Partners in geo-literacy education!
The Maryland Geographic Alliance (MGA) was founded in 1989 to increase and strengthen education in grades K-12 throughout the state. To accomplish our mission, MGA has focused its work on high-quality professional development programs and the development of geographical materials to meet the needs of classroom teachers. Through our programs, MGA has served at least 500 teachers a year since 1989.
Over the years, MGA has had close ties to the Maryland State Department of Education and has been involved in every state curricular/assessment initiative for more than two decades, which include the development of Maryland Social Studies Standards, the Maryland State Curriculum, and the High School Assessment Program. The Alliance has partnered with many other educational organizations in Maryland including the Maryland Council for Economic Education, the Maryland Historical Society, Sultana Projects, and Maryland Ag in the Classroom, which has created a strong social studies community within the state.
he Maryland Geographic Alliance (MGA) is a partnership of Professional geographers and educators working to promote and enhance geographic education in grades K-12. Since 1989, the MGA, with funding from the state of Maryland and the National Geographic Society, has conducted inservices, workshops, summer institutes, and mini-courses and produced materials to assist educators in geographic instruction
A major goal of the MGA is teacher training. Over the past eight years, more than 7000 teachers in Maryland have participated in Maryland Geographic Alliance programs. The Alliance conducts workshops for teachers in individual schools or as part of school district programs. Workshops emphasize geography content and incorporate hands-on activities. In addition, more than 150 teachers from nineteen Maryland Counties, Baltimore City, and the Archdioceses of Baltimore and Washington have participated in summer geography institutes. Combining geography content and classroom strategies, the institute requires teachers to develop inservice presentations that incorporate sound geographic instruction. The graduates of the summer institutes become teacher consultants and are then charged with making presentations advocating geography instruction in their schools, school districts, and in regional and national conferences.
Another goal of the MGA is the development of classroom materials. Some recent publications include:
- Geography in the Middle School: A Compendium of Lesson Plans for Social Studies and Other Subject Areas.
- Learning About Drugs and Society: A Geographical Approach
- 32 Economics and Geography Lessons for Children's Literature (for Grades 2-5) (Published with the Council of Economic Education in Maryland)
- Teaching Economics and Geography in Maryland History: A Compendium of Lesson Plans for Grades 4 and 5 (published with the Council of Economic Education in Maryland)
Maryland Geographic Education Endowment contributors
- Ameritas Acacia Mutual Holding Company Bethesda MD
- Baltimore Community Foundation Baltimore MD
- Brown Advisory Chevy Chase MD
- Chesapeake Bay Foundation Annapolis MD
- Chevy Chase Property Company Beethesda MD
- Earth Share Bethesda MD
- Harry F. Duncan Foundation, Inc. Towson MD
- Hess Egan Hagerty & L'Hommedieu, Inc. Chevy Chase MD
- Maryland State Department of Education Baltimore MD
- The Izaak Walton League of America Gaithersburg MD
- J. W. Marriott Bethesda MD John E. Chapoton Chevy Chase MD
- Charles Allmon Potomac MD Howard G. Platts Bethesda MD
- Seth L. Warfield Easton MD
- Dawn Ziemski Potomac, MD