of Geography Awareness Week) will receive a $500 award to support geographic education for their school compliments of The Georgia Geographic Alliance and the Atlanta Community Mapping and Research Project.