New York State GIS in K-12 Education

GIS in K-12 Education in New York

New York State has signed an agreement with Esri to provide GIS licenses for the K-12 environment. The New York State GIS Association is in the final stages of addressing the administrative details of this agreement which will run through July 31, 2014. Through this agreement, GIS software will be available to:
  • All public and non-public schools providing education in grades K-12, including charter schools, technical schools, magnet schools, Montessori schools, religious schools, etc.
  • Homeschools
  • Local chapters of recognized national youth programs, including but not limited to 4-H, FFA, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs; other youth-serving clubs
School districts and clubs will also be able to use these licenses for non-commercial administrative uses, such as bus routing or facilities management.

In order for a school/district/youth program to receive a license, the following must occur:

  1. Sign an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and adhere to the agreement requirements listed in the Agreement;

  2. Demonstrate knowledge of GIS from a teacher, staff, or administrator from a previous training, participate in an online Esri training course, or attend a GIS education professional development training offered or promoted by the NYS Esri K-12 Consortium.

Only after the MOU is signed and school representative has demonstrated knowledge of GIS will a school/district/youth program be eligible to receive a license.

New York is one of the first 15 states to establish such an agreement. To see what other states and districts also have a license, visit:

From the Esri Education BLOG

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  • Memorandum of Understanding Available In order for a school/district/youth program to receive a license, NY GIS K12 Consortium must have a signed version of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU has ...
    Posted Mar 28, 2012, 8:27 AM by Amy Work
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