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The Road Map Project

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The Road Map Project brings together experts in geography, education, and research to chart a course for the large-scale improvement of K-12 geography education in the U.S.
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Some great educators and geographers have collaborated to design a "road map" for the future of geography education.  This is their report.


Tag: National Geographic, geography education.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 22, 2013 2:47 PM

Some great educators and geographers have collaborated to design a "road map" for the future of geography education.  This is their report.


Tag: National Geographic, geography education.

Angela Antle's curator insight, February 23, 2013 9:31 AM

Ocean maps - National geographic

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News, resources and professional development for the Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance http://rigea.org
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RIGEA

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The Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance (RIGEA) is commited to promoting geographic education and geo-literacy in the Ocean State.  You can join the Alliance for free to receive newsletters and updates. We encourage you to visit our main website as well as our various social media profiles.

 

RIGEA Sites: Main Website, Facebook Page, Twitter.

Important Contacts:

To talk to the Alliance Coordinator, you can email Seth Dixon.  If you need to contact our Administrative Assistant, you can email atibbetts@ric.edu.

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November APHG Workshop

November APHG Workshop | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

At our last GeoFest, it was suggested we have an APHG-specific Saturday morning conference/sharing/networking get together.  Nov 4th, at 9am-12pm, we’ll hold that event at Rhode Island College’s Gaige Hall room 200. We’ll have breakfast (coffee, egg muffins, fruit OJ) at 9am and lunch after 12pm (pizza, cookies, and chips) available.  Connecticut and Massachusetts APHG teachers are also invited to join us.  Please RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/XPDz2CAFx4TXzNwv1

 

WHAT: APHG Workshop
WHEN: Nov 4th, 2017, 9am-12pm
WHERE: Rhode Island College, Gaige Hall, Room 200

NOTICE: This event was previously planned for Nov. 11th, but is now officially on for Nov 4th. 

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Why Children Still Need to Read (and Draw) Maps

Why Children Still Need to Read (and Draw) Maps | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it
While many skills have become obsolete in the digital age, map reading remains an important tool for building children's spatial reasoning skills and helping them make sense of our world.
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Young people need to develop a mental map of their environs and an over-reliance on GPS/mapping apps are no substitute.  When these youth become drivers, they are unprepared to make spatially/navigational decisions because they lack map reading skills.  They might think that their apps can do all the work and that an old fashioned paper map is outdated technology, but their spatial thinking skills become atrophied. Spatial skills are crucial for understanding the world as a global citizen, to understand your local environs and for making scientific discoveries.  So teach a kid how to read a map...the sooner the better. 

 

Tagseducation, K12geography educationspatial, mapping.

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See, drawing them IS helpful.
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Smallest state goes ‘giant’ with interactive map for students

Smallest state goes ‘giant’ with interactive map for students | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

The smallest state seemed larger for students at Northern Lincoln Elementary School, after a giant, interactive map of Rhode Island, equipped with QR codes, was delivered to the school.

Margaret Rock, a 5th-grade teacher at Northern, explained that the map, which measures 16 feet by 24 feet, was loaned to the school by the Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance, and classes had the opportunity recently to use the “traveling map,” which makes its rounds through Rhode Island schools, for two weeks.

While Rhode Island is tiny, Rock explained, she hoped this map and associated QR codes showed students “there really is a lot outside Lincoln and Manville,” inspired them to travel and encouraged their families to travel with them to different areas of the state. Each grade was able to use the map, Rock explained, and teachers selected different instructional activities appropriate for their students’ ages.

The map came with a trunk of additional materials, she said, including copies of the book “Rhode Island – The Ocean State” by Donald D’Amato, inflatable globes, geography and social studies picture vocabulary cards, a Rhode Island flag and other items, such as small traffic cones, scavenger hunt cards, bingo chips and a binder with organized lesson plans and more information for teachers.  Having these visuals and hands-on experience, Rock said, will boost students’ understanding of not only their specific location, but where they are in relation to other regions of Rhode Island.

“Sometimes people think with GPS, you don’t need maps anymore, but you really do,” the 5th-grade teacher explained.

Students in her class dove into geography lessons, analyzing physical, political and cultural maps, as well as time zone maps and specific area charts that outline landmarks in Washington, D.C.

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Why geography matters for students now more than ever

Why geography matters for students now more than ever | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it
Students need to know human geography; they need to understand the relationships that exist between cultures.
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This is one more example of me preaching to the choir, but I hope that this will arm you with resources to use in discussions with administrators and colleagues in the fight against geographic ignorance.  This is a great article to put into my new tag of article that discuss why geography matters.   

 

Tagseducation, K12geography education, geography matters.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 5, 11:30 AM

This is more example of me preaching to the choir, but I hope that this will arm you with resources to use in discussions with administrators and colleagues in the fight against geographic ignorance.  This is a great article to put into my new tag of article that discuss why geography matters.   

 

Tagseducation, K12geography education, geography matters.

Brandon Fourie's curator insight, May 23, 5:58 AM
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Syria's war: Who is fighting and why [Updated]

"After four-plus years of fighting, Syria's war has killed at least hundreds of thousands of people and displaced millions. And, though it started as a civil war, it's become much more than that. It's a proxy war that has divided much of the Middle East, and has drawn in both Russia and the United States. To understand how Syria got to this place, it helps to start at the beginning and watch it unfold."

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Over a year ago I posted a previous version of this video highlighting the complexities behind the Syrian war.  Much has happened since then and this updated version adds more detail and includes a very helpful timeline to show how more internal and external forces became involved in the fighting.  This is an incredibly complicated geopolitical situation because of all the regional and international players involved.  

 

TagsSyria, war, conflict, political, geopolitics.

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Reagan Stiles's curator insight, April 16, 8:49 PM
This article relates to human geography because we have been discussing what causes tension and problems between ethnicities. My opinion on the video is that we need to make more statements to show we are involved in the war and that we can have justice.
Kaleigh Thompson's curator insight, April 21, 1:27 PM
This article is related to Human Geography because in class we have been discussing what causes problems between ethnic groups. In my opinion the video is that we should do more, makes more statements and show that we are involved in the war and that we also can have justice like everyone else 
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Unit 4 - War, Nationality, Stateless Nations, Terrorism 
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Map Center: in PVD

Map Center: in PVD | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

"Do You LOVE Maps? Or do you just need one – FAST? You have found the original amazing storeful (in Providence, RI) of maps, globes, atlases, charts, and accessories for travel, recreational, decorative, academic and business use.

We are best known nowadays for pinboard maps and magnetic maps that are attentively handcrafted from quality materials. Plus, we stock the greatest selection of map tacks and pins, plain and fancy."

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Have you ever walked into this treasure on the East Side of Providence?  Giving the economic models today, a store specializing in paper maps is not destined to stick around forever and I recommend checking it out.  The alliance is working with them to find great local mapping resources into more schools. 

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2017 Summer Institute in Washington D.C.

2017 Summer Institute in Washington D.C. | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

The Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance will be selecting two middle school educators (Grades 6-8) to attend an all-expense paid summer workshop at National Geographic Society’s headquarters in Washington, DC, June 24-28, 2017.  Both educators should teach at the same school and apply as one team with one application.  One teacher must be science or social studies, the other must be the school librarian/media/technology specialist (this person must work with students on a regular basis).

 

The summer professional development institute focuses on the “Geo-Inquiry” Process and how to integrate this process in the teaching of middle school social studies or science.  Rhode Island will be sending a 2-person teacher team to attend the summer institute.  Each teacher will receive a $600 stipend for: participating in the summer institute; attending webinars during the 2017-18 academic year; working closely with the Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance to develop an in-state workshop to be held in 2017-2018; and presenting the Geo-Inquiry process at a conference or regional professional development event.

To apply, please complete linked application form below for your school-based team (2 educators).  Please submit your applications by Wednesday April 5th, 2017 and the selected teachers will be contacted by Monday April 10th.

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Understanding Islam for the Classroom

Understanding Islam for the Classroom | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

"This seminar will provide a brief history of Islam, a review of its teachings, current politics, and a list of local resources for teachers. PDPs are available (email arlene.kowal@elms.edu for specifics) and Elms students are welcome. Materials and resources provided, and lunch is included. Presenters are Todd Lewis, professor of world religions at College of the Holy Cross; Martin Pion, professor of religious studies at Elms College; and Michael Butler, associate professor, Department of Political Science, Clark University. This seminar is geared toward middle and high school teachers; registration fee is $25, lunch is provided."

 

Saturday, April 1, 2017
Faculty Dining Room, Mary Dooley College Center, Elms College

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2017 Giant Asia Map

2017 Giant Asia Map | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

"This year, we will be receiving the Giant Map of Asia which comes with an excellent set of resources.  The world’s oceans are so much more than just the empty spaces between land…and this map brings that to life.  This trunk with lessons and materials can show you how to interactively teach, explore, learn and play with this specific map as a part of your curriculum. This map will soon be coming to Rhode Island; it will be available for schools and teachers to use from March 7th to April 9th." 

SCHEDULING THE MAP:

For those interested, please send your request to Amy Tibbetts (atibbetts@ric.edu

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Creating RI's Wind Farm

Creating RI's Wind Farm | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

"Today, to the southeast of Block Island, there are five new structures rising from the ocean. These are the towers of the Block Island Wind Farm, the first offshore wind energy installation in the United States. The turbines will generate 30 megawatts of energy; providing electricity to 17,000 households on Block Island and coastal Rhode Island (McCann, 2016), and replacing the diesel generators that previously powered the town New Shoreham."

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One of the overriding, major take-home points of this ESRI StoryMap, is that a project of this scale, scope, and magnitude requires geographic data across many disciplines (to see the largest off-shore wind farm in the world, click here).

 

Tags: mapping, Rhode IslandESRIStoryMap, GISresources, water, coastalenergy, environment depend.

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RI Map Competition

RI Map Competition | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

As a part of a national map competition sponsored by ESRI, Rhode Island is having it's own statewide map competition for students.  All Rhode Island public, private, or home-schooled students (grades 4-12) are eligible to enter the contest. Maps can be submitted individually or as a team of two students. Limit of one entry per student or team.

Challenge: Your challenge is to create an original Rhode Island based map on a topic of interest or concern to you. The area mapped can range from the entire state to a smaller area, like a county or city. As an ESRI competition, you must use ArcGIS Online to create your original map.  See the promotional flyer here and access more information on the competition website. 

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To help draw business, a state looks back to its 1636 roots

To help draw business, a state looks back to its 1636 roots | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it
Tax credits. Lower cost of living. Restaurants and beaches. And don't forget Roger Williams and his experiment in protecting everyone's liberty of conscience.

One of Colonial America's most important freethinkers has a new role as a marketing tool for the place he settled 380 years ago.

Rhode Island started out as a refuge for dissidents experimenting with revolutionary ideas that formed the backbone of U.S. democracy. Now, the tiny state is invoking its roots to draw and retain educated young people searching for a community that matches their ideals.

"Young people want to live in a place that's tolerant and diverse and inclusive," Gov. Gina Raimondo said during an interview at the Roger Williams National Memorial , which commemorates the minister and his advocacy for individual freedom. "This is part of who we are. It's not a fad or something temporary. It's ingrained in who we are as Rhode Islanders."

The Democratic governor views those principles through the lens of economic development. When PayPal announced it was halting plans to open a North Carolina branch because of that state's law blocking transgender people from using the bathroom of their choice, she called up the San Jose, California-based company and asked it to move to Rhode Island instead. Her appeal included a reference to the founding ideas of Williams' colony.
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November Professional Development Opportunities

November Professional Development Opportunities | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

There are some great opportunities right around the corner in November—there is something for everyone so I hope you find the professional development opportunity that is right for you.

 

  1. AP Human Geography workshop-November 4th at Rhode Island College.  I’m extra excited about this one since all participants will receive APHG test prep materials, atlases, supplemental reading materials and a thumb drive loaded with materials.  Please come prepared to share.
  2. GIS Educator’s Day-November 5th in Newport.  I’ve made a deal for RIGEA members to have their conference registration for this event paid for by the alliance (normally $100).  This meeting travels around the northeast and we are incredibly fortunate to have it in Rhode Island this year.  To get you registration fees waived, please email Lyn Malone at lmalone@worldviewsgis.com.
  3. Looking at Geography–November 18th, 8:30am-1:30pm Bridgewater State University.  Hosted by SEMAGNET, see more details here.
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Proposed Wickford playground would give fun a historic spin

Proposed Wickford playground would give fun a historic spin | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it
North Kingstown's historian is raising funds to make a "destination" playground, laid out like a giant map with structures mimicking the Wickford Light, the Hussey Bridge, Smith's Castle and other icons of the seaside village.
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A spatial perspective can make a boring proposal much more accessible to a wider audience.

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Fall NEARC

Fall NEARC | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it
The 2017 Fall NEARC Conference will be held Sunday, November 5 - Wednesday, November 8 at the Newport Marriott in Newport, Rhode Island. The preliminary conference schedule is now available to review. Mark your calendar and join our mailing list to receive notifications as more information becomes available. Download the postcard to share with a colleague
NEARC is not just for the GIS faithful. Yes, NEARC is for GIS practitioners, but NEARC is for anyone who wants to see the value GIS technology brings to their own environment and the world. This conference is very valuable for new users as well as those who have been using GIS for many years.
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The GIS Educators day is always a treat--and it's so close to home this year!!  I hope you all consider attending.  If you are interested in getting a "scholarship" for the conference attendance fee for GIS Educators Day, let me (Seth Dixon) know!  Email Lyn Malone (lmalone @ worldviewsgis.com) if you are interested in presenting.   

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2017 Fall GeoFest

2017 Fall GeoFest | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

The Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance is very excited to announce that on Saturday, September 9th, 2017, we will be having a Fall GeoFest conference at the Whispering Pines Conference Center (an incredibly beautiful location!).

 

We are looking forward to a tremendous slate of speakers and presenters; featuring experts on the geography of coffee, veterans of AP Human Geography, and many more.  Alliance T-shirts, books, map giveaways, great dining—all in a beautiful location amidst great colleagues.  There will be more details forthcoming, but in the meantime, please mark your calendars and invite colleagues to join us!  REGISTER HERE to reserve your spot at the event.

 

Date: September 9, 2017
Time: 9am-3pm
Location: Whispering Pines Conference Center
URI W. Alton Jones Campus
401 Victory Highway
West Greenwich, RI  02817

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Water Is Life

Hundreds of thousands of refugees have fled South Sudan to escape the civil war. When they arrive in Uganda, water is what they need most. Without it, they will die.
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Next to nothing in this video will make you happy about the way things operate for refugees in Northern Uganda who have fled from South Sudan.  We all know the about the dire conditions that refugees face, but knowing about the specifics, and hearing stories from the refugees about their lives and living conditions is powerful.  A huge influx of refugees can tax local resources, especially water.  Food can be shipped in, but water a much more locally variable resource.   The UN refugee camps recommend at least 15 liters of water per person be made available each day, but often it is more like 4-8 liters in these camps.  Dedicated wells (or boreholes) are more effective, but costly.  Trucking in water from the Nile River is the preferred method to simply keep these drowning people’s heads above water.    

 

Questions to Ponder: Consider how much water you drink, use for cooking, bathing, etc. per day in your household.  How difficult would it be to live on 4 liters of water a day?  What about your lifestyle would be changed? 

 

TagsAfrica, development, Uganda, South Sudan, migrationrefugees, environment, water,  environment depend, sustainability, resources.

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Next to nothing in this video will make you happy about the way things operate for refugees in Northern Uganda who have fled from South Sudan.  We all know the about the dire conditions that refugees face, but knowing about the specifics, and hearing stories from the refugees about their lives and living conditions is powerful.  A huge influx of refugees can tax local resources, especially water.  Food can be shipped in, but water a much more locally variable resource.   The UN refugee camps recommend at least 15 liters of water per person be made available each day, but often it is more like 4-8 liters in these camps.  Dedicated wells (or boreholes) are more effective, but costly.  Trucking in water from the Nile River is the preferred method to simply keep these drowning people’s heads above water.    

 

Questions to Ponder: Consider how much water you drink, use for cooking, bathing, etc. per day in your household.  How difficult would it be to live on 4 liters of water a day?  What about your lifestyle would be changed? 

 

TagsAfrica, development, Uganda, South Sudan, migrationrefugees, environment, waterenvironment depend, sustainability, resources.

Ivan Ius's curator insight, April 8, 11:49 PM
Geographic Thinking Concepts: Interrelationships; Geographic Perspective;
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How Clean is Narragansett Bay?

How Clean is Narragansett Bay? | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

"The progress in Rhode Island toward clean water owes a lot to this federal law. Seeing urban rivers and the beaches and coves of the upper bay rediscovered as natural assets for wildlife and people to enjoy is one of the great successes of the Clean Water Act [of 1972]."

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This article from geographer Mary Grady shows a pleasant story in the human and environmental interaction.  The upper bay (that in-between place where the Providence River widens and becomes part of the Narragansett Bay) has been cleaned up and has ecologically been revitalized and is becoming an asset to the community again.  It is far from pristine, but it nice to read about encouraging signs on this front.  


Tagsurban, watercoastal, urban ecology, Rhode Island.

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Application for National Geographic Summer Workshop

Application for National Geographic Summer Workshop | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it
Basic Information about the NatGeo Summer Workshop
When: June 24-28
Where: Washington, DC
Who is eligible:
-teams of 2 middle school educators
-both must be from same school
-1 should be a science/social studies teacher and 1 should be in the role of a library, media, or technology specialist
-agree to 1 year commitment with Nat Geo with deliverables
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The RI Geography Education Alliance is very excited to offer this opportunity to a team of middle school teachers to go to Washington D.C. and be at National Geographic headquarters (trust me, it's an amazing experience being there--one I wish every teacher could have).  Please consider applying with someone else at your school.   

 

Each teacher will receive a $600 stipend for: participating in the summer institute; attending webinars during the 2017-18 academic year; working closely with the Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance to develop an in-state workshop to be held in 2017-2018; and presenting the Geo-Inquiry process at a conference or regional professional development event.

To apply, please complete linked application form below for your school-based team (2 educators).  Please submit your applications by Wednesday April 5th, 2017 and the selected teachers will be contacted by Monday April 10th.

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National Geographic Grant Programs

National Geographic Grant Programs | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it
We invest in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, conservation, education, and storytelling. Our goal is to identify, cultivate, and develop the world-changers of today and tomorrow. Our grant recipients are—and have always been—the heart and soul of what we do.
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National Geographic grants aren’t just for explorers who are tracking lions, saving whales, or are deep in the Amazon.  The National Geographic Society is encouraging K-12 educators to apply for grants.  What are they looking for?  Creative teaching plans/strategies that:

  1. Address NatGeo goals/priorities
  2. Engaging ideas
  3. Evidence of capability
  4. Sound methodology
  5. Active, experiential, authentic learning
  6. Compelling story!

Can YOU become a National Geographic Grantee and become an emerging educational explorer? Absolutely.        

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National Geographic Educator Certification

National Geographic Educator Certification | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it
Join a professional development program for K-12 educators inspiring the next generation of explorers, conservationists, and global citizens.
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Does the idea of becoming a National Geographic certified educator sound like something you would like to include on your resume?  Would you like greater access to NatGeo resources and to collaborate with like-minded educators across the country?  This fantastic program is open to all educators (not just Geographers with a capital G) at all grade levels. 

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2017 Rhode Island State Bee

2017 Rhode Island State Bee | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

"All National Geographic State Bees will be held on Friday, March 31, 2017 at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center.  The Rhode Island State Bee’s opening ceremony begins at 1:30pm with the final round starting at 5pm.  The Rhode Island champion will qualify to compete in the National Geographic Bee Championship to be held at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., May 15-17, 2017."  

 

Scottish Rite Masonic Center

2115 Broad Street

Cranston, RI  02905

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RI Giant Map Lesson Plans

RI Giant Map Lesson Plans | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

I am excited to see the full kit that National Geographic and Alliance leaders have put together.  There are some fun lessons and plenty of room to individualize the activities and be as creative as you want to be.  Here are some of files to explain the supplemental materials that are in the trunk (besides the map of course!). 

I hope you enjoy bringing the map to your school!!  Please email atibbetts@ric.edu to get the map to your school.

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Providence area sees biggest shift away from manufacturing jobs in US

Providence area sees biggest shift away from manufacturing jobs in US | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it
The share of local workers with jobs in manufacturing plunged from 40% in 1980 to 11% in 2014, a Fed researcher reports.

 

A new study illustrates just how drastically employment has plunged in Rhode Island’s historic industrial base over recent decades. Since 1980, the Providence metropolitan area has experienced the largest shift in the country away from manufacturing jobs and into work requiring college degrees, according to a paper by Stephan Whitaker, a research economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. “In 1980, 40% of workers in the Providence metro area worked in manufacturing and 25% worked in degree-intensive fields,” Whitaker writes. “By 2014, manufacturing had dropped to just 11%, and degree-intensive jobs had risen to 47%.”

 

Tags: urbanindustrymanufacturinglabor, economic, Rhode Island.

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Educational Resources - Roger Williams Initiative

Educational Resources - Roger Williams Initiative | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it
Resources about Roger Williams and his teachings to establish a sense of place, awareness, and pride for all Rhode Islanders.

 

Explore our collection of resources organized by topic areas related to Roger Williams's life and teachings. View essays, videos, galleries, educational activities, lesson plans, or discussion starters in each of the topic areas below.

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