Summer 2017 Workshops

The NDGA is pleased to announce our summer 2017 teacher workshop opportunities.

2017 Summer Institute: June 5-9 on the campus of the University of North Dakota.
Dr. Greg Vandeberg and Dr. Brad Rundquist will lead an interactive workshop that will focus on the geography of the Red River valley. It will feature tours to area points of interest as well as speakers about teaching geography in our state.

2017 NDTRC Community Teacher Workshop
NDGA is teaming with the NDTRC to provide a workshop called: Cultural Perspectives on Environmental ChangeThis workshop will be held June 20-22, 2017 in the Turtle Mountains.

The 2017 Minot Ag in the Classroom ag tour will be held June 26-27
This year¹s tour will focus on Main Street North Dakota. It will visit area
communities and focus on the impact that the ag industry has on our state.

The 2017 GeoFit workshop will be held August 7-10
This tour styleworkshop will start in Minot and visit locations in north central North Dakota including the Turtle Mountains and Peace Garden Anishinabe Cultural Center, Towner State Nursery and Denbigh Forest, Registration links will be available soon on the NDGA website. More information will also be place on the NDGA Facebook page.

Reserve a Nat Geo Giant North Dakota Traveling Map

The NDGA has a Giant Map of North Dakota available for use in your classroom. This map is 20 by 25. It is best used with 3-4th grade geograhy classes. If you are interested check out the Facebook page North Dakota Giant Map. or call Jeffrey Beck at 701-240-9231

Register for Nat Geo Giant Traveling Map

Teaching Geography is Fundamental in North Dakota

Geography knowledge and geospatial skills are vital for North Dakota's K-12 students. Emergency response and recovery from flooding, rising energy costs, and the management of natural resources are just a few of the issues facing the state that require high school graduates to have a solid foundation in geography. In addition, the defense and security industries in North Dakota are currently looking for employees with geospatial technology skills.

The NDGA Board of Directors represents a broad interest in geography education in North Dakota. Along with educators and administrators,members include representatives from the Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway, Valley City State University's Prairie Waters Education & Research Center, Corporate Adventures, Flood Protection Task Force, as well as a well known Author, Graduate Director of the Department of Geography at University of North Dakota, Assistant Professor of GIS and GIS Program Coordinator at Bismarck State College and Geography Professor at Minot State University.

The NDGA & Public Engagement

Supporting geo-literacy for all North Dakotans

  • The Giant Map of North America was hosted at Minot State University
    for college students, pre-service teachers, professors and the local
    community. The map also traveled to Minot and area schools that involved approximately 80 educators.

  • NDGA had a booth at the State Library for Summer Reading Kick-off.

  • NDGA honored a Friend of Geography and Geography Teacher of the
    Year. The awards are given for outstanding participation and support
    of geography education.

  • The Alliance disseminated materials, information about upcoming
    events, and news and current trends in geography education via a listserv
    and the Alliance's Facebook page to more than 350 educators and
    other individuals interested in geography education.

The NDGA & Teacher Professional Development

Building skills for the modern geography classroom

  • NDGA co-hosts the Teacher Resource Coalition Workshops to train K-12 educators in various science, math, geography, art and technology teaching methods. We join five state agencies for this annual event.

  • NDGA hosts an Alliance Summer Geography Institute that provides teachers with classroom resources and field experiences in 'doing' geography. They attend lectures given by state and local experts on regional and statewide issues as well as present and future plans related to urban growth, energy, the environment and water resources. Institutes regionally rotate and have been held in Bismarck, Fargo, Langdon, and Williston.

  • The Ag Tour is an annual Minot-based event that tours the Souris River Basin to observe production, processing and marketing in the agricultural industry. By integrating physical geography concepts with human needs, the scope and impact of geography is made more apparent. Teachers are given an experience they can transfer to the classroom setting in a variety of ways.

  • NDGA hosts a four-day adventure entitled GeoFIT (Forestry Institute for Teachers). The "classroom on wheels" takes teachers on an intensive and interactive learning experience that rotates in the four regions of ND.

The NDGA & Public Policy

Transforming state education

  • An alliance member serves on the Advisory Board of the ND Teacher Center Network, which provides an educational link between educators, schools, universities, and others.

  • A state representative attended a NDGA Strategic Planning meeting.

  • NDGA consults with the ND Department of Public Instruction regarding geography education at all levels.

  • NDGA spoke to the ND Department of Public Instruction State
    Superintendent of Schools and the Standards and Achievement Director
    to express a desire to include geography