The Geography that Students Want

Twenty years of NAEP data continue to confirm low levels of student proficiency and aptitude in geography, while employers lament inadequate workforce preparation. Teachers are in the best position to change this situation by engaging their students in powerful geographic learning experiences that relate to life beyond or after school. Powerful Geography imagines an inclusive geography curriculum that develops the capabilities of young people in every state and community. 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. The Powerful Geography framework will be used to create teacher training guides that ensure teachers in every state are better prepared to inspire a diverse student population and broaden participation in the discipline and workforce.