Geo-Education Conquers All Things!
Established in 1988, the Oklahoma Alliance for Geographic Education (OKAGE) has provided quality and sustained professional development in geography for in-service and pre-service teachers of all grade levels and subjects, including summer workshops and field studies that provide curriculum, materials, and experiential learning opportunities.
OKAGE is the only state organization whose purpose is to enhance, promote, and encourage preK-16 geography instruction; meet the professional needs of geography educators through programs and activities; develop and maintain a communication network among geography educators and others interested in geography; and provide leadership in and support for the national network of geographic alliances and other professional organizations.
The Oklahoma Alliance for Geographic Education (OKAGE), headquartered at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, is an organization for geography educators in Oklahoma. OKAGE is a division of the Consortium of Oklahoma Geographers, Inc. (COG), a 501(c)(3) entity organized under the laws of Oklahoma, and is affiliated with the National Geographic Society and its national network of state geographic alliances and national geography organizations.
OKAGE conducts collaborative projects with programs and organizations that support and enhance geographic education in Oklahoma. OKAGE has been funded by state appropriations through contracts with the Oklahoma State Department of Education to provide workshops and teaching materials for K-12 teachers of geography in Oklahoma. Additional funding through awards by the State Board of Education from the Oklahoma Competitive Grant Pool allows OKAGE to provide support for preK-12 geographic education in Oklahoma as well.
OKAGE operates under the guidance of the Board of Directors, whose members include the State Geographer of Oklahoma and represent comprehensive universities, regional universities, community colleges, the State Department of Education, and preK-12 educators.
OKAGE has four primary purposes:
- To enhance, promote, and encourage preK-16 geography instruction in the state
- To meet the professional needs of geography educators through various programs and activities
- To develop and maintain a communication network among geography educators and others interested in geography
- To provide leadership in and support for the national network of geographic alliances and other professional organizations
OKAGE conducts in-service and pre-service workshops and collaborates with a number of interdisciplinary organizations to provide outreach programs in geographic education. OKAGE also offers summer institutes and workshops to teachers of all disciplines and grades for professional development and graduate credit. A vital part of our organization, OKAGE Teacher Consultants present at state, regional and national conferences, and work with OKAGE to develop curriculum materials for use in the classroom that incorporate, are aligned with, and support the Oklahoma Academic Standards for the Social Studies, Oklahoma’s state curriculum standards, including Process and Literacy Skills. The OKAGE Newsletter is published twice a year and reaches a readership of nearly 6000.
Oklahoma Geography Education Fund Endowment contributors:
- Julian J. Rothbaum Revocable Trust, Tulsa OK
- K. S. Adams Foundation, Bartlesville OK
- The Kerr Foundation, Oklahoma City OK
- The McCasland Foundation, Duncan OK
- The Neustadt Charitable Foundation, Ardmore OK
- The Noble Foundation, Ardmore OK
- The Williams Companies Foundation, Tulsa OK
- Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Oklahoma City OK