The Geography that Teachers Need

Through extensive research in every state, Powerful Geography will identify the geography that teachers need to understand and teach effectively. Each state has its own priorities for geography education expressed in curriculum standards, however most teachers find it difficult to implement those goals because of the inadequate curriculum guidance available to them. Powerful Geography will assist teachers in making data-driven instructional decisions that align geographic content with what diverse students aspire to be and do. The resulting national dataset will be used to develop a new framework for teacher preparation that will be communicated to university geography departments, teacher education programs, and professional development providers. Through this systematic approach, teachers in every state will be better prepared to convey the applications and relevance of geography to everyday life and broader contexts.