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The Road Map for Education in the Geographical Sciences Project

The National Geographic Society and the three major professional geography organizations in the U.S. have received a grant from the National Science Foundation to create a “Road Map” for the future of geographic education. This historic collaboration between National Geographic, the Association of American Geographers, the National Council for Geographic Education, and the American Geographical Society is creating recommendations to guide national efforts to improve geographic education over the next decade.

The work of the Road Map for Education in the Geographical Sciences Project is being done in three committees, each looking at key areas for improving geographic education. The foci of the three committees are: (1) assessment, (2) professional development and instructional materials, and (3) education research. Each of these committees is producing a report assessing the current state of geographic education in their area and making recommendations to educators, policy makers, and funders for actions they can take to improve geographic education across the social studies and sciences.

Drafts of these reports will be available From March 26th to April 20th for public review and feedback. If you are interested in reviewing and providing feedback on any of these reports, please visit the Road Map Project website at Click on the "Feedback" link in the right side bar to preview the reports. There are also instructions on that page for how to submit a review. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Road Map Project Director, Virginia Pitts, at

Thank you!

The Road Map Project Leadership Team

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