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2017-18 Changes

2017.09.12

Dear Geography Educators,

This summer the National Geographic Society announced a reorganization which moves its educator network model away from a state-based model to a regional, multi-state model. (Read NGS message.) One result of this change is the dissolution of the NGS Alliance Network at the end of the 2018. The Texas Alliance for Geographic Education (TAGE) and the Department of Geography at Texas State University remain dedicated to supporting geography education across Texas.

The Department of Geography and TAGE are re-organizing to ensure a continuity of service and support for our Texas teachers. A few immediate changes are taking place.

Dr. Ron Hagelman has stepped down from the Alliance Coordinator position. The department chair, Dr. Alberto Giordano, will serve as the account manager.

Maggie Hutchins will serve as the program director of TAGE. She will report directly to Dr. Giordano and is assisted by two graduate students and two undergraduate students with support by the department.

For 2018, one of our goals is to offer online PD to supplement our face-to-face workshops. We are also working with our partners to stay aware of the TEKS Social Studies Streamlining process, and are developing new resource materials to assist with the instruction of geography in the classroom. Please consider sharing your thoughts with us about your needs in the Educator Survey.

As always, we welcome your thoughts, comments, and concerns. We will all work together through this change, as we have in the past, to support geography education for our students.