The New Mexico Geographic Alliance is dedicated to enhancing geography education through teacher professional development and outstanding curriculum materials.
"In the magnificent fierce morning of New Mexico one sprang awake,a new part of the soul woke up suddenly, and the old world gave way to the new." - D. H. Lawrence
This building embraced many roles. Those functions included ceremony, administration, trading, storage, hospitality, communications, astronomy and burial of the honored dead. Only a small portion seems to have served as living quarters.
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First strategic planning meeting held at NMSU
Saturday, January, 25, 2014, eighteen dedicated geography supporters attended the first of several planned strategic planning meetings - this one held at New Mexico State University and hosted by the NMSU Alliance and the Department of Geography. Educators, administrators, friends and supporters began the process of forming the New Mexico Geographic Alliance into an organization that will serve the mission of supporting geography education in New Mexico. Stay tuned for more such meetings in months to come.
Dr. DeMers takes over as president of NCGE.
Beginning January 1, 2014, Dr. DeMers took over as the president of the National Council for Geographic Education. The nation's only organization specifically dedicated to the support of geographic education, NCGE offers New Mexico Geographic Alliance Members a 50% discount on membership. Enjoy the companionship of like-minded K-16 educators. Receive access to The Journal of Geography and The Geography Educator.
Mr. Carr delivers paper at the 2013 annual NCGE conference in Denver.
Mr. Raymond (Randy) Carr delivered a paper titled “Andragogy and Introductory GIS Training With a Hybridized, Web-based Training Model for Adult Learners” at the National Conference on Geographic Education in Denver on August 3. His work describes the results of his experiences teaching GIS within the geography department at New Mexico State
Dr. DeMers delivers paper at the 2013 annual NCGE conference in Denver.
Dr. Michael DeMers delivered a paper titled “You’ve Got Geography in My Science” at the National Conference on Geographic Education on August 3. This paper describes the strong linkage between geographic content and the hard sciences and how geography content can be incorporated into traditional science classes.
Dr. DeMers gets T3G certificate from Environmental Systems Research Institute
Dr. DeMers was selected to get a week of training for the Teachers Teaching Teachers (T3G) program sponsored by Environmental Systems Research Institute. He spent a week of training with 94 other educators from around the US and abroad. The training focused on how to employ the power and flexibility of ArcGIS.com for teaching a wide variety of content in an even wider set of subjects. A major part of the training is to produce a group of educators who will, in turn, train other educators in these techniques through workshops and webinars. DeMers is one of approximately 200 holders of the T3G certificate and one of only two in New Mexico.
Dr. DeMers delivers papers at the ESRI Education and International UserConferences
Dr. DeMers gave two papers at the ESRI Education and International Conferences in San Diego in June. His paper for the education conference was titled “A Geodesign Exercise: First Experiences” and can be downloaded. His multi-authored paper for the International Conference was titled “Toward an Immersive 3D Virtual BoK Exploratorium: A Proof of Concept” and has been published in Transactions in GIS.