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Center of Excellence for Geographic Education

Center of Excellence for Geographic Education

U.S. students don’t know their geography putting them at a disadvantage in the world of global business. Our goal is to change this by giving educators tools to help our children learn.

Did you know that fewer than 30 percent of U.S. students in the 4th, 8th, and 12th grades who were tested for their geographic knowledge in 2010 scored at the “proficient” or above level?  Even worse, according to the results of the 2010 National Assessment of Educational Progress for Geography, more than 20 percent of students tested didn’t even achieve the “basic” level of mastery.   In our complex 21st century world, says NAEP, “America’s national security and economic competitiveness will depend on having a population that can reason geographically.”  The South Carolina Geographic Alliance (SCGA) agrees, and is working diligently to make our children more geographically literate.

SCGA is a network of K-12 educators and university geographers that uses geography to improve the education of our children. Our primary goal is to bring the concepts and methodology of modern geography to the K-12 classroom by providing high-quality, low-cost, professional development opportunities and materials for South Carolina educators.  The Alliance has more than 10,000 K-12 educators, college professors, and other geography enthusiasts, as well as more than 300 Teacher Consultants trained at the University of South Carolina and/or by the National Geographic Society.  Alliance membership is free. 

Please peruse our website for more details about our exciting group, and for information about how you can join!