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Become a National Geographic Certified Educator



Teacher 9-12

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National Geographic Educator Certification is a free professional development program that recognizes k-12 educators committed to inspiring the next generation of explorers, conservationist, and change makers. NGS educators are part of a movement to empower students to be informed decision-makers equipped to solve meaningful challenges in their communities and beyond. Don't just teach students about the world-teach them how to change it. This session counts as Phase 1 of the Educator Certification. In addition, participants will be introduced to National Geographic's innovative Geo-Inquiry is a new integrated, project-based process that connects real-world challenges and National Geographic Explorers to the classroom. In this interactive-session, educators will learn new strategies to help students develop critical thinking skills, ask geographic questions, collect information, visualize data, create a compelling story, and advocate for change in their local communities focusing on empathy, curiosity, and respect for diversity. 


Dr. Thomas Larsen is a Lecture and Senior Research Associate for the Department of Geography at Texas State University. Dr. Larsen began facilitating in-service and pre-service training while working with the Missouri Geographic Alliance (MGA) from 2012 to 2014. From 2014 to 2018, he took an active role in teacher's professional development with the Kansas Geographic Alliance (KGA). Currently, he  leads training as a National Geographic Facilitator to certify Texas teachers in geography education. As a researcher, Dr. Larsen examines how geographic knowledge can be enhanced to increase students' agency and improve societal well-being. He is also interested in exploring big ideas regarding the human-environment relationship and the Anthropocene. 

Dimension 1.1: Standards and Alignment, Dimension 1.4: Activities; Standard 1 - Instructional Leadership

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Roxanne Hackney
Roxanne Hackney
Dr. Thomas Larsen, Texas State University
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10/18/2019 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM REGION 19 ESC - Horizon Room
6611 Boeing Drive, El Paso, 79925

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