Geographic Lens on the World: The Geography of Canada

Geographic Lens on the World: The Geography of Canada This online course is open to all teachers – those who teach about Canada and those who want to learn more about our northern neighbor. Developed in conjunction with the Canadian-American Center at UMaine and the Maine Geographic Alliance, this course begins June 17 and ends Aug. 16. FMI contact Betsy Arntzen at the CAC. barntzen@umit.maine.edu or check out the web information at www.umaine.edu/teachingcanada Cost is $50 for contact hours and $205 for one graduate...

Free Geography Standards Webinar

Don’t miss the first webinar of the season on August 29th! Join us for an informative look at the newly updated Geography Standards! GFL2 or Geography for Life: National Geography Standards, Second Edition has finally arrived! This presentation will highlight the changes that are featured in the second edition of the national standards and provide an overview of the new edition. A new colorful 3-column layout allows teachers to see content in all three grade bands at one time. The organization of this second edition focuses on Doing Geography. There are three new classroom vignettes that describe examples of doing geography at each of the three grade bands in the standards to help teachers as they envision doing geography in their own classrooms. By organizing the geographic perspectives, content knowledge, and skills sections together in Part II of the document, the document provides examples of how to engage students in doing geography and developing useful geographic practices. An expanded glossary is a valuable resource in building geography vocabulary for K-12 students. The presentation will also include an opportunity for questions and answers as well as helpful discussions about the many ways to use this updated resource in support of existing state and district level standards. It’s the perfect way to start your school year with the newest tools in your tool belt! Title: Meet the New Geography Standards Date: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 Time: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT Cost: Free to EVERYONE! After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar. System Requirements PC-based attendees Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003...

Baja California & the Sea of Cortez Webinar

Join National Geographic photographer Ralph Lee Hopkins and naturalist Alberto Montaudon, and discover why Baja California should be on every traveler’s must-visit list. Jacques Cousteau called the Sea of Cortez a “living aquarium,” with its islands designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, home to an impressive variety of marine mammals and birds. Our 30 years of experience exploring this “best-kept-secret” region guarantees you intoxicating encounters—leaping dolphins, gray whale mothers nurturing their calves, seabirds en masse, and snorkeling with sea lions. • Learn about encounters with dolphins, sea lions and whales • Explore the region’s idyllic landscapes • Discover the Lindblad-National Geographic difference • Find out the answers to your travel questions Register For...

Global Literature Online Reading Group Starting in August

Explore Global Literature with Harvard Regional Studies Centers, Scholars and Authors This online reading series for k-12 educators will explore literature from five regions: Africa, Latin America, Russia, the Middle East, and Islamic World. Join leading experts and authors for monthly online discussions. For more information visit: http://cmes.hmdc.harvard.edu/node/3194   To register for this program visit: https://harvard.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_b10fb4IxnDPVCLO   NOTE: Sessions will be conducted in an Adobe Connect virtual classroom space and can be accessed from any computer. Once registered, participants will be given a URL for the virtual classroom location. No software download is required. Join us for just one month or all five – your choice!   In the Country of Men with Margaret Litvin, Assistant Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature at Boston University, and the Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies Outreach Center (Thursday August 16th 2012, 7-8 PM EST) Sweetness in the Belly with The Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard (October 2012) Speaker and date TBD In the Time of the Butterflies with the author and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (December 5th 2012, 7-8 PM EST) The Accompanist with the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard (May 2013) Speaker and date TBD Purple Hibiscus with the Harvard Committee on African Studies (June 2013) Speaker and date TBD   This program is co-sponsored by the Harvard Committee on African Studies, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard, Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard, and the Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies Outreach...

March Webinar

The Geographic Advantage: Supporting Online Investigations in the Classroom Susan Gallagher Heffron Sr. Project Manager for Geography Education AAG 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! Register...