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Established in 1987, OKAGE is affiliated with the National Geographic Society and its national network of state geographic alliances.

The Oklahoma Alliance for Geographic Education (OKAGE), headquartered at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, is a professional organization for geography and social studies educators in Oklahoma.  OKAGE provides a year-round schedule of professional development events and academies for in-service and pre-service teachers of all grade levels and subjects, including summer institutes and field studies that provide curriculum, materials, and experiential learning opportunities.  

To visit National Geographic Society's National Network of Alliances for Geographic Education, click here. OKAGE is also affiliated with other national and state geographic and social studies organizations. See the Helpful Links within our secure Member Resources section of the Website to visit our sister professional organizations. See the Opportunities section to learn about exciting ways to get involved in Geography Education.

OKAGE's Mission

Our mission is to help foster a "geographically competent citizenry" in Oklahoma and our nation. 

All students at every grade level need to think geographically. OKAGE believes that geographic knowledge is a powerful tool for understanding the complex nature of our world and everything in it. Our vision is for geography education in Oklahoma to be valued as an equally important part of the curriculum. Geography must become a requirement for high school graduation in Oklahoma. 


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OKAGE professional development opportunities during the school year and during the summer!


Primary Purposes

  • To enhance, promote and encourage preK-16 geography instruction in the state.
  • To meet the professional needs of geography educators through various programs and activities.
  • To develop and maintain a communications network among geography educators and others interested in geography.
  • To provide leadership in and support for the national network of geographic alliances and other professional organizations.  


OKAGE Board of Directors

Stephen J. Stadler, Ph.D., President, Professor, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma

Jayne Marley, Vice president, Retired, Edmond, Oklahoma

Teresa Potter, Secretary, Teacher, Moore Public Schools, Moore, Oklahoma

Allen Finchum, Ph.D., Treasurer, Professor, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma

Denise Aguilar, Teacher, Lawton Public Schools, Lawton, Oklahoma

Heather Braucher, Teacher, Claremore Public Schools, Claremore, Oklahoma

Brenda Chapman, J.D. (ex officio), Director of Social Studies Education, Oklahoma State Department of Education, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Kelly Curtright (ex officio), OKAGE Program Director, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma

Gary Gress, Ph.D. (ex officio), OKAGE Coordinator, Lecturer, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma

Shirley Nero, Retired Teacher, Clearview, Oklahoma

Denise Rhodes, Teacher, Quapaw Public Schools, Quapaw, Oklahoma

Jimmie L. White, Social Science Chair and Social Science Adjunct Instructor, Connors State College, Warner, Oklahoma