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.
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.
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
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:
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.