Initiatives

Here you can find a list of initiatives from recent years. We encourage teachers, participants, and potential volunteers to contact us if interested in any of these initiatives.

The Agriculture in the Classroom Workshop seeks to improve agricultural literacy. The Maryland Geographic Alliance is working with the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation to support a workshop aimed at K-5 teachers. This summer, it will be held June 25-29. For more information, visit Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation.
AP Human Geography is one of the fastest-growing advanced placement courses. It is the equivalent of the Introduction to Human Geography taught at many colleges and universities. However, many teachers assigned to teach AP Human Geography have not had much geographic training. Fortunately, Maryland has a number of talented APHG teachers who have brought creativity and commitment to the task. The Maryland Geographic Alliance is working with a group of these teachers to create workshops and course content designed to help teachers effectively communicate the concepts in this course.
We are pleased to announce that the Maryland Geographic Alliance, in collaboration with Esri Education, will be supporting the 2017 ArcGIS Online Maryland School Competition! The ArcGIS Online Maryland School Competition is the state-level competition where middle school (grades 4-8) and high school (grade 9-12) students can participate in creating an ArcGIS Online presentation, web app, or story map. School representatives will submit the five best projects from their students to the Maryland Geographic Alliance. From the submissions, our expert judges will choose the top five high school teams and top five middle school teams to be awarded a $100 prize. The top high school map and middle school map from Maryland will be sent to Esri for judging. Esri will choose the top high school team and middle school team in the nation to attend the Esri Education GIS Conference in San Diego, CA! Check out our website for the competition for more information!
This year the Maryland Geographic Alliance will work with Baltimore City public school teachers on urban geography. The mapping project focus on teaching students to create a digital map of their school communities. We will start with a one-day workshop for public school teachers. More information to come.
Ann Strozyk of Howard County Public Schools and the Howard County Conservancy will hold two BioBlitzes at Belmont Manor and Historic Park in Howard County, Maryland. The first will be May 16–19 and the second will be in September. Both events are expected to attract about 150–200 elementary and middle school participants who will take a survey of Belmont’s plants and animals. We will keep you posted as more information becomes available. For more information, visit the Howard County Conservancy Facebook page.
In 2016, Maryland Geographic Alliance is working with the National Aquarium at Baltimore and Ann Strozyk of Howard County Public Schools in BioBlitz activities. The Aquarium is holding its BioBlitz at its research facility at Masonville Cove, June 16–17. The Aquarium expects about 100 participants including scientists, naturalists, students, teachers, families and other volunteers who will find and record as many living plants and animals as they can. For more information, visit National Aquarium BioBlitz.
National Geographic and the National Park Service are partnering to sponsor BioBlitzes across the country. In a BioBlitz, teams of volunteer scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to find and identify as many species of plants, animals, microbes, fungi, and other organisms as possible. The cornerstone National Parks BioBlitz: Washington, D.C., will take place May 20–21, with more than a hundred concurrent BioBlitzes happening at national parks across the country. For more information, visit National Parks BioBlitz.
In our interdependent world, the study of world cultures is vitally important. To enhance the professional development of middle school teachers, the Maryland Geographic Alliance will conduct a pilot summer workshop for world cultures that will focus on Asia. We will hold our first World Cultures Workshop at Towson University on October 1st.
This is National Geographic’s national initiative for all state alliances. The Maryland Giant Traveling Map brings hands-(and feet!)-on education to students with a roughly 20’x16′ classroom size map. The Maryland Geographic Alliance will be sponsoring different events featuring the map throughout the state. Check out our State Giant Traveling Map FAQs for more information.