The Fall E-Newsletter from OGA
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Ohio Geographic Alliance
Fall, 2015
OGA Re-launch, Summer/Fall 2015
During the summer of 2015, OGA re-launched our web site, providing Ohio’s teaching community with a portal to geography resources, lessons, and geography-related news. This re-launch is accompanied by a re-commitment to providing teachers with timely, high-quality activities and professional development opportunities on a regular basis. Visit us at and watch this site expand and continue to grow through 2016.
Dr. W. Randy Smith remains as the OGA Alliance Coordinator and he has been joined by Dan Langen to assist with Alliance planning and to handle the day-to-day work of the Alliance. You are welcome to contact Dan with questions and OGA requests at  or 614-292-8939
The Ohio Geographic Alliance Website has been fully redesigned to provide you with up-to-date information about programs and links to effective resources. Feel free to suggest addtional information for the website to

Calling a new generation of Teacher Consultants

OGA has a history of empowering effective, self-motivated teachers in Ohio who have a specific interest in geography education. Many of the first generation teacher consultants are now retiring from K-12 teaching, so we are seeking additional teachers who would like to develop and deliver professional development opportunities to their peers. OGA will provide training , resources, and support. If you are interested in exploring this leadership role, please fill out the OGA Leadership nomination form and provide references. We will follow up with you in November or December. Nomination form:

Major 2015-16 Planned Activities

  • Alliance Steering Committee meetings
  • 2 seminars for social studies methods faculty
  • Planning Meeting for a new generation of Teacher Consultants to plan additional activities for schools and teachers
  • Develop Ohio-specific lesson plans for upper elementary grade social studies classes
  • Deliver e-Newsletters and a dynamic web site
  • Host at least 3 BioBlitz! field activities in Spring of 2016
  • Geography Bee – The Ohio qualifier to the annual NGS geographic knowledge competition
  • Geography Awareness Week
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