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.

Click the links below to learn more about the goals of this broad-based project and how to get involved.

Teachers

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

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

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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2018 Conference

Thank you to all who attended the 2018 GCGE/NCRGE Powerful Geography Conference in San José, Costa Rica. What an amazing, academically enlightening, and cooperative three days. Check out the conference pages to see videos, photos, and future opportunities on Powerful Geography.

Conferencia 2018

Gracias a todos los que asistieron una conferencia El Poder de la Geografía GCGE / NCRGE 2018 en San José, Costa Rica. Qué increíble, académicamente esclarecedor y cooperativo tres días. Echa un vistazo a las páginas de la conferencia para ver videos, fotos y oportunidades futuras en El Poder de la Geografía.