About the D.C. Geographic Alliance

The District of Columbia Geographic Alliance is an organization of educators and citizens committed to the enhancement of geographic education in District of Columbia schools.

The alliance was first organized in 1986 and reorganized officially in 1995, when National Geographic’s Board of Trustees formally accepted the DCGA as a member of the Society’s nationwide network.

Since its inception, DCGA has been committed to providing professional development and empowerment for teachers. Summer institutes offer the opportunity to refresh teaching skills, renew course content and lesson plans, and learn interactive teaching styles and new technology.

Teachers who successfully complete our summer institutes become DC Alliance Teacher Consultants (TCs). Teacher consultants are charged with returning to their local schools to provide professional-development opportunities for other teachers as well as raise awareness of the importance of geographic education.

To date, DCGA has more than 100 trained teacher consultants, many of whom have gone on to participate in national workshops and take administrative and leadership roles within their school districts.

In addition to summer institutes, DCGA sponsors workshops throughout the school year. More than 1,000 teachers have participated.

In 2003, DCGA broadened its reach to directly work with students. The summer GeoCamp for fifth and sixth grade students was an overwhelming success.

Its location at the headquarters of the National Geographic Society has allowed DCGA to grow and affords the teachers of the District of Columbia many opportunities. Alliance teachers have been able to participate in many National Geographic programs, including public lectures, visits to Explorers Hall, participation in the Sustainable Seas and Chesapeake Bay Classrooms programs, and classroom visits by world-renowned photographers and explorers.

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