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Government and Nonprofit Officials to Discuss National Education Research Challenges and Opportunities at 2019 AAG Annual Meeting

April 5, 2019

On Friday, April 5, the 2019 AAG Annual Meeting program will feature two panels examining national education research challenges and opportunities for geographers. Panelists include representatives from federal and state government agencies and major nonprofit organizations. Both panels are sponsored by the National Center for Research in Geography Education (NCRGE).

Panel: STEM Education Research Challenges and Opportunities for Geographers: A Discussion with NSF

9:55 AM – 11:35 AM in Wilson C, Marriott, Mezzanine Level

This panel will feature representatives from the National Science Foundation who will offer their perspective on how geographers can contribute to the advancement of knowledge in STEM education. The discussion will touch on issues including STEM workforce development, broadening participation in undergraduate and graduate programs, research on learning and education, and interdisciplinary research collaborations. Information about related NSF funding opportunities will also be provided, including NSF CAREER awards for early career scholars and the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

Panel: Geography and a Well-Rounded Education

3:05 PM – 4:45 PM in Balcony A, Marriott, Mezzanine Level

The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 encourages states to expand the teaching of civics, geography, economics, and history as part of 17 subjects that make up a well-rounded education. This panel will explore what can and should be done to expand geography and social studies education in schools. The discussion will focus on challenges in providing K-12 geography instruction, the relationship between geography and civic engagement, the significance of national and state geography/social studies standards, research needs and priorities, and student proficiency in geography as measured by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Information about federal funding opportunities for geography and social studies educators and researchers will also be provided. Panelists will include representatives from the U.S. Department of Education, Maryland State Department of Education, American Association of Geographers, National Council for Geographic Education, National Council for the Social Studies, and National Geographic Society.

View the full AAG Annual Meeting online program.


April 5, 2019
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