What you can do to support

Geography Education in Indiana!

Want to help create responsible and globally literate

Indiana citizens?  Find out how.  Get involved today!



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Upcoming Dates:


NCGE Annual Conference, July 31- August 3, Memphis TN

GENI Long Range Planning Board Meeting, August 23, IUPUI

IN US History Teachers Association, August 29, Indianapolis IHS IN History Center

IGIC Forum, September 23

GeoFest, October 17-18, Pokagon State Park

Indiana Non-Public Education Conference, October 23-24, Indianapolis Convention Center

Indiana Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference, November 14

National Geography Awareness Week, November 16-22

International GIS Day, November 19

Indiana International Festival, November 20-23, Indiana State Fairgrounds

GENI Strategic Planning Board Meeting, December 5-6


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.)


May 21: Virginia 8th grader Akhil Rekulapelli was named the <<<<

2014 National Geographic Bee winner

2014 Indiana Geographic Bee


1st - Sean Ives of Trinity Lutheran School in Crown Point wins second year!


2nd - Thomas Gatewood of Western Middle School, Russiaville


3rd - Ben Foley of Tri-North Middle School, Bloomington


For additional details, visit the 2014 IN Geographic Bee site


Sam Graves, Ben Foley, Sean Ives, Thomas Gatewood

(Moderator, 3rd Place, 1st Place, 2nd Place)


THANK YOU to the Lilly Endowment, Inc.,

IUPUI School of Liberal Arts and

Department of Geography

IndianaView, and

the Indiana Geographic Information Council/Officer

for production support!!


Sam Graves of IUPUI's Consider This!

moderated the Final Round.

Geography Book Blog

Newest book blogs:

The Book Thief


The Sign-Talker: the Adventures of George Drouillard on the Lewis and Clark Expedition

Indiana Broadband: Don't Get Left Behind!

  • What is it? What type of information does the map convey?
  • Why is it important to Indiana's economy? How does broadband impact your life?

Download the postcard

Lesson Plan for IN high school students: GHW, APHG

To learn more about Indiana and broadband, visit http://www.in.gov/gis/Broadband.htm

To participate in an on-line broadband data test in your community, visit http://www.indianabroadbandmap.com



Advance Placement Human Geography Portal

The National Geographic Education website has created a portal for teaching and learning resources dedicated to the major topics taught in the APHG course. Visit the site often as it is constantly growing.

APHG / ELA Connections

A document highlighting a few of the English/Language Arts Common Core Standards connections to the Advanced Placement Human Geography Standards. The document is a starting point. Please share your additions!

National Geographic Education Foundation

The guide, Interconnections, is an alignment of the Common Core English Language Arts with Literacy in Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects to the Geography for Life: National Geography Standards, Second Edition.



Speak Up

    for Geography


National Geographic Bee sponsor Google produced a great short video about

What Can You Do With Geography?

cut and paste into your browser:



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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...

Dear Indiana Geographic Literacy Advocates,

I 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 support. It 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.

YOU are who our elected officials want to hear from.

You 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.

THANK 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.


Kathy Lamb Kozenski



GENI Newsletter - Spring 2014   Past Issues





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National Geographic Education Website




Indiana in Maps:  Geographic Perspectives of the Hoosier State

A GENI Publication!



Explore the many careers in Geography!

The study of geography helps people understand, think knowledgeably, and make decisions about the world in which they live. Indiana interacts with the world at large, and, therefore, every citizen in the state needs to be geographically literate and environmentally responsible.  Geography Educators' Network of Indiana, Inc. (GENI) exists to promote the value and significance of geography in Indiana, the importance of geography in the curricula of Indiana's K-12 schools, colleges and universities, opportunities for pre-service and in-service training in geography for Indiana teachers, and the availability of materials for the teaching and learning of geography in Indiana.