Powerful Geography

Powerful Geography

New Thinking for the Next Generation of Geography Education


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...

K-12 Education

Empowering Student’s Aspirations in College, Career, and Civic Life Powerful Geography aims to create a variety of resources for K-12 teachers across the country that can be used in geography and social studies classrooms at...

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What are people saying about Powerful Geography? Read and listen to the testimonies of teachers, educators, students, and university professors on Powerful Geography. Here is a 9th grade AP Human Geography student from Glen Rose,...

About Powerful Geography

What is Powerful Geography?

Powerful Geography is an innovative approach to teaching and learning about Geography. Every student in our classroom is different and no class is ever the same, yet teachers and educators continue to teach the same content and curriculum over and over again. Powerful Geography is about making geography education relevant to our students by connecting to their interests and aspirations. Instead of teaching them facts to memorize, Powerful Geography dives deeper into the standards (curriculum) by showing the student what they can achieve if they apply their geographic knowledge in their personal life and in their desired job or career. Our Powerful Geography website includes a large list of jobs that use geographic knowledge and skills one way or another along with other useful resources and lesson plans. We hope that teachers share in our quest to show how important geography is to our lives and our future.

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Lesson Plans


Powerful Geography in a Nutshell
Dr. Thomas Larsen

Powerful Geography and K-12 Teachers
Dr. Richard G. Boehm

Powerful Geography and Stakeholders
Dr. Joanna Zadrozny

Powerful Geography Research
Dr. Michael Solem

Powerful Geography and Higher Education
Dr. Thomas Larsen

What others are doing out there

AP Human Geography students from Wakeland High School in North Dallas created this video to cap off their year of geography instruction. Participants, listed below, talk about the importance of geography and give advice to this group of enthusiastic high school geographers!

  • Dr. Derek Mudd, Program Administrator for the Texas Commission on the Arts
  • Dr. Richard G. Boehm, Coordinator of the Texas Alliance for Geographic Education
  • Dr. Amy Lobben, President of the American Association of Geographers
  • David Palmer, AMSCO AP Human Geography Senior Consultant
  • Dan Hunter, Texas Assistant Commissioner of Agriculture