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Special sessions underscore milestones in geography education at AAG Annual Meeting

March 20, 2013

The AAG Annual Meeting will feature a special mini-set of sessions on the association’s contributions to K-12 geography education. The first of the four sessions will be held on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, and features presentations by Michael Solem, Director of Educational Affairs, and other staff members on AAG materials and resources related to geography education.

The remaining sessions will take place on Friday, April 12. A session on policy initiatives will bring together leadership from the AAG staff with federal, state, and local officials. The discussion will focus on the success of the “AAG Resolution Supporting K-12 Geography Education,” which has been endorsed by almost 20 governors; more than 20 Fortune 500 companies; and many other key leaders and organizations, and related topics. A discussion of Geography for Life, the second edition edition of the national geography standards, will feature keynote remarks by Gilbert M. Grosvenor, former chairman of the National Geographic Society (NGS). Geography for Life was released in 2012 and was developed by the Geography Education National Implementation Project on behalf of the AAG, American Geographical Society, National Council for Geographic Education, and NGS.

A final session will focus on the Roadmap for 21st Century Geography Education Project, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, which brought together experts in geography, education, and research from across the U.S. to create a set of landmark reports focusing on key issues for educational improvement.

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