Network of Alliances for Geographic Education
North Carolina Geographic Alliance (NCGA)

Geographic Literacy: To Be Rather Than to Seem

Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, USA
Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, USA
Albermarle Sound, North Carolina
Little Switzerland, NC
Big Crabtree Creek, NC
Max Patch, North Carolina
Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, USA

The North Carolina Geographic (NCGA) was formed in 1987 and has since been a voice for geography education in North Carolina. Over the years the NCGA has successfully lobbied for geography content in the K-12 curriculum. Outreach to teachers through professional development in geography, materials, and publication has been a cornerstone of the Alliance.

The North Carolina Geographic Alliance has as its mission: to educate legislators and education decision makers on the state and local levels about the relevance of geography in the 21st Century, to cultivate an awareness of the relevance and importance of geography among teachers, parents of students, and the public at large, to provide quality professional development in geography content and pedagogy to K-12 teachers, and to provide interdisciplinary materials for classroom teachers and educators to use with students to enhance geographic concepts within the curriculum.


Looking for information and ideas to help with developing themes and units for the NC Essential Standards for the Social Studies?  Here is a link to PowerPoint presentations and sample lesson plans.  These presentations have been developed and used by NCGA teacher consultants and used in professional development sessions with teachers.

Link to the Google Site:

North Carolina Geographic Education contributors

  • Foundation for the Carolinas Charlotte NC
  • Stephenson Pope Babcock Foundation Winston-Salem NC
  • Wachovia Charlotte NC

Dr. Saskia van de Gevel

Alliance Coordinator

Appalachian State University

Boone, NC 28608

(828) 434-0924

Get Connected
Connect with National Geographic to learn more about what's happening in your state's Geographic Alliance and the National Geographic education initiatives.
Sign Up