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Reaching out to schools, school districts, or teachers directly

If you don’t see a school that is currently enrolled in the Esri Schools program (browse tab 1 here to view currently enrolled schools) remember that one of the ways you can help as a GeoMentor is to recruit teachers and schools to participate!  Help them sign up for this opportunity for free software for their school!

One way to get started might be to make an appointment with a principal or superintendent at a school in your local community. Find out what the school hopes to achieve and think about how those educational goals can be supported with ArcGIS Online via the Esri Schools program.

Template Letter for Contacting Schools and Educators new to the Esri Schools program and GeoMentors Programs.   Use this template to craft your communication with a school and/or educator to start a collaboration.

Some questions to ask during your visit that will help you ascertain the school’s needs are:

  • Is your school involved in the Esri Schools program?
  • How does your school make use of instructional technologies in the curriculum?
  • What goals do you have for instructional technology in your school?
  • Does your school offer any geography courses, including AP Human Geography?
  • How familiar are your teachers with geospatial technology and ArcGIS Online?

By seeking answers to questions such as these, you can better craft a message that convinces school leaders to join the Esri Schools program. Emphasize the following points:

  • There is no cost to be involved and signing up is simple
  • Geography and geospatial technologies provide critical knowledge and skills for employment
  • ArcGIS Online and geographic learning can support teachers in all types of classrooms and subjects
  • There is a small learning curve and many applications can be done successfully with no prior knowledge of ArcGIS Online

Also consider how other educational organizations such as a 4-H club might benefit from participation in the Esri Schools program. Your choices as a GeoMentor are not limited to private and public K-12 schools, so please feel free to reach out to informal education groups, clubs and organizations as well.

Questions? Email geomentors@aag.org.