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Geographic Literacy Grant Recipients to be Honored at NCSS 2017 Annual Conference

SAN FRANCISCO, (Nov. 15, 2017) -- The recipients of the 2016 National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Grant for the Enhancement of Geographic Literacy, Charlene D. Bustos and R. Gary Pumphrey from Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas, and Linda Stevens and Torrey Clay from Education Service Center Region 15, San Angelo, Texas will be honored at a Geography Community Business dinner by NCSS Geography Community leaders and grant co-sponsor GENIP (Geography Education National Implementation Project) on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 6:00pm, SoMa Restaurant & Bar.

In addition, the team will also be presenting a session on the implementation of their “The Traveler’s Trunk: A Never Ending Journey” grant project on Friday, Nov. 17, 2:15 p.m., Rm. 2000, Moscone West, where the team will discuss their approach in integrating geography across all disciplines with strategies that lend themselves to the curriculum requirements found in the elementary grades. Press Passes are available here.

The NCSS Grant for the Enhancement of Geographic Literacy was created to promote geography education in the schools; to enhance the geographic literacy of students at the classroom, district, or statewide level; and to encourage the integration of geography into the social studies curriculum/classroom. Award winners receive $2,500, a commemorative award, and present a session on their work at the NCSS Annual Conference.

The NCSS Annual Conference is the largest and most comprehensive social studies professional development conference in the United States, where social studies educators share, interact, develop ideas, and enhance their skills. This year’s theme, “Expanding Visions/Bridging Traditions,” will offer more than 900 content-rich sessions covering all subjects and grade levels, a lineup of renowned speakers and education experts, and numerous exhibiting organizations displaying the latest in educational resources.

GENIP (Geography Education National Implementation Project) is a consortium of geography associations committed to improving the status and quality of geography education in the United States. It was organized in 1985 by the American Association of Geographers(AAG), American Geographical Society(AGS), National Council for Geographic Education(NCGE), and National Geographic Society (NGS).

Founded in 1921, National Council for the Social Studies is the largest professional association in the country devoted solely to social studies education. The mission of National Council for the Social Studies is to provide leadership, service, and support for all social studies educators. The NCSS membership represents K-12 classroom teachers, college and university faculty members, curriculum designers and specialists, social studies supervisors, and leaders in the various disciplines that constitute the social studies.

NCSS regards social studies as the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence. Within the school program, social studies provides coordinated, systematic study drawing upon such disciplines as anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology, as well as appropriate content from the humanities, mathematics, and natural sciences. The primary purpose of social studies is to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.

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