Get Involved in Geography Awareness Week and GIS Day
Geography Awareness Week is just around the corner, November 11th – 17th, with GIS Day on November 14th. Below you’ll find GeoWeek and GIS Day resources, announcements, and ways to get involved, big and small. Do what you can to promote our wonderful discipline during OUR week of the year!
Focus on the Theme: The 2018 Geography Awareness Week theme is Migration. Check out the Kansas Geographic Alliance’s GAW 2018 website for theme-related story maps, lesson plans, and more to share with students, teachers, and colleagues.
Geography.com: BIG NEWS! In collaboration with Esri, the AAG is proud to launch Geography.com – a place for students and the general public to learn more about geography and all that it has to offer. Share this site to spread the word about our discipline!
GeoReads: As part of GeoWeek, the GeoMentors program is launching a fun book donation project – GeoReads. Donate your favorite geography book to a local school or public library to support geographic literacy.
Careers Outreach to High School Counselors: As part of our ongoing efforts to inform students about opportunities in geography, the AAG is launching a new initiative mailing geography career information packets to high school guidance counselors. Interested in sharing career information with schools in your area? Contact us at careers [at] aag [dot] org.
GISDay.com: Find local events or add your event to the online map, download GIS Day promotional items, share GIS Day videos, and find hands-on exercises at gisday.com. Also check out the NEW GIS Day in the Classroom Implementation Guide! It’s designed for both volunteers and teachers, so use this for your own outreach efforts and/or share this with people you know in the K-12 community.
Be a GeoMentor: If you don’t have time to get involved in GeoWeek, set yourself up to be involved later by signing up to be a GeoMentor. Help young students discover geography and spatial thinking to better understand the world around them. You can sign up online and check out some of the great work of our volunteers across the country in our case study collection.
Ask a Geographer: A great way to support geography awareness is to tell people about the AAG’s Ask a Geographer program. It connects people to experts in all areas of geography to answer their questions. This year we’ve refreshed the program and recruited new volunteers. Share this resource and/or volunteer to be part of it!
Guide to Geography Programs: Many students don’t discover geography until undergrad (or even later). To support GeoWeek, consider sharing the AAG’s Guide to Geography Programs in the Americas with high school students and guidance counselors to help students discover our discipline sooner! Available as a PDF and online map.
Geographer Profiles: Another great resource to share with students, friends, and others to help them learn about our field and what it has to offer are our Profiles of Geographers which highlight the wide variety of interesting work we do.
The AAG will also have staff participating at the Library of Congress’ GIS Day and the GIS Day event at George Mason University. How are you celebrating or participating in GeoWeek? Reach out to us on Twitter and let us know!