Message from National Geographic Society (2017.08)
For more than 30 years, the National Geographic Society has been dedicated to supporting educators to ensure that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. National Geographic created a grassroots Network of Geographic Alliances; established endowments to support geography education throughout the United States; and focused on educator professional development, state policy, and the creation of resources and materials.
Now, National Geographic is re-affirming our commitment to geography education and seizing this opportunity to integrate resources and assets and support educators through a highly interactive and integrated community that includes educators, explorers, storytellers, and photographers. As part of this “doubling down” on education, we are reconceptualizing the structure of our grassroots Network, to better leverage our community’s expertise, technology and to make an even greater impact on students.
National Geographic is moving toward a model that will provide full-time National Geographic staff in each of six regions across the country. In creating this model, National Geographic listened to our constituents. National Geographic spoke to educators in the classroom, our Alliance Coordinators, and other dedicated members of the community about today’s workforce needs and education trends. In addition, National Geographic incorporated academic research, enlisted the feedback of educational experts and consultants into the new approach.
National Geographic’s commitment to geographic knowledge is unchanged, but we are modernizing our approach and focusing our work.