State of IN GIS Day
, September 30, Indiana Government Conference Center
, October 17-18, Pokagon State Park
GIS Day at Purdue University, November 6
Indiana GAW Bookmark Art Contest, Deadline December 1 (see below)
Bats in the City
September 13, 2014 @ IUPUI and Garfield Park
Bookmark Art Contest
Curriculum: elementary, middle, high school lesson plans, & resource suggestions
What Does the Indiana Bat Say? (a music video)
National Geography Awareness Week 2014
Geography & the Future of Food
Bookmark Art Contest for Indiana students, K-12
For the latest:
Indiana Social Studies Academic Standards
Indiana Math and ELA Academic Standards (approved April 28)
Social Studies Content Area Literacy (PDF 10 pgs.)
Science/Technical Studies Content Area Literacy (PDF 10 pgs.)
JILL BOWMAN, an amazing individual we will all miss...
Jill passed away August 3, 2014 at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis after complications from surgery and life-long health issues. Jill was born in Anderson, Indiana to Richard and Alberta Louise Bowman. Her sister, daughter, son-in-law, and two grandsons were her world, along with her dog, Rocky - a fiesty Jack Russell Terrier. Jill was extremely involved in her church's many education and outreach activities, always teaching about geography through any venue possible. Many of her friends and neighbors commented on her insistence that everyone understand a place's physical geography in order to better understand the cultural issues. Jill always had a cache of maps on hand with which to teach or to share during conversations.
Jill began working with the Geography Educators’ Network of Indiana, Inc. in 1989 during a three-week Summer Geography Institute at IUPUI. The event was quite intensive, but the educators really bonded and became true friends, many of those friendship lasting throughout the years. Shortly thereafter, Jill became the facilitator for the Indianapolis Urban Geography Team, coordinating geographic literacy outreach efforts for the metropolitan area. She implemented the Family Geography Challenge for her school, for Indianapolis Public Schools, and for the Indianapolis Archdiocese Schools. She participated in the Costa Rica Geography Institute for four weeks, engaging in the field study of the human and physical geographic aspects of this amazing country. Jill contributed to the Indiana Social Studies Academic Standards during two iterations. Jill also presented numerous sessions at local, state, and national conferences sharing teaching ideas and her passion for geography. She received an Outstanding Geography Teacher Award from both GENI (Indiana) and the National Council for Geographic Education (national). She coordinated a minimum of three, three-week urban geography field experiences and many one-day or ½-day professional development workshops. Jill served on the GENI Board of Directors from 1995-2005, including serving as the Board Secretary for three years and as the Treasurer for five years. She retired from serving the Indiana Geography Education community in 2005, when personal demands became a priority. Her love of the organization, and the love that many in the organization have for Jill, kept the lines of communication open with her right up until her death. Indiana Social Studies Education would not be “where” it is at without the many contributions from Jill Bowman!!!
> Jill was always such a “trooper” and so sincerely committed to GENI and each of us who are members of the board.
> Thank you for sharing the news, even though it is sad. I appreciate knowing and may be coming down for the visitation or service, depending on when it is. I will always think of “La Cucarachas” when I think of Jill.
> Jill was with us (GENI) from almost the very beginning. I can remember her work with my two large institutes at Purdue. At that time, Jill was doing the Geography Family Challenge. She was a marvel at how she could squeeze every penny out of her funds. I admired her for doing so. She was a big help as secretary to the board when I was President. All that foot work getting our Friday night dinners arranged for Board Meetings was appreciated, too. All nicely done. That was Jill. Her simple lessons went a long way. Great elementary teacher. Always helpful. Quiet, but resourceful. She cared for all of us on the board. She liked coming, participating, and just seeing us together made our board meetings meaningful. I will miss my friend, Jill. She admired her father in so many ways, too.
> We will miss a great elementary educator and friend.
> The state of Indiana is losing a wonderful resource and asset each time it loses a teacher like Jill.
> Jill’s love of teaching is the most important aspect of her that I will always remember…and the love of her dogs.
I have fond memories of Jill for her enthusiasm and positive spirit. I know that in addition to being a wonderful geography educator she was simply a great teacher, the kind of teacher any parent would want for their child. She will be long remembered by all of us and the many youngsters whose lives she touched and enhanced in so many ways.
Memorial contributions can be made to Sunrise United Methodist Church,
7551 Oaklandon Road, Indianapolis IN 46236
National Geographic Bee sponsor Google produced a great short video about
What Can You Do With Geography?
cut and paste into your browser:
Teaching Geography is Fundamental Act
Why do we need better geography education? Check out the latest Roper Poll on Geographic Literacy and you will have your answers! Read on...
Indiana Geographic Literacy Advocates,
need your help!!!
Please contact our federal Senators and
Representatives to urge them to support a bill (the Teaching Geography is
Fundamental Act) that would authorize $15 million annually over the next
five years for teacher-training and materials in geographic education. Did you
know that Geography is the ONLY federally-recognized core subject that has not
received dedicated federal funding since No Child Left Behind was signed into
law in 2002? Not one dime. Yet, every other core subject receives
will help our cause if the Members of Congress have
heard from YOU (their Indiana constituents) about the importance of geography education and geographic literacy, and
about the existence of the Teaching Geography is Fundamental Act. I
urge you to join me in a chorus of support for action by Congress.
are who our elected officials want to hear from.
can go to SpeakUpForGeography.org and
send pre-written letters directly to your Senators and Representative. It only
takes a minute to show support for K-12 geography education in our schools. By
the time I visit Capitol Hill, our Members of Congress will know that
I am speaking on behalf of an accomplished group of educators, curriculum
coordinators, university professors, professional geographers, and IN citizens
who are making a difference throughout the state.
YOU for considering this opportunity to help put geography "back on the map"
with federal support. I am proud to represent Geography Education to our elected officials, and I am hopeful that we can correct the troubling oversight that
leaves Geography alone without federal funding.