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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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. These include summer institutes and field studies that provide curriculum, materials, and experiential learning opportunities.
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.
- To enhance, promote and encourage pre-K - 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-trained Teacher Consultants present at state, regional, and national conferences. These educators continually research and develop curriculum materials that incorporate state and national curriculum standards. Check out some of their great classroom materials on the resources page of this website.
In addition, our TCs are available to train in local school districts for in-service days, one-on-one classroom consultation, small groups and district-wide meetings. They also advocate for geography education and visit state officials to raise awareness about OKAGE programming and its value to developing well-informed citizens, quality curriculum resources, and enhancing the expertise of Oklahoma's classroom teachers.
Interested in learning more about being a Teacher Consultant? Click here to review Guidelines for Achieving National Geographic Society Certified Teacher Consultant Status, including benefits of TC status, the three steps to becoming a TC and a sample letter of intent! One of the benefits is password-protected access to the TC Resources page on this website.
Board of Directors
Denise Aguilar, President Teacher, Lawton Public Schools, Lawton, Oklahoma
Jayne Marley, Vice President Retired, Edmond, Oklahoma
Kylah McNabb, Treasurer Western Farmers Electric Cooperative, Moore, 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
J. Scott Greene, Ph.D., Associate Chair and Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability University of Oklahoma, Norman
Gary Gress, Ph.D. (ex officio), OKAGE Coordinator, Lecturer University of Oklahoma, Norman
Amy Lee, Oklahoma Council on Economic Education Edmond, Oklahoma
Shirley Nero, Retired Teacher Clearview, Oklahoma
Denise Rhodes, Teacher Quapaw Public Schools, Quapaw, Oklahoma
Michal Shaw, Assistant Vice President of Donor Relations & Director of Women for OSU Stillwater, Oklahoma
Jimmie L. White, Social Science Chair and Social Science Adjunct Instructor, Connors State College Warner, Oklahoma