The Geographic Advantage: Supporting Online Investigations in the Classroom

Susan Gallagher Heffron

Sr. Project Manager for Geography Education


Washington, DC (via Australia)

Learn more about a free new resource, “The Geographic Advantage: An AAG Companion Website for Understanding the Changing Planet”. This new web-based resource provides guided geographic investigations for students to illustrate the 11 research questions identified in the recent NRC report, Understanding the Changing Planet: Strategic Directions for the Geographical Sciences, at the K-12 level.

Dr. Susan Gallagher Heffron serves as the Senior Project Manager for Geography Education at the Association of American Geographers. In her current role, Heffron facilitates AAG projects for K-16 education with a special interest in K-12 teachers and learners. Her work includes facilitating the dissemination of research to inform classroom and online instructional strategies as well as effective teacher professional development experiences. Heffron completed a BA degree in Social Science Education, followed by a MA and PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Heffron taught at the middle and high school levels as well as higher education prior to her position at the AAG. She also served as a co-coordinator for Geographic Educators of Nebraska.

Join the discussion as she shares how students can explore geographic questions related to the themes of Environmental Change, Sustainability, Rapid Spatial Reorganization, and Technological Change. Each investigation includes a student activity that can be easily integrated into your existing course curriculum as well as additional resources for exploring and learning more about the research questions in the report. Don’t miss the details on this rich resource!

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