National Council for Geographic Education News

Awards Submission Deadline is April 1, 2011 2011 NCGE Awards. Submit nominations today for the following awards: Distinguished Teaching K-12 Award Distinguished Teaching Higher-Ed Award Distinguished Mentor Award Outstanding Support for Geography Education Award Geographic Excellence in Media Award Journal of Geography and The Geography Teacher Award Salvatore J. Natoli Dissertation Scholarship Women in Geographic Education Scholarship NCGE & Herff-Jones Nystrom Education Award George J. Miller Award for distinguished service Excellence of Scholarship Awards Click here for complete descriptions, deadlines and documentation requirements. Award nominations should be submitted to awards@ncge.org.org by April 1, 2011     Don’t Miss Today’s Live Webinar Preparing for the AP Human Geography Test In today’s session teachers will learn some tried and true methods on how best to prep their students to earn a score of “5” on the AP Human Geography exam. Emphasis will be placed on deconstructing both multiple choice and free response questions. Participants will learn how to employ best practices related to teaching test taking strategies in the classroom as well as teaching their students some techniques to reduce stress and be more focused when they go to sit for the exam. Ken Keller has been teaching the course since its inception and has been an exam reader for the past nine years. Enroll Webinar: Preparing for the AP Human Geography Test Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 Time: 6pm Eastern / 5pm Central / 4pm Mountain / 3pm Pacific / 2pm Alaska / 1pm Hawaii Presenter: Mr. Ken Keller from Danbury High School Cost: Free for NCGE Members; $20 General Public For more information on the NCGE Webinar Series check...

Workshops

Archaeology Teacher Workshop Third through eighth-grade teachers interested in adding archaeology to their teaching toolkits are invited to attend a Project Archaeology Teacher Workshop on Friday, April 1, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Nashua Historical Society in Nashua, NH. Presented by the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources (NHDHR), the New Hampshire State Conservation and Rescue Archaeology Program (SCRAP) and the Nashua Historical Society, this teacher workshop offers hands-on interdisciplinary lessons in social studies, math, science, art, communication and language arts. It provides a means to increase environmental awareness, higher-level thinking skills, stewardship values and multi-cultural appreciation. Cost of course is $36. Pre-registration is required. To register or for more information visit: www.nh.gov/nhdhr/programs/project_archaeology.html or call Tanya Krajcik at (603) 271-6568. ————————————————————— Military Culture 101/201 Workshops The NH Department of Education and the Educational Outreach Committee of the National Guard are offering a series of FREE workshops that will allow educators who may not have had a personal experience of having a deployed family member gain some perspective about what it feels like. Bring your questions, many resources are available. Upcoming sessions for Military Culture 101: * April 6, 2011: SWNHESC, Keene: http://www.swnhesc.org * July 20, 2011: Pease AFB, Portsmouth (details TBA) Upcoming sessions for Military Culture 201: (MC 101 is a pre-requisite) * March 16, 2011: CACES, Penacook: http://www.caces.org * May 4, 2011: NCES, Gorham: http://www.ncedservices.org * November 11, 2011: NH DOE, Concord (details TBA) Contact: Ginny Clifford, (603) 271-3455,...

The Granite Geographer

The NHGA website has added a new page. The “Newsletter” page will be updated regularly with the latest editions of  The Granite Geographer; a newsletter filled with the latest news and updates by Geography enthusiasts and experts from around New Hampshire. Our February edition includes articles related to Geography Awareness Week, Upcoming Seminars, Workshops, Geoliteracy in the Classroom,Geography for the Elementary Classroom, and much more.       Online Registration Form for Workshops. Register Online.   Mega Maps New this year, the New Hampshire Geographic Alliance is offering a Mega Map Lending Program. Select from: Europe, The Political World, The Water World. Submit Online Request for Map or GPS Unit(s)     Go Green! Sign up to receive the Granite Geographer electronically in color at www.nhga.net and receive a free National Geographic...

Roundup of Egypt resources through the Outreach Center

As the events in Egypt continue to unfold the Outreach Center will keep you informed about all relevant resources available both on-campus and on-line. Please find below links to current materials and events. A fact sheet on Egypt and Tunisia is now available at the Outreach Center home page: Fact Sheet A resource page including video and audio clips from Harvard faculty and affiliates are now available through the CMES web site: Here and Now” from Web 2 Feb Minnesota Public Radio’s “Midday with Gary Eichten” today at 12:06 EST: Livestream Listen later A panel of CMES Scholars, Harvard faculty and affiliates titled “Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon: Changing Arab Politics?” will convene this evening, 3 February beginning at 6:00pm EST. Attend Livestream A webinar on “Egypt as a Teachable Moment” will convene on Monday 7 February. Unfortunately this event is now filled. We will continue to keep you informed of new resources, events and opportunities as they become available. The Choices Program: Egypt Uprising, Resources and Lesson...

Free 10 Day Trip to Japan for Educators!

Dear Educators, Hello and best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and prosperous 2011! Why not challenge yourself this new year with a trip next summer to Japan? This is a friendly reminder that applications for the 2011 Keizai Koho Fellowship Program must be received by February 11, 2011. Below are details about the fellowship. Be sure to have a look at the website and check this not-to-be missed all expense paid ten day tour! Who: Middle and High School teachers of Economics, Social Studies, and History. Supervisors, specialists, and school administrators at the district and state levels; and faculty associated with colleges directly concerned with the training of K-12 teachers. What: Two-week Educator Tour of major industrial and corporate facilities, meetings with key business leaders, meetings with educators including school visits, discussions with teachers and students, and a home stay with a Japanese family in Japan. Where: The ten-day itinerary in Japan will focus on Tokyo. Typically, there is at least one scheduled visit to a destination outside of Tokyo. When: June 29 – July 8, 2011 (Tentative) Why: For an opportunity to learn first hand about contemporary Japanese society and enhance the teaching of Japan in the classroom. How: Apply Now!   Applications are due February 11,...

Toyota International Teacher Program to South Africa

Greetings from the Institute of International Education. We are very pleased to announce the inaugural Toyota International Teacher Program to South Africa! The program will take place July 24 – August 10, 2011. Full-time classroom teachers of all subjects and librarians, grades 7 – 12, are now invited to apply online. The Toyota International Teacher Program is a fully-funded international professional development program for U.S. educators.  Funded by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., and administered by the Institute of International Education, the program advances environmental stewardship and global connectedness in U.S. schools and communities. The deadline to apply is January 23, 2011.  The inaugural Toyota International Teacher Program to South Africa will provide teachers first-hand exposure to the social and environmental complexity of South Africa, focusing on sustainable development and emphasizing the links between history, culture, power, and the environment.  Teachers will explore the country’s natural and cultural diversity through a range of site visits and hands-on activities. Please help us reach out to educators by sharing this information with your members and constituents. If you post programs and professional development opportunities on your website, listserv, or newsletter, we would greatly appreciate you posting information on the program as well. The Toyota International Teacher Program greatly values diversity and encourages educators of all backgrounds, subjects, and school types to apply for this unique professional development opportunity. Thank you for considering this request to help us spread the word about this unique opportunity. Teachers can visit our website at www.iie.org/toyota for application instructions, FAQs, and to apply online. In the words of a program alumnus: “International opportunities such as these completely expand...