Geo-Education: Promoting Geographic Education Throughout New Mexico
The New Mexico Geographic Alliance was formed in 1992 by Governor Bruce King in collaboration with the National Geographic Society and the University of New Mexico. In September 2011, the Alliance was moved to New Mexico State University where Dr. Michael DeMers, Professor of Geography, was made interim Alliance Coordinator.
The overall goals of the Alliance remain to improve and increase the knowledge of geography; to use geography and social studies standards as the base for teaching geography; to enhance teachers' ability to teach geography in ways that excite and interest students in geographic knowledge; to coordinate instructional activities during Geography Awareness Week each fall; to develop curriculum materials related to the geography of New Mexico, the nation, and the world; to implement Family Geography activities so that families may enjoy learning about geography together; and to increase public awareness of the importance of geography education.
Additionally, the newly re-formed Alliance will add to its goals to increase the use of online delivery methods to enhance geography education throughout New Mexico; to introduce new geographic tools like Geographic Information Sytems (GIS) and Remote Sensing as a means of inspiring both educators and students; and to introduce and coordinate instructional activities during National GIS day.