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Executive Summary

In order to achieve the ultimate goal of a geographically literate Indiana citizenry, the Geography Educators’ Network of Indiana (GENI) will strive in the coming years to continue to build a stronger foundational structure supporting geography education through strengthening existing relationships and programming AND through building new outreach venues.

Mission

Because the study of Geography helps people understand, think knowledgeably, and make decisions about the world in which they live, and because Indiana interacts with the world at large, and every citizen in the state needs to be geographically literate, GENI exists to promote the value and significance of geography in Indiana; ensure the inclusion of geography in the curricula of Indiana’s kindergarten through twelfth grade schools, colleges and universities; provide opportunities focused on geography training for Indiana educators; and create and make available materials for the teaching and learning of geography in Indiana. Indiana, thus, becomes a more effective participant in the global society.

Core Values

Strategic Goals

In order to accomplish GENI’s Vision while maintaining the GENI Mission and Core Values, GENI recognizes the following long-range Strategic Goals:In order to accomplish GENI’s Vision while maintaining the GENI Mission and Core Values, GENI recognizes the following long-range Strategic Goals:

  1. Establish financial sustainability to meet the needs of Indiana educators, students, business persons, elected officials, and citizens in regards to Geographic Literacy.
  2. Promote pre-school through twelfth grade education incorporating geography across disciplines or as a stand-alone course reflecting systemic change in geography.
  3. Ensure that geography is present in discussions and decision-making made by local, state, and federal decision-makers to consider legislation and policies from a geographic perspective.
  4. Inform and equip Indiana citizens to understand and employ geography as a perspective and discipline for life-long learning.

GENI Organizational Structure

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