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College of Education professors receive National Geographic Society Grant

Dr. Mary Curtis and Dr. Johnoson Crutchfield were recently awarded a Geography Education Grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the National Geographic Society, for their grant application “Inquiry-based Geography Education Opportunities (IGEO)”.

According to Drs. Curtis and Crutchfield, "The Dallas-Fort Worth area provides a unique opportunity to work with a large number of pre- and in-service social studies teachers. The Inquiry-based Geography Education Opportunities (IGEO) project builds geoliteracy capacity for teachers through two training opportunities using the National Geographic (NG) Education Certification (NGEC) and the Connecting the Geo-Inquiry Process to your Teaching Practice (Geo-Inquiry (GI) training)."

IGEO aims to understand the impact of NG training on teachers’ perspective of geography education and their ability to plan geographic instruction, conduct geographic inquiry, and participate in the NG GeoChallenge competition.

The Geography Education Grant Program is co-sponsored by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the National Geographic Society. Awards of up to $50,693 are available for projects designed to improve the quality of geography education in the Texas K-12 environment, including collaborative efforts between public and independent institutions of higher education in Texas and a K-12 partner.