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.
Vision Geography is the study of human systems and physical systems and the resulting relationships within and between those systems. The knowledge of geography empowers citizens and encourages responsible decision-making. The Geography Educators’ Network of Indiana enthusiastically equips educators and students with distinctive resources, connections, and teaching concepts. The Geography Educators’ Network of Indiana, Inc. (GENI) envisions an Indiana citizenry that applies geographic insight to solve problems and plan for the future. GENI envisions every student learning geography every year from a geographically knowledgeable educator – an educator capable of incorporating diverse geographically appropriate curriculum across disciplines. GENI envisions business leaders and elected officials adequately informed about the geography that impacts their decisions – patterns, relationships, distribution, human-environment interaction, geospatial technologies. GENI envisions a population that values Geography and geographic literacy as an integral part of everyday thinking.
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.
- Encourage and support Indiana educators at appropriate opportunities: telephone, postal, e-mail, Internet, workshops, conferences, webinars…
- Professional conduct will be employed at all times: verbal, written, appearance.
- Exhibit respect, kindness, and humaneness toward those GENI serves.
- Established procedures guide the organization in a fiscally and financially responsible manner.
- Respect for the disciplines: Geography and Education.
In order to accomplish GENI’s Vision while maintaining the GENI Mission and Core Values, GENI recognizes the following long-range Strategic Goals:
- Establish financial sustainability to meet the needs of Indiana educators, students, business persons, elected officials, and citizens in regards to Geographic Literacy.
- Promote pre-school through twelfth grade education incorporating geography across disciplines or as a stand-alone course reflecting systemic change in geography.
- 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.
- Inform and equip Indiana citizens to understand and employ geography as a perspective and discipline for life-long learning.
GENI Organizational Structure Chart