Opportunities to Get Involved!

grant for the enhancement of Geographic literacy

The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Grant for the Enhancement of Geographic Literacy was created to promote geography education in the schools; to enhance the geographic literacy of students at the classroom, district, or statewide level; and to encourage the integration of geography into the social studies curriculum/classroom.

  • $2,500 grant
  • 2018 NCSS Annual Conference project grant outcomes presentation session or webinar/webcast
  • Up to $800 in 2018 Annual Conference travel expenses

Application deadline is May 15, 2017. Learn more here.

2017 Summer Institute

It's the time of the year to consider representing our Oklahoma Alliance at the National Geographic Summer Institute! We will send TWO teachers from OK to represent us in Washington D.C. This is an amazing opportunity!

The teachers selected must meet the following criteria:

  • BOTH of the teachers must be from the same school
  • BOTH of the teachers must teach middle school (grades 6-8)
  • 1 teacher must be a science or social studies teacher and 1 must be a library, media, or technology specialist
  • Each teacher must agree to a 1-year commitment with National Geographic. This commitment will consist of completing the Nat Geo educator certification, completing a project in their school and submitting deliverables based on that project, and assisting with professional development based on this process in 2018.
  • Selected teachers will receive a stipend from National Geographic based on their 1-yea r commitment.

Just as a reminder, the Summer Institute will begin during the afternoon of Saturday, June 24 and run through the end of the day on Wednesday, June 28. The selected teachers do not have to be GIS-savvy; however, that will definitely be a plus.

If you meet the above criteria, and you are interested in representing OKAGE, please contact us by April 10th. We will then choose the two teachers by April 17th.

This is a GREAT opportunity! Email (OKAGE@ou.edu) or call us (405-325-5832) if you're interested!

 

Do you want to START a geography club at your school?

Learn more: National Association of Young Geographers

The NAYG is an organization of students across the country dedicated to advancing and expanding access to geographic education through the development of extracurricular programs.

The NAYG is building a national network of extracurricular geography clubs in secondary schools, allowing students of all backgrounds to explore and cultivate interests in geography. Their aim is to introduce students to geography and its associated career disciplines through activities sanctioned by their clubs, including introductions to GIS, cultural activities, geography workshops, and the NAYG Geography Challenge, the national club tournament.

Travel Opportunity for Educators

Travel the world affordably, earn professional development credit, and bring global understanding into your classroom!

Founded in 2007, Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) is a non-profit organization that has sent more than 1,600 teachers abroad on adventurous travel programs. With GEEO, educators can earn professional development credits and optional graduate credit while seeing the world. GEEO's trips are 7 to 21 days in length and are designed and discounted to be interesting and affordable for teachers. In addition to amazing tour leaders, many of the programs are accompanied by university faculty who are experts on the destination. The deposit is $250 for each program and then the final payment is due 60 days before departure.

GEEO also provides teachers with educational materials and the structure to help them bring their experiences into the classroom. The trips are open to all nationalities of K-12 and university educators, administrators, retired educators, as well as educators' guests.

GEEO is offering the following travel programs for 2017: Bali/Lombok, Bangkok to Hanoi, China, Costa Rica, Eastern Europe, the Galapagos Islands, Greece, Iceland, India/Nepal, Bhutan, Ireland, Armenia/Georgia, Italy, Multi-Stan, Morocco, Myanmar (Burma), Peruvian Amazon, Peruvian Andes, Southern Africa, Vietnam/Cambodia, and the Balkans. The registration deadline is Thursday, June 1, 2017, but space is limited and many programs will be full well before the deadline.

Detailed information about each trip, including itineraries, costs, travel dates, and more can be found at www.geeo.org. GEEO can be reached 7 days a week, toll-free at 1-877-600-0105, 9 AM-9 PM EST.