Geography at its Height!
The inaugural meeting of the Colorado Geographic Alliance (COGA) was held on March 6, 1986. COGA was one of the original seven states of the National Geographic Society's (NGS) Geography Alliance Network, which sought to support statewide partnerships between academic professors and K-12 teachers to provide professional development and networking. The Network was founded and structured in recognition that educational reform in the United States must be implemented at the state and local levels and that the critical success factors of educational programs are quality and preparedness of teachers.
Opportunities, guidelines, and funding came from NGS, with matched funding from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). A steering committee was formed to serve as the major policy-making body of COGA, and leadership choices have been key to the progress of the organization.
The Colorado Geographic Alliance has created an Advanced Placement Human Geography test bank, offers outstanding professional development, and partners with other groups throughout Colorado to promote geo-literacy.
Colorado Geographic Education Endowment contributors
- Boettcher Foundation Denver CO
- Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Denver CO
- Colorado Department of Education Denver CO
- El Pomar Foundation Colorado Springs CO
- Gates Family Foundation Denver CO
- Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation Denver CO
- Total Petroleum Inc. Denver CO
- Marilyn Ware Denver CO