UCCS receives $50K grant to further geographic education

78465329The UCCS Colorado Geographic Alliance received an inaugural collaborative planning grant of $50,000 from the National Geographic Education Foundation.

The grant — one of three awarded to members of the Network of Alliances for Geographic Education — will help to further “creative, forward-thinking concepts and ideas in support of the teaching and learning of geography,” according to a UCCS news release.

The release states that the Colorado Geographic Alliance will partner with the Library of Congress’ Teaching with Primary Sources, as well as geographic alliances in Arizona, Nevada and Oregon, to develop a program that will create a workshop model for teachers.

“The workshop model will incorporate historical maps, primary source thematic maps, and other geographic representations,” according to the release.

“This information can be used to obtain, describe and compare spatial patterns and information about people, places, events, regions and environments as an essential resource for answering key questions. Teacher leaders in these four states will serve as the initial developers for this project, which has potential to affect how students think about maps across the country.”

Each alliance in the program is a partnership between university and K-12 faculty members, and a collaborative is composed of three or more alliances. The program has been active in supporting geographic education in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico for more than 20 years. 

“The National Geographic Education Foundation is advancing geo-literacy across the U.S. and beyond by supporting programs, activities and materials that current research, educators and experience tell us are the most effective ways to teach geography in the classroom,” Bob Dulli, NGEF deputy director, said in the release.

“In the 21st century, we are more connected than ever. Geography education helps students better understand this interconnected world and how it impacts their lives, which is essential to both their future and the future of this country.”