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Welcome to the Texas Alliance for Geographic Education!

The Texas Alliance for Geographic Education (TAGE) is part of National Geographic's network of alliances for geographic education. TAGE was established in 1986 under the joint leadership of Richard G. Boehm of Texas State University and James B. Kracht of Texas A&M University. Sarah W. Bednarz of Texas A&M replaced Kracht in 1987. TAGE is a University-based, statewide partnership that provides teachers with professional development, networking, model programs, and teaching materials. We are supported by over 8,000 members, and we promote public awareness of the importance of geographic literacy and skills to prepare students to succeed as well-informed citizens in an increasingly global society.

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Message from the Coordinator
Dr. James F. Petersen 


November 2013


As the new Alliance Coordinator, I would like to extend my greetings to our members, supporters and friends from the Department of Geography at Texas State University. Although I am new to this position, many of you may know me from my long (30+ years) association with Geographic Education. I was involved with TAGE from its very beginnings, working in and directing institutes, presenting sessions and leading field trips. I served as the organizer of the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) meeting in San Antonio in 1995, and as NCGE President in the year 2000. That same year I organized the geography program of the World 2000 meeting of world history and world geography educators from all levels, which was held in Austin.  


I follow in some large footsteps. Most recently, JoBeth Oestreich, who has a wonderful talent for working with teachers and training pre-service teachers, and who guided TAGE over the last few years. She is a tireless worker and advocate for Geographic Education in Texas, and understands the hard work and contributions of classroom teachers, having direct experience in that profession herself. Former TAGE coordinators, or co-coordinators, include Jim Kracht, Dick Boehm, and Sarah Bednarz, and each are highly-respected, as well as nationally and internationally-known, for their dedication and their many significant contributions to Geography Education.


The National Geographic Network of Alliances is currently undergoing changes aimed at making them even more effective in their efforts to strengthen geographic education in their respective states over the long term. As you know in Texas there are challenges ahead, as there are in education in general across the country. Rest assured, that along with the continued help and support of dedicated geography educators, I will work, along with Maggie Hutchins, our program director to keep TAGE strong as a support organization and resource for geography educators in Texas.  


Dr. James F. Petersen