Goals:

Goal 1:  GENI will promote the value and significance of geography in Indiana.

Goal 2:  GENI will promote the importance of geography in the curricula of Indiana’s K-12 schools.

Goal 3:  GENI will promote opportunities for pre-service and in-service training in geography for Indiana teachers.

Goal 4:  GENI will promote the availability of materials for the teaching and learning of geography in Indiana.

Objectives:

Goal 1:    GENI will promote the value and significance of geography in Indiana.

GENI will:

  1. Maintain contact with and inform state and federal legislators, educational and corporation leaders about geographic education.
  2. Communicate to the constituency of Indiana the value and importance of geography in their lives.
  3. Emphasize the value and significance to the school systems within Indiana by focusing on key geographic activities during the school year: MWW, GA!, Indiana Geographic Bee, GHW and other needed events.
  4. Maintain up-to-date information about geography-related events and happenings that effect the state of Indiana on GENI's home website.

Goal 2:    GENI will promote the importance of geography in the curricula of Indiana’s K-12 schools.

GENI will:

     5.  Sponsor and promote diverse professional development opportunities.

     6.  Influence textbook adoptions through guidelines and participation on textbook  adoption.

     7.  Work with and support the Indiana Department of Education concerning efforts to

          improve geographic education.

  1. Assist with Social Studies/Geography Academic Assessment tools development.
  2. Disseminate geographic education materials and curriculum throughout the state.
  3. Influence local school officials to incorporate geography into their school corporation's curriculum.
  4. Encourage education departments at post-secondary institutions to offer geography courses for elementary education majors.
  5. Highlight the need for academic geographers teaching all geography courses at the college level.

Goal 3:    GENI will promote opportunities for pre-service and in-service training in geography for Indiana teachers.

GENI will:

   12.  Provide pre-service and in-service training institutes and workshops to improve 

          geographic education throughout the state.

  1. Promote and provide statewide and regional conferences on geographic issues.
  2. Support and encourage more teacher consultants throughout the school systems in the state.

Goal 4:    GENI will promote the availability of materials for the teaching and learning of geography in Indiana.

GENI will:

  16.   Provide a central dissemination center for geographic resources via

          the GENI main office or via the GENI websites.

  1. List and distribute information regarding professional development opportunities utilizing the GENI website, newsletters, and fliers. 
  2. Obtain grants to provide for outreach opportunities.
  3. Collaborate with other outreach organizations to provide events and/or resources for Indiana educators and students.