TCI has been asked to participate in a new project funded by the National Science Foundation entitled “Establishing a Roadmap for Large-Scale Improvement of K-12 Education in Geographical Sciences.”
I had the pleasure of recently meeting at the headquarters of National Geographic Society (NGS) in Washington D.C. with about fifty educators including teachers, district coordinators, university professors, and representatives from the NGS, National Council for Geographic Education, American Geographical Association, and the Organization of American Geographers. Our goal is to create recommendations to vastly improve K-12 geography education in the United States.
What struck me about everyone I met was not only their warmth and openness to dialogue, but also their commitment to K-12 education. This is not a group of ivory tower thinkers impressed with their own resumes, but rather a thoughtful, concerned collection of educators who really care about what happens in our nation’s classrooms. But make no mistake about it, they are highly opinionated and passionately devoted to one key outcome: improving the teaching of geographical sciences for all students.
I am eager to pass your ideas along to the committee. What ideas for improving geography teaching would you like me to share with them at our next meeting?