MGA offers a variety of services statewide for students, teachers, and the general public, including:
NEW! ONLINE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
In response to the global health crisis the Mississippi Geographic Alliance has moved our professional development programming online for summer 2020.
For Summer 2020 Professional Development opportunities there will be two Geo Inquiry Institutes partnering with the Audubon Society and a series of Professional Development Workshops partnering with the Infinity Science Center and School Districts.
*Information about these institutes and workshops as well as application links will be sent via email soon.
*CEU’s will be available for institutes and workshops at no cost to participants.
Space and place are a part of our lives. We use geospatial thinking to identify, analyze, and understand how the world works. Global Positioning System or GPS provides users with
geographic data and Geographic Information Systems or GIS allows users to display and
analyze that data.
The MGA GeoTrunk provides a set of 12 Garmin Etrex 10 units for classroom or group use.
The trunk includes everything you will need to conduct a learning activity or lesson using the GPS receivers. A teacher consultant with the Mississippi Geographic Alliance will bring the trunk to your school or group to conduct activities. Recommended for grades K-5. The GeoTrunk is available for $150/day. Availability is limited.
To request the GeoTrunk for your school or organization, click here: https://tinyurl.com/geotrunk
GIANT FLOOR MAPS
Giant floor maps (11’x14′) of the United States are available throughout the state. The maps include cut-outs of all 50 states and engaging, hands-on activities for grades k-8 that will enrich geography, science, and MS State Social Studies Standards learning in your school. An MGA Teacher Consultant will come and lead activities in your school. The giant floor map is available to your school for $200/day and at least one full day is required. Full and partial scholarships are available for grades 5-8.
Giant floor maps of the Mississippi are available throughout the state. One of the maps is 10’x15′ and the other 16’x20′. Please make sure you have sufficient space for one of these maps. The floor maps are ideal for Mississippi Studies classes and standards-aligned activities are provided. An MGA Teacher Consultant will come and lead activities in your school. The Mississippi floor map is available to your school for $200/day and at least one full day is required. Full and partial scholarships are available for grades 5-8. Request a giant map for the 2018-2019 academic year.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC GIANT CONTINENT MAPS
The National Geographic Floor Maps of Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America are available to schools and other institutions. An MGA Teacher Consultant will work with you on activities to meet the learning needs of your students. Availability is limited and we will not be able to accommodate all requests. The maps are available for $250/day or full scholarships are available. Scholarship recipients must reach a minimum of 100 students and have a 3 day minimum, 1 week maximum time frame per school. Institutions that maximize school and community participation will be given preference. The map of North America is 26 feet by 20 feet and the Europe map is 30 feet by 30 feet. Full and partial scholarships are available for grades 5-8. To apply to bring the map to your school, go to https://tinyurl.com/GTM2018.
PRE-SERVICE GEOGRAPHY CONFERENCES
Future teachers learn the basics of geography, its importance in K-12 education, and how to integrate it across curriculum in in-class session workshop at institutions of higher learning across the state. Junior and senior education students attend hands-on workshop sessions, gain geographic content knowledge, receive elementary/secondary lesson plans, worksheets, maps, and atlases, and receive a completion certificate from National Geographic Society for their portfolios. The in-class session workshop can be 1-4 hours in length. If you are interested in hosting an in-class session workshop at your institution of higher learning, please contact Dawn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 662-915-2281.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR TEACHERS
MGA offers a range of educational experiences for teachers, from conference sessions to intensive professional development institutes and workshops. Look for our sessions at the annual conferences of the Mississippi Council for the Social Studies, the Mississippi Association for Gifted Children, the Mississippi Science Teachers Association, and more. MGA provides high-quality professional development training to teachers in your school or district free of charge. Our workshops are perfect for staff development and in-service training days. CEUs are available and provided for all workshops at least 5 hours long. MGA educators are also available for workshops with pre-service teachers.
MGA Teacher Consultants fulfill a variety of professional roles for the organization including student outreach, teacher professional development, developing education materials, advocacy, leadership and much more.
The Teacher Consultant training applications are now closed.
Current MGA TCs can check the TC Google Site for relevant documents and forms: https://sites.google.com/site/msgeoalliance/