Each year, since 1987, National Geographic and the Missouri Geographic Alliance has worked together to promote Geography Awareness week throughout the state of Missouri. As the Coordinator of the Alliance, I am asking for your assistance. Our goal for Missouri is to have ALL of the County Commissions and County Executives, as well as Mo schools proclaim November 15-21, 2015 as Geography Awareness Week & November 18th as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day in their county. More than 100,000 Americans participate in Geography Awareness Week each year, and we would love to increase Missouri’s participation.
What are we asking of your school? Here you will find a downloadable document where you can insert the name of your school and principal and proclaim Geography Awareness Week and GIS Day. We hope that your school will support this endeavor by signing the proclamation and returning a copy to our office (address below) or by sharing with us on social media. We would love to show the nation that the schools in Missouri support geography education and the adventures that can be found in each community through this endeavor.
ABOUT THE 2015 THEME: This year’s Geography Awareness Week theme of Explore! The Power of Maps encourages students, parents, educators and citizens to celebrate and explore the power of maps. Spatial thinking through maps is one of the most important skills that students can develop as they learn geography, Earth and environmental sciences, and so much more. Geography Awareness Week was created in 1987 as a time for families, students, teachers, and the general public to promote and celebrate the study of geography. As an “integrative discipline that brings together the physical and human dimensions of the world in the study of people, places, and environments,” geography is an essential part of every student’s education in today’s ever‐changing world (National Geography Standards, 1994: 18). Geography, however, is not limited to the global scale; local‐scale geography is just as important to our understandings of ourselves and our larger world.
WHAT DO WE HAVE TO OFFER YOUR SCHOOL? The Missouri Geographic has partnered with a group of educational organizations, such as MOREnet and eMints, to promote geospatial technologies throughout Missouri’s formal, non-formal and informal education. Due to the collaboration of the Missouri partners on this project and Esri’s K-12 Education Team an agreement has been reached that will provide Esri’s ArcGIS software throughout Missouri for educational and administrative purposes to the following: ALL K-12 educators and schools (public, private, charter, K-12 technical or career/vocational, homeschool); K-12 aged youth groups and their leaders, including but not limited to, 4-H, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, etc; and K-12 youth serving informal education programs and settings, such as after-school or summer programs at museums and libraries. This professional GIS software has a list price of $25,000 per seat for the ArcInfo level (with all extensions) which is made available for ALL K-12 students and educators under the license at NO COST for educational and instructional purposes.
Through this effort we would like the youth of Missouri to be able to use the tools of high demand careers in the classroom seamlessly as part of their learning. GIS software brings geography and technology enables youth to build their knowledge through the examination of geographic questions, analysis and themes that can be found in science, math, social studies and language arts. Youth groups and classrooms can undertake investigations and data collection in community based projects. If you would like more information about this initiative please see http://gis.missouri.org
If you should have any questions or desire more information about Geography Awareness Week, GIS Day or the Missouri Geographic Alliance, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 573‐882‐0045 or at firstname.lastname@example.org .
1110 S. College Ave.
Columbia Missouri, 65211