Inspiring students and educators to reach beyond their borders
The Alaska Geographic Alliance is currently in transition.
The Alaska Geographic Alliance (AGA), formed in 1988, is housed in the University of Alaska Geography Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Our network of university faculty and K-12 educators is dedicated to inspiring and fostering the geographic awareness and geo-literacy of Alaskan teachers and students. To that end, AGA shares educational resources, offers professional development opportunities and student programs, hosts community-wide events, and advocates for policies that support geographic education.
Alliance teacher consultants lead in-services, conference workshops, summer institutes, and for-credit courses. AGA conducts popular student programs such as the Alaska State Geographic Bee, place-based geospatial technology lessons, Geography Awareness Week classroom visits, and the Giant Traveling Map program.
Many AGA projects and programs are collaborative, such as our partnership with the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development to manage the statewide K-12 GIS license including technology support, professional development, curriculum development, and mentoring. AGA works with organizations across the state to raise geographic awareness through community-wide celebrations of geography, or GeoFests.
Via our social networking site, AGA connects educators from across the state and encourages the sharing of ideas and the formation of regional collaborations and topic-specific groups to further strengthen geographic education in Alaska.