Center for Geography Education in Oregon Joins Festival of Nations

CGEO_2c_300Thanks to a generous grant and partnership from the Center for Geography Education in Oregon (C-GEO), this year’s Festival of Nations will add an education element.  It will feature a 7 x 14 foot World Map to be used as an event activity.  The Festival is a place for C-GEO to further its mission to “improve and sustain geography education in Oregon.”  Through C-GEO’s resources, the festival will offer a ‘world cake/candy walk’, puzzle maps, and other geography-related activities.

C-GEO is an outstanding resource for Oregon teachers and families who understand the necessity of geography education in today’s interconnected world.  Located in the Geography Department at Portland State University, C-GEO provides professional development opportunities for Pre-K-12 teachers in Oregon through summer institutes. These programs  often include foreign and domestic travel, an annual GeoFest conference, and other workshops and activities.  C-GEO provides resources to Oregon teachers, including free online student atlases and geography-related curricular materials such as model lessons.  C-GEO also provides geography-oriented  grants to teachers for hosting community events at their schools, travel for professional development, and purchasing geography instructional materials.

C-GEO recently published the Atlas of Oregon Climate and Climate Change.  The 63-page atlas features extensive data-driven information and pages of colorful maps and graphics. It is available for free download on the C-GEO website.  

The C-GEO website, www.pdx.edu/geography-education, features many other free resources, including geography activity books for students and teachers, the award winning Student Atlas of Oregon (available in both English and Spanish), and a manual for hosting a Family Geography Night in your school or community.  The site announces professional development and grant opportunities for teachers, and you can read the  Geobytes newsletter there.

C-GEO works cooperatively with other educational, professional, civic and corporate organizations that share its goals and concerns about geographic education in Oregon’s Pre-K-12 schools.  

C-GEO is happy for the opportunity to support the geography outreach efforts of People-Places-Things LLC and the Division Midway Alliance at the Festival of Nations Celebration

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