2014 Geography Day

Save the date NOW! The annual statewide Geography Day for high school students is approaching soon, taking place November 18th (Tuesday) from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM at The National Weather Center, in Norman, Oklahoma! On site “check in” will start at 7:30 AM. Main events will start at 9:00 AM. Any AP Geography or AP Environmental Science class may attend accompanied by their teacher. Registration will be on a first come basis, limited to 200 students. Please note that each individual school may only send 30 (or less) students. Various awesome activities will include tours, “hands on” breakout sessions, contests, prizes and a poster competition. A light continental breakfast (ending at 8:50 AM) and lunch will be included. More detailed information will be coming via the University of Oklahoma Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability and the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences websites soon.

For more information contact Dr. Gary Gress at ggress@ou.edu, or Dr. Travis Gliedt at tgliedt@ou.edu.

Poster Competition Guidelines

Announcing the 2014 World Geography Academy!

OKAGE is pleased to announce the 2014 World Geography Academy! This Academy is primarily for teachers of Grade 7 World Geography: Eastern Hemisphere; it will provide lesson plans and materials that address the testable standards and objectives that will appear on next spring’s Grade 7 World Geography CRT.

Because of a grant OKAGE received from the State Board of Education and State Department of Education, the registration has been reduced to $25 per participant per session [the same fee charged in 2010!] for each of the three sessions. Teachers can register to attend any one or all three sessions.

Registration closes Friday, September 19! Don’t delay!

Regional Educator Institute lesson plans are here!

More than 25 original lesson plans written for the OKAGE Regional Educator Institutes (REI) have been posted here. These lessons are aligned with the National Geography Standards “Geography for Life” and the Oklahoma Academic Standards for the Social Studies. Written and designed for use by teachers of Grade 8 U.S. History, High School Oklahoma History & Government, and High School U.S. History, these lessons provide new and distinctive approaches to teaching history using the “geographic lenses” of OKAGE Teacher-Consultants. The REIs were funded by an “Oklahoma C3 Competitive Grant” from the Oklahoma State Board of Education and the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

World Geography Academy: Western Hemisphere

Saturday, April 5, 2014
Norman Public Schools Administrative Services Center
131 S. Flood Ave.

This Academy is a one-day professional development opportunity primarily for teachers of Grade 6 “World Geography: Western Hemisphere”. The activities are directly aligned to the Oklahoma Academic Standards for the Social Studies. The primary goal is to improve and increase teachers’ knowledge of western hemisphere geography and the Common Core Social Studies Reading and Writing Literacy Skills.

For more information and a registration form, click here.

Four American Presidents & the Berlin Wall: Where History Collides with Memory

Friday, March 28, 2014
8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Norman Public Schools
Administrative Services Center
131 S. Flood Ave.

Dr. Dickler will use primary source analysis for teaching about the Berlin Wall and its impact on U.S. foreign and military policy. He will also lead teachers through activities dealing with immigration and demographic diversity in modern Germany. Participants will learn about the application process for an all-expenses-paid summer study tour of Germany sponsored by the Transatlantic Outreach Program of the Goethe-Institut.

The primary audience is teachers of social studies and foreign languages (especially German) in Grades 6-12, but all teachers are welcome to sign up if space is available.

There is no cost to attend, but you must REGISTER to attend and receive free materials.


Don’t forget to register for the 3d annual Spring Social Studies Conference on Saturday, March 29, 2014. OKAGE is pleased to announce that Juan José Valdés, THE GEOGRAPHER at National Geographic, is coming to Oklahoma to be the keynote speaker at the Conference. Register online at www.econisok.org! There will be lots and lots of FREEBIES! For more information about the Conference, please click here.


The OKAGE Regional Educator Institute scheduled in Tulsa for tomorrow has been POSTPONED to:

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Wilson Teaching & Learning Academy

If you have questions, please contact OKAGE at 405.325.5832.

2014 Regional Educator Institutes

There is still space in the remaining two (2) sessions of OKAGE’s Regional Educator Institute: February 5 at the Wilson Teaching & Learning Academy in Tulsa, and March 5 at Cameron University in Lawton. Click here for further information and the registration form, and get registered TODAY! Click here for further information and registration form.

Postcard Contest

The 2013 Geography Awareness Week celebrates the theme – Geography:
The New Age Exploration.  Have your students design a postcard for a chance to win great prizes for both the student and the classroom!

Click here for more information, rules and the entry form.