Inaugural Visionary Award Luncheon
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Noon - 1:30pm CDT
Renaissance Hotel Nashville
Hosted by the National Geographic and the Tennessee Geographic Alliance, the Inaugural Geographic Visionary Award Event will honor an accomplished leader who understands the importance of global understanding and world systems. Additionally, the event will honor a global company actively “bringing the world to Tennessee-and Tennessee to the world.” This year our honorees are Randy Boyd and the Nissan North America. This exciting event will convene 300 or so of our state’s top business executives, political leaders, educators, innovators, scientists and engineers at a luncheon in downtown Nashville featuring inspirational speakers – celebrating our honorees and highlighting Tennessee’s milestones on the world stage. It will promote understanding of geography education, geospatial technology and geographic literacy as they relate to workforce development and critical competencies of our State’s future leaders.
To purchase tickets please visit the Eventbrite website.
For information on sponsorships of the event please click HERE. Or call Kurt Butefish at 865-974-4841 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org .
One-day Workshop - Geography First: Classroom Lessons, Strategies and Activities
Thursday, July 20, 2017
The Tennessee Geographic Alliance is providing geography instruction, lesson plans and activities to assist teachers at all levels in incorporating geography into their Social Studies courses as mandated by the Tennessee standards. The workshop will consist of individual break-out sessions that focus on five primary areas: World Regional Geography, Tennessee Geography, Geography Resources, Geography and ELA, and Grade Specific Lesson Plans.
Click HERE for a flyer and registration form.
Click HERE for abstracts of all the breakout sessions that will be offered.
2017 Geospatial Academy
Saturday, May 13, 2017 8:30-4:30
M-Th, June 12-15, 2017 8:30-4:30
Saturday, August 26, 2017 8:30-4:30
Saturday, October 7, 2017 8:30-4:30
L&N STEM Academy, Knoxville, TN
In this seven-day experience, participants will develop geospatial science and technology background knowledge and skills. They will learn how to incorporate GT activities into their classroom curriculum in ways that align with TN State Content Standards (math, science, social studies and the CTE Introduction to GIS Course) and support project based learning (PBL). PBL has been shown to increase student engagement through hands on learning and enhance students’ development of 21st century skills such as collaboration, planning and critical thinking. Participants will use GPS and GIS to access industry standard software, ArcGIS Online, to support student learning.
For a five-minute video explaining how GT permeates our daily lives and is used worldwide for problem solving visit
Secondary science, math, STEM, CTE and social studies teachers, academic coaches and administrators with all technical skill levels who work with students in grades 6-12 are welcome to apply to attend, whether or not you have any experiences with geospatial technologies. Teams of 2-3 teachers from the East TN STEMspark hub partnering schools and districts will receive initial preference as applications are screened. If openings remain, applicants from beyond this geographic region will be accepted.
Click HERE for more information and an application.
Tennessee Mapping Contest
Deadline for registration is Wednesday, April 5, 2017