Kristi Alvarez Award

Kristi Alvarez Award

Hello fellow geographers! Welcome back to a new school year! As you make your preparations for your classes, I would like you to reflect about a peer or mentor who has inspired you in your own teaching: specifically in how you bring geography alive in your classroom. This year the New Hampshire Geographic Alliance would like to honor a teacher who has been instrumental in improving geographic education in the state of New Hampshire with the Kristi Alvarez award at the NHCSS Conference in October. Please take a moment to nominate someone for this honor. Application Form The deadline for submission is September 15th. Lara Bryant Assistant Professor of Geography and Coordinator of the New Hampshire Geographic Alliance Keene State College 229 Main Street Keene, NH 03435-2001 603-358-2428...

Fulbright Teacher Programs:

International Exchange Opportunities for U.S. Classroom Teachers   The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs offers grants for U.S. primary and secondary school teachers to participate in international exchanges during 2013-2014 academic year through the Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange Program (FCTE) and the Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching (DA). Exchanges begin in August 2013 for one semester or an academic year. By living, teaching or conducting research overseas, teachers gain new skills, learn new teaching methodologies and share best practices with international colleagues. They also expand their understanding of national cultures and international education systems that will enrich their schools and communities with new global perspectives. For the Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange Program, teachers may apply for direct exchanges of teaching positions with colleagues from one of six countries (Czech Republic, France, Hungary, India, Mexico and United Kingdom). Teachers may apply for the Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching for one of eight countries (Argentina, Finland, India, Israel, Mexico, Morocco, Singapore, South Africa and United Kingdom). Teachers must have at least five years of experience, a B.A. degree and be currently employed in a full-time teaching position at a U.S. primary or secondary school. Visit the program website at http://fulbrightteacherexchange.org/ for eligibility, application information and country-specific requirements. Application deadlines are October 15, 2012 (Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange Program), and December 15, 2012 (Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching). Fulbright recipients are among over 40,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. For more than sixty years, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has funded and supported programs that seek to promote mutual...

Distinguished Teaching Achievement Award

Mrs. Laura Kessler, middle school Social Studies teacher at Sunapee Middle High School, has recently won the Distinguished Teaching Achievement Award from the National Council for Geographic Education. This award is given annually to approximately 15 teachers nationwide, honoring those who have made extraordinary contributions to the teaching and learning of geography in the classroom. Mrs. Kessler is the only teacher from New Hampshire to be honored this year. Mrs. Kessler is a teacher-consultant for the New Hampshire Geographic Alliance and the National Geographic Society. She has been a leader in social studies and geography education on the state level. Mrs. Kessler has been the State Coordinator for the National Student/Parent Mock Election in New Hampshire. Selected to serve on the committee responding to HB1151 Civic Education Bill for the state legislature, Mrs. Kessler was one of two New Hampshire teachers in that role. She was on the Test Development Committee for the sixth grade social studies state test during the 1990s, working primarily on geography questions. She was also selected to develop geography questions for the Comprehensive Social Studies Assessment Project, coordinated by American College Testing and the Council for Chief State School Officers, which was funded by the U.S. Department of Education. During one year, she was the state coordinator for Geography Awareness Week. Since coming to Sunapee, Mrs. Kessler has coordinated the Geography Bee program at the school. For the past several years, she has also been state coordinator for the Geographic Bee and has worked very hard to keep geography education in the public eye. Mrs. Kessler was also an executive board member for the...

National Teacher Appreciation Week

Happy National Teacher Day and National Teacher Appreciation Week. The National  Council for Geographic Education is proud to support so many wonderful  geographic educators across the county and around the world. Your hard work,  enthusiasm and dedication inspire us everyday. Thank you for being an NCGE  member and thank you for being a teacher. Below is the latest news from NCGE. If you have any questions or need assistance please contact us at ncge@ncge.org or at (202) 862-8683. -NCGE Staff Don’t Miss the 2012 NCGE Awards Deadline globeaward This Friday, May 11, 2012 is the last day you can submit nominations for the following awards. * Women in Geographic Education Scholarship * Outstanding Support for Geography Education * Natoli Dissertation Award * Distinguished Mentor Award * Herff Jones Nystrom Geography Award * Geographic Excellence in Media Award Please click on any of the award names above to link to it’s information page or visit the NCGE awards page for more information. Awards Page… New, Free Teaching Resources on Population Trends PRB Logo The Population Reference Bureau has a variety of new resources for educators, designed to introduce demographic concepts to student. On their website (www.prb.org ) are ready-made PowerPoint graphics, customized maps and charts, short videos, lesson plans, and reports and articles about current events. Download a flyer. Learn more… 2012 National Conference on Geographic Education   Great opportunities are available during the 2012 National Conference on Geographic Education. October 4-7, 2012 in San Marcos, Texas. Visit one of the links below to find out more… * Go on a 2012 Field Trip * Make Hotel Reservations * Hertz...

2012 Call for Award Nominations

The National Council for Geographic Education is dedicated to recognizing educators and advocates who have made outstanding contributions to geography education. Awards are given for teaching, research, and service. Award nomination materials can now be submitted to awards@ncge.org. The Central Office will forward all materials to the appropriate committees for evaluation. Winners are announced in early summer and recipients are recognized at a special ceremony during NCGE’s annual conference. NCGE is now accepting nominations for the following awards:   E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller Grants for Research in Geographic Education: to advance the frontiers of geographic education by supporting and promoting innovative research in theory, practice, and application  K-12 Distinguished Teaching Awards: to recognize and support excellence in geography teaching at the primary and secondary levels Higher Education Distinguished Teaching Awards: to recognize and support excellence in higher education geography teaching Natoli Dissertation Award: to encourage dissertation  Higher Education Distinguished Teaching research in geography teaching and learning Herff Jones Nystrom Geography Award: provides a monetary award for K-12 teachers for exemplary lesson plans Award for Outstanding Support for Geography Education: honors individuals who work outside of the formal classroom, but have made outstanding contributions to support geography education Distinguished Mentor Award: for College/University professors whose guidance and influence is significant for students becoming geographers and/or classroom teachers Geographic Excellence in Media Award: for all forms of media in 2010 that exhibit outstanding geographic content or teaching methods Women in Geographic Education Scholarship: monetary award and travel stipend for a female undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a program leading to a career in geographic education  Suggestions may also...