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Geography Education
Supporting geography educators everywhere with current digital resources.
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Power of Place

Power of Place | Geography Education |
Explore educational and professional development resources for teachers and classrooms on Annenberg Media's Companion to the Annenberg Media series Power of Place. This site covers the 26 episodes of the world geography course, produced by Cambridge Studios.
Seth Dixon's insight:

I know many teachers love the "Power of Place" video series because they are regionally and thematically organized. All 26 videos (roughly a half an hour each) aren't the most current examples but they are all sound and available online here.  

Allison Anthony's comment, May 2, 2014 9:22 AM
I think you should make an updated version! :-)
Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, May 3, 2014 1:32 AM

Looks good

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, May 3, 2014 9:07 AM

great course resource!

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The Human Imprint

The Human Imprint | Geography Education |
A Human Geography Resource; Especially for Teachers

The Human Imprint is home to everything Human Geography related for the student, educator, and the every day Joe/Jane. This site includes geographic related stories, lesson plans, and other links that bring us closer to understanding the “why of where.”

Seth Dixon's insight:

Have you already seen this resource produced by a Chicago AP Human Geography teacher?  If not, there's no time like the present!

SFDSLibrary's curator insight, May 13, 2014 7:58 AM

Words leading to new Geography treads.

good for up to date articles.

Sarah Ann Glesenkamp's curator insight, August 18, 2014 6:54 PM

Unit 1

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, September 11, 2014 2:15 PM

course resource

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Place-based Geography Videos

Place-based Geography Videos | Geography Education |

Professor Seth Dixon shares over 50 of his favorite geography videos in this online map

Seth Dixon's insight:

Have you ever wanted to watch a video and to have a map handy at the same time?  Ever since I first watched Raiders of the Lost Ark, I love the idea of combining video with maps.  I produced this bare-bones map on ArcGIS online to spatially index over 50 videos that I enjoy using in my classes; all are place-specific videos (so they can be ‘located’ on the map).  These videos have also been shared here earlier, but this map can function as a more user-friendly way to search for engaging video clips.  Do you have a great place-based video that teaches the principles of geography that you love?  Please share the URL in the comments section with a brief paragraph.        

Tags: mapping, video, ESRIgeography education.

Matt Davidson's curator insight, October 23, 2014 7:54 PM

Great site - showing locational context is important for not just Geography but every subject. How can we understand the complexities of topics like conflict or urban economies or agricultural histories.... without understanding locations and maps?

Melissa Marie Falco-Dargitz's curator insight, November 3, 2014 12:02 PM

It was nice to see where everything was happening. I hope it gets updated to more current events. I wish we had something like this when we were looking at the invasion of Kuwait.

Caroline Ivy's curator insight, March 15, 2015 5:19 PM

Seth Dixon uses ArgGIS to juxtapose maps with the location a video is associated with. 


This idea has crossed my mind before. Now, a video can be contemplated with the spatial accuracy needed. This connects events to a place, and can help students more fully grasp the geospatial distribution of events. 

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Family Geography Night

"Are you looking for a way to promote geography in your school in a way that involves students, parents, other teachers and administrators? A Family Geography can absolutely help.  Here are some guidelines to run a Family Geography night at a school or an Alliance function."

Seth Dixon's insight:

I’ve had the privilege of working with NEGEN (New England Geography Education Network). The great people in the Massachusetts Geographic Alliance have collaborated to create a template to run Family Geography Nights at schools. These Family Nights are incredibly successful in showing the relevance of geography education to administrators, other teachers, parents and the general public.

Tony Aguilar's curator insight, December 1, 2013 3:38 AM

A geography night brings a subject to an interesting focus for students and parents, having interactive playful resources to teach kids about the world around them. They can play parents can ask teachers questions and it overall encourages interest in a subject that may seem complex and difficult to understand at times.With all the dicsiplines of geography that exist it is important to glean a foundational awareness of the world around you, to use as a springboard for the other aspects. These after school events and the fun involved will defintley help the student have a more open mind to learning, information that is practical but somewhat difficult to understand.

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, December 1, 2013 10:13 AM

Jornada dedicada a la familia en mi escuela

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Debating the U.S. Response to Syria

Debating the U.S. Response to Syria | Geography Education |

Students will:

  • Analyze the issues that frame the current debate on U.S. policy towards Syria.
  • Consider the role of the U.S. public, the president, and Congress in the decision of whether to use military force.
  • Work cooperatively within groups to integrate the arguments and beliefs of the options into a persuasive, coherent presentation.
  • Explore, debate, and evaluate multiple perspectives on U.S. policy towards Syria through a role-play activity.
Seth Dixon's insight:

You want resources for teaching the most important geopolitical issue right now?  This set of resources from the Choices Program is just what you are looking for. 

Tags: SyriaMiddleEast, conflict, political.

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Geography/Common Core Webinar

Geography/Common Core Webinar | Geography Education |

"If you're concerned about Common Core and how geography fits in then don't miss this informative event. We'll dive into resources that were designed to expand the definition of text, show the alignment between the ELA common core standards and Geography for Life along with suggesting teaching ideas. This presentation will focus on the ELA and Geography Interconnections document that was created to support educators. The session will also highlight the National Geographic Common Core website and the resources available. Join us for a look into Common Core Standards and Geography Education!"

Seth Dixon's insight:

NCGE and National Geographic Education have partnered to bring you the first free partnership webinar of the 2013-2014 NCGE Webinar Series!  This webinar is tomorrow evening (Wednesday August 28th, 9:00pm EDT) so register ASAP!  I've posted some resources in the past about how geography and the Common Core can be aligned; this webinar will pull together years of work to ensure that geography does not get squeezed out of the curriculum.  

Tags: common coreEnglishNCGE, National Geographic, geography education, teacher training.

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Kelsea Messina's curator insight, August 29, 2013 8:18 PM

professional development!

ParentPreppers's curator insight, August 31, 2013 7:28 AM

Looks interesting...

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T3G Lightning Talks

T3G Lightning Talks | Geography Education |

Earlier this summer the T3G participants had an informal lightning talk session with many people sharing their favorite educational, geospatial or professional development tools.  I was amazed as some of the incredible projects these fantastic educator are involved with and I didn’t have time to properly credit all the speakers, but this was the best I could do to capture some incredible projects.  Below are some of the links:

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, August 3, 2013 11:12 PM

good refereces and resources.

techsavvygirl's curator insight, August 4, 2013 9:00 AM

inspiration for those who enjoy geospatial learning tools

Leoncio Lopez-Ocon's curator insight, August 8, 2013 7:15 AM

Recursos y referencias para la educación geoespacial

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APHG Graduate Certificate Program at Elmhurst

APHG Graduate Certificate Program at Elmhurst | Geography Education |
Join us for an informative session on the newest program available to AP Human Geography teachers of any level. We'll look at the data behind the program's development as well as the program components and options available.
Seth Dixon's insight:

I'm pleased to announce a FREE Webinar about the AP Human Geography Online Graduate Program at Elmhurst College on Aug. 7 at 8:00 PM EST. Sponsored by GIS Etc., the webinar will answer questions about the program and what is included in the professional development experience.  

Scholarships have reduced the costs by $600 per course for all NCGE members who are public school teachers. 

Please register for the FREE webinar here.
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Graduate Program Scholarship

Graduate Program Scholarship | Geography Education |

This is a five-course part-time program that can be completed in less than one year. Offered through the Elmhurst College Online Center, the program is fully online in eight-week sessionsThis program correlates directly with the College Board AP® Human Geography."

Seth Dixon's insight:

NCGE has recently announced that they are willing to offer scholarships to reduce the cost of Elmhurst College's Graduate Certificate Program in Human Geography for AP.  Each course is $1950 per class, and every NCGE member that is a current teacher can receive a scholarship of $600 (reducing the per course cost down to $1350 per class).  Not currently a member of the NCGE?  Join today. 

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Free Online Mapping Course

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This podcast explains the MOOC Maps and the Geospatial Revolution.  It is designed to be an easy on-ramp to 21st century geospatial tools and any geography teacher hoping to modernize their skillset would do well to take this summer course from the Program of Online Geospatial Education at Penn State, taught by Dr. Anthony Robinson.  Click here to register for free.   

Tags: GIS, teacher training, mapping, cartography, geospatial, edtech, geography education, unit 1 GeoPrinciples.

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Writing FRQs

"AP Human Geography Free Response Questions should be approached in a very deliberate and specific way. APHG teacher Tom Landon explains his approach to teaching students how to do it."

Seth Dixon's insight:

For those preparing students for the AP Human Geography test, this video gives great advice to help you instruct students on how to approach the Free Response Questions (FRQs).  Understanding the content always comes first, but some bright students who I know understand the content fail to read the instructions or to answer every portion of the questions.  This will help those APHG students.

TagsAPHG, training, geography education.

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APHG Graduate Certificate Program

APHG Graduate Certificate Program | Geography Education |

"More than 96,000 students took the AP Human Geography exam in 2012 and it is estimated that there are 3,200 AP Human Geography teachers nationwide. As demand for APHG exams increase, so will the demand for qualified teachers." 

Seth Dixon's insight:

It is with great pleasure that I can announce to you that a Graduate Certificate Program specifically for AP Human Geography teachers is about to be launched.  Offered through the Elmhurst College Online Center, the program will to taught fully online in 8-week sessions. The APHG graduate certificate program curriculum correlates directly with the College Board AP Human Geography established curriculum.  This 5-course program can be completed in less than one year.  The full announcement is available in this PDF.

Heather Ramsey's comment, March 6, 2013 8:33 PM
This is awesome! In my opinion, there are not enough graduate programs in Geography Education, especially online. Thanks for posting this information!
Sharla Shults's curator insight, March 8, 2013 6:36 PM

Movements toward increased and better education are always an added plus!

Greg Hill's comment, March 10, 2013 3:45 PM
This is great
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Maps and the Geospatial Revolution

Maps and the Geospatial Revolution | Geography Education |

"Learn how advances in geospatial technology and analytical methods have changed how we do everything, and discover how to make maps and analyze geographic patterns using the latest tools."

Seth Dixon's insight:

When I was a graduate student at Penn State, I was introduced to some great people and programs and I'm glad to see that the institution has continued to excel and be a leader.  You have probably heard of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) and been interested in seeing how this might change higher education in the future.  This MOOC is a free 5-week course designed to be an introduction to mapping, GIS and geospatial technologies so you don't need to be a specialists with a mapping background: it's for beginners.  I know that many geography teachers tell their students about GIS, but are afraid to teach with GIS because they are worried that it will be too hard.  This is an easy on-ramp to 21st century geospatial tools and any geography teacher hoping to modernize their skillset would do well to take this summer course fromthe Program of Online Geospatial Education at Penn State, taught by Dr. Anthony Robinson.  For more information on this, see this annoucement from Directions Magazine and from Penn State News.    

Tags: GIS, teacher training, mapping, cartography, geospatial, edtech, geography education, unit 1 GeoPrinciples.

Leigha Tew's comment, November 6, 2013 9:41 PM
GIS is redefining mapping skills. In 21st Century education, it is crucial that we communicate GIS literacy in our geography curriculums and classrooms. As a geography teacher it is, therefore, also crucial that I have a thorough and sound knowledge of this field. This course could strongly assist such an understanding as professional development throughout my teaching career.
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Geo-Educator Community

"Join Us at"

The Geo-Educator Community will bring together educators and thought-leaders from different disciplines, age groups, and educational settings, who share a commitment to preparing young people to be successful and responsible citizens of an interconnected world.
If you are passionate about helping your students understand our interconnected world, then you are a geo-educator. National Geographic is currently working alongside other geo-educators to create the Geo-Educator Community.

Join the conversation online: The Geo-Educator Community currently lives on Edmodo. Edmodo is a free and secure educator website which hosts over 28 million teachers and students worldwide.

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Skills for the Digital Earth

Skills for the Digital Earth | Geography Education |

Elmhurst College’s Skills for the Digital Earth MOOC is a 4-week, online course designed to introduce how location technologies are used in society.
Ever stop to think about how important location is when using your smart phone? This educational MOOC begins with an elementary explanation of how society uses location in a myriad of disciplines. Geography, or rather, "where?" is important to all of us from various perspectives.
Within this MOOC, participants will learn what location technologies are used for, how the discipline developed and learn by doing via a series of scaffolded practical exercises. Online spatial software will be employed for any device using a browser which takes users through exercises and real world examples. It is appropriate for those with no prior experience with geographic information systems (GIS) software all the way to advanced users.
Skills for the Digital Earth will incorporate video lectures, interaction opportunities and discussion forums. Each module will feature a quiz and activities, and participants will receive a badge after each completed module to be used to demonstrate skills mastered.

Seth Dixon's insight:

I am very excited about this free MOOC offered through the Elmhurst College Online Center (they also offer the Graduate Certificate Program for AP Human Geography teachers).  The instructor, Dr. Rich Schultz is the Associate Director of the National Geospatial Technologies Center of Excellence.

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#Geography Chat

#Geography Chat | Geography Education |

"This past evening UKEdChat focused on teaching and learning Geography. Aimed at educators teaching Geography at all levels, the session shared ideas, resources, apps, pedagogy, blogs…in fact, anything that supports the teaching and learning process in the subject."

Seth Dixon's insight:

If you haven't ever followed a Twitter chat, they can be incredible sources for teaching ideas, resources, and geographic content.  This last week #UKEdChat's topic was geography and if you missed it, they archived the highlights of the chat here. Consider listening to (and joining in) the conversations on #geographyteacher, #APHG, #sschat and many others. 

steve smith's curator insight, December 1, 2013 3:54 PM

Edchats are a great way to get some PD and start coversations about teaching practice.

follow one or get involved !

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Susan Wegmann's curator insight, December 2, 2013 3:58 PM

Twitter chat compilation  #UKEdChat last week that was on grography.  Also found on #grographyteacher, #APHG, #sschat and others!

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Maps 101: Geography News Network

Maps 101: Geography News Network | Geography Education |

"Introducing Geography News Network. Global culture, science, history and political stories have become a key component of Maps101 through weekly stories and associated lesson plans. This year sees the addition of 5 brand new authors bringing engaging stories from a range of perspectives."

Seth Dixon's insight:

I am delighted to announce that I will be one of the new authors that will be writing for Maps 101's newest educational platform: the Geography News Network.  Many schools and districts across the country have subscriptions to this online service that provides thousands of supplemental materials and lesson plans for geography, earth science, history and social studies teachers.  If your school district does not currently have a subscription, you can sign up for a free trial subscription.

Amélie Silvert's curator insight, September 5, 2013 4:08 PM

Geography into perspective.

Sandy Montoya's comment, September 8, 2013 12:38 PM
I believe it is very important for viewers to watch such channels. You get a chance to learn about other cultures around the world and relate them to themselves and the world around them. It is a great educational site.
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Stanford History Education Group

Stanford History Education Group | Geography Education |
Seth Dixon's insight:

The Stanford History Education Group has amassed some great resources for social studies teachers.  Their chief resources is a program called Reading Like a Historian.  The program has 71 stand-alone lessons for U.S. History organized within 11 units. These lessons span colonial to Cold War America and cover a range of political, social, economic, and cultural topics. They are continuing to expand the Reading Like a Historian program to World History.  Currently there are 15 lessons from across the world history sequence with more lesson plans under development that will be released in the next few months.

Tags: historical, teacher training.

Ann-Laure Liéval's curator insight, August 30, 2013 6:27 AM

Des plans de cours et des documents sur l'histoire des USA et du monde. 

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Political and Economic Geography Presentations

Political and Economic Geography Presentations | Geography Education |

6 conference presentations on various economic and political geography topics given at NCGE 2013 as a part of the APHG strand.

Seth Dixon's insight:

The last two mornings in Denver, CO there was a series of presentations of economic and political geography given in front of a capacity crowd.  6 of the educators have agreed to share the slides of their presentations with the broader geography education community and you can access them all here.  See also this livebinder with resources for teaching APHG to 9th graders (which can be adapted to older students as well).  This was a fantastic professional development event and we are all thankful that they were willing to share these resources.  

Tags: APHG, NCGE, political, economic.

Anhony DeSimone's curator insight, December 19, 2013 9:42 AM

These conference presentations show the importance that geography plays in the roles of both politics and economics. The impact that geography has on economics is a huge one. You could argue that geography is used as a scale in some instances in economics because of the land structure and locating were certain areas are.If you are able to locate certain things or find out where you want to put certain things in a place geography allows you to do so using economics.

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What Does Good Geography Teaching Look Like?

What Does Good Geography Teaching Look Like? | Geography Education |

Seth Dixon, a Rhode Island College geography professor and the coordinator of the RI Geography Education Alliance, gave the keynote address at the Thinking Geographically about International Issues 2013 summer institute, in a talk entitled What Does Good Geography Teaching Look Like?

Seth Dixon's insight:

I was delighted to speak at Brown University this summer as a part of the Choices Program's summer institute.  This is the video of that talk (as well as the hyperlinked slides) that is my modest attempt to tackle such a monumental question in my profession.

Tags: geography educationteacher training.

Alejandro Restrepo's comment, August 4, 2013 12:22 AM
Great work
Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, August 31, 2013 2:25 AM

This is a great video and sa reminder of how we should be approaching our teaching of the Australian Curriculum. 

Jarrod Dodds's curator insight, April 13, 2014 8:49 PM

In this video, Seth Dixon demonstrates a profound knowledge of geographical concepts . More importantly, it's his delivery and approach to teaching those concepts.


Watch this video and respond to the questions.


1) Highlight what methods the professor uses to engage students effectively.


2) Why do you think those methods are important, particularly for the subject of geography?

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What Do We Mean by 'Reading' Maps?

What Do We Mean by 'Reading' Maps? | Geography Education |
The common-core standards present an ambiguous message on how to draw information from maps and charts, Phil Gersmehl says.
Seth Dixon's insight:

Written by Phil Gersmehl, the author of Teaching Geography, this article shows how teachers can read maps to gather contextual information about places in a way that fosters deeper learning.  The Common Core ELA standards emphasize a "close reading," but the examples of reading of maps and charts are often rather superficial.  The National Geographic has recently produced Connections to be a guide for teachers of both geography and English to see how the two are interrelated and to promote geo-literacy for a more profound appreciation for spatial analysis and place-based knowledge.    

TagsEnglish, National Geographic, geography education, spatial, teacher training, mapping.

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Taryn Coxall's curator insight, August 5, 2013 9:38 PM

This is a resource i feel would be relevant to those students who struggle to be egaged in their reading

This can be used on readers on many different level

the reading maps foccus on language arts, Its description is communicated through charts, graphs, and maps intead of normal paragraphs and text

Shelby Porter's comment, September 30, 2013 11:19 AM
I feel the skill of reading a map is very important, but it becoming less prevalent in classrooms. Teachers may find it more difficult to teach and therefore are not going in depth with it. I remember as a child in grade school we would color maps or have to find where the states are. We never were taught how to fully understand the uses of a map and all the different ways they are used and how to read them. It is becoming a lost skill in a world that needs to be more appreciative of geography.
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Choices Program Presentation

What Does Good GeographyTeaching Look Like? Answering the Big Questions in Geography.

Seth Dixon's insight:

I'm presenting today at a summer institute entitled, Thinking Geographically About International Issues for The Choices Program (housed at Brown University).  This is a preview for what will be discussed there.    

Zhanat Shanbatyrova's comment, June 28, 2013 6:11 AM
Thanks a lot for the valuable information!
Jorge Joo Nagata's curator insight, June 28, 2013 11:26 AM

Me encantó la presentación... dice tantas cosas de una disciplina tan querida (e importante) para mi y que debe tener una relevancia primordial ahora más que nunca.

Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, June 28, 2013 3:07 PM
It came from Seth.. take a look at his pages. Awesome things.
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Social Studies Praxis Exam: Geographic Content

"Preparing to Teach Social Studies: Geographic Content for the Praxis Exam."

Seth Dixon's insight:

I know that most of my readers are in-service teachers as opposed to pre-service teachers, but I thought it was still worth sharing.  Several schools have noticed that without geography classes, social studies teachers have difficulty becoming certified without some core geographic content.  As a part of job at the Alliance coordinator for the Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance, I'm giving a workshop tonight at Salve Regina University designed to strengthen pre-service teachers geographic content as outlined on the Praxis Exam.  I have  prepared these materials with that audience in mind, but if there is anything you find useful, please use it or share it with those that could use it (local School of Education, Alliance, etc).  Most of the images in the presentation are hyperlinked to articles, videos and infographics that I have posted here in the past.   Here is the link to the other parts of the test.

TagsRhode Island, training, geography education.

Dean Haakenson's comment, April 19, 2013 2:22 PM
Too bad that many school districts do not teach pure geography courses as well.
Louis Culotta's curator insight, April 27, 2013 11:26 AM

This will be abig help when i have to take that exam...Thanks for the info on it.

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Thinking Geographically About International Issues

Thinking Geographically About International Issues | Geography Education |

"Brown University's Choices Program invites secondary level geography teachers to apply for a 2013 Summer Institute that focuses on using the Choices approach and materials to ask What is Where, Why, and So What?"

Seth Dixon's insight:

Applications for this tremendous Summer Institute are due April 8th and I am very pleased to announce that I'll be one of the presenters there at Brown University.  I hope that many of seriously consider applying.  I look forward to collaborating with all the participants in person (the only cost is travel to and from Providence, RI).  

TagsRhode Island, APHG, training.

Peter Phillips's comment, March 15, 2013 4:31 PM
I like the title "what is where, why and so what?"
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Where is an AP course being taught?

Where is an AP course being taught? | Geography Education |

Where are AP Human Geography courses being taught?  What other schools in nearby districts also teach a certain AP course?  This data has recently be made public (at least it's new to me) so you can find out where classes are being taught.  The actual information for particular teachers is not revealed (for some important privacy issues), but this is still a great starting pointing for local and regional collaboration for teachers.  Also additional link will show you where AP institutes and workshops are going to be held in the future.   

Tags: APHG, training.

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