Powerful Geography

Geography in American education has benefited from over thirty years of reform efforts, from The Guidelines for Geographic Education (Five Themes) and Geography for Life: National Geography Standards to a state-based network of Geographic Alliances and an Advanced Placement Human Geography course. This foundation of prior work provides an excellent infrastructure for developing innovative solutions to the many challenges the nation’s schools presently face in providing K-12 geography instruction: a pronounced shortage of teachers with geography backgrounds, poor public perceptions of geography, uneven access to geographic technologies and quality educational materials, and limited support from the federal government and private sector stakeholders.

Inspired by recent work on GeoCapabilities, Powerful Geography emphasizes the role of teachers as curriculum leaders who help young people develop greater potential to lead a life informed by geography’s powerful knowledge.

The Powerful Geography process is intended to build teacher leadership and capacity to use data as a guide to providing students with a clearer understanding of the relevance of school geography. By relating geography to students’ aspirations, beliefs, and life goals, teachers can help students become more engaged in their learning experiences.

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Geography that ...

... Teachers Need

Through extensive research in every state, Powerful Geography will identify the geography that teachers need to understand and teach effectively.

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... Students Want

All students deserve a geography education that enables them to pursue their personal ambitions and participate in debates about critical issues affecting society and the environment.

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... Society Depends On

Powerful Geography will promote among the public and key stakeholders a greater appreciation of geography education by illustrating the many ways geography develops human capability and prepares the future workforce.

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