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The DC Geographic Alliance will be present at this year's DCPS Science and Social Studies Expo .  This Expo is for secondary science and social studies teachers and will be held at McKinley Technology High School.  Stop by the DC Alliance table and pick up information on our planned activities for the upcoming school year.  We will be presenting a workshop from 12:20 -1:20 which will give more detailed information about our plans for the year, provide teachers with a newly developed lesson using the DC Atlas and aligned with Common Core and DC Standards and many more resources.  

DC Geographic Alliance 2012-13 Calendar of Events

posted Aug 22, 2012, 7:22 PM by Gwen Faulkner   [ updated Aug 23, 2012, 7:54 AM ]

A new school year has begun.  The DC Geographic Alliance has planned an exciting year of professional development opportunities and activities.  Please feel free to download the calendar and share with colleagues.  Detailed information and registration forms will be uploaded as each event approaches.  Check back frequently. 

GW Students Needs DCGA Help With Research

posted Apr 26, 2012, 8:11 AM by Gwen Faulkner   [ updated Aug 20, 2012, 12:56 PM ]

This spring, senior students in the Business Marketing program at the George Washington University were asked to conduct research into the opportunities for National Geographic Education to develop educational applications for use on tablets, smartphones, and other mobile devices. As part of their research, students designed surveys for teachers and students to get a baseline picture of their use of various devices and software applications.

We would appreciate the help of DCGA teachers in completing the short surveys about their own technology use in the classroom, and, if possible, in engaging students to complete the student versions of the surveys.
Please let us know if your school requires any particular release forms or other documentation to engage students in such activities, and we will be happy to supply whatever is needed. Please also note that student names will not be solicited, and that all responses are completely confidential and will be used for research purposes, only.

All surveys need to be completed by Friday, April 27. Thanks for your participation in this research project!
Thanks for your help. 

Teacher Survey, Grades 3-5:
https://docs.google.com/a/gwmail.gwu.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFk4eDFTU0szSG5OYkJmaTE2ejZkNnc6MQ#gid=0

Student Survey, Grades 3-5: https://docs.google.com/a/gwmail.gwu.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEtZWldqQzEzdEh5TmlCLXRpRTEtUHc6MQ#gid=0

Teacher Survey, Grades 6-12: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEFZM2tNYWNhS01mYTZtbk03bEt1WVE6MQ

Student Survey, Grades 6-12: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDJGX1FoNlpmSEYzbExBRHYyTXNfNGc6MQ

DC Emancipation Day - April 16, 2012

posted Apr 13, 2012, 10:47 AM by Gwen Faulkner

On April 16, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act, granting freedom to 3,100 enslaved persons in the District of Columbia. The act passed nine months before Lincoln’s famous Emancipation Proclamation and granted freedom to enslaved persons in the District of Columbia as the country's first freed from the institution of slavery. In 2005, DC Emancipation Day was made an official public holiday. Each year, educational and commemorative activities are held celebrating the end of slavery in the nation’s capital.

The year 2012 marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Act and includes a year-long celebration of educational and cultural events and activities throughout the city.

For links to activities go to: http://dc.about.com/od/specialevents/a/Dc-Emancipation-Day-2012-Events.htm

Earth Day 2012

posted Apr 11, 2012, 11:41 AM by Michael Lewis

Celebrate the 42nd annual Earth Day 2012 on Sunday, April 22nd with a rally on the National Mall! The event is free and open to the public. Past years have featured musical concerts, special guests, celebrity speakers and activists, and dozens of educational booths! Click here to learn more!

What: Earth Day 2012
When: Sunday, April 22, 2012 (11am-7pm)
Where: The National Mall, Washington, DC

For more information, visit the homepage of Earth Day 2012.

DCPS Teachers: Celebrate World Oceans Day with NGS! June 7, 2012

posted Mar 21, 2012, 11:13 AM by Michael Lewis

Calling all DC Public Schools teachers!! Join National Geographic for a special event, Inspiring Ocean Stewardship through Art, Photography and Film, to celebrate World Oceans Day. Be the first to see five brief films about Marine Protected Areas, walk through a gallery of winning artwork and photos, listen to a special presentation by Exporer-in-residence, Dr. Sylvia Earle, and join us for a celebratory reception immediately following!

When: Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 5:30-8:00pm
Where: National Geographic Society, Washington, DC

Click on the attachment for the official invitation.

National Geographic Bee 2012

posted Feb 29, 2012, 8:54 AM by Michael Lewis


Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography. Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging test of geographic knowledge.

State Bees: March 30, 2012
National Bee: May 22-24, 2012

National History Day 2012

posted Feb 29, 2012, 8:53 AM by Michael Lewis

National History Day 2012
National History Day is a national academic competition focusing on history for students in grades 6-12. More than half a million students construct entries as individuals or as groups in one of five categories. Students then compete in a series of contests (regional and state) to proceed to the National Contest.

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