The Tennessee Geographic Alliance has chosen Jefferson Middle School teachers Brian Smith and John Beard of Oak Ridge Schools to represent Tennessee at a special training session at the headquarters of the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C., from June 24-28.
The purpose of the Summer Institute is to train educators on the Geo-Inquiry Process, which involves the following phases:
- Developing Scientific and Geographic Questions,
- Acquiring Scientific and Geographic Information,
- Organizing and Analyzing Scientific and Geographic Information,
- Developing Scientific and Geographic Stories, and
- Sharing Scientific and Geographic Stories.
Smith and Beard will join 48 other educators representing each state of the union to develop a library of Geo-Inquiries on a variety of subjects that can be shared across the nationwide National Geographic Society Network of Alliances for Geographic Education and to train their peers in using the process effectively in science and geography classrooms.
This press release is courtesy of Kurt Butefish, coordinator of Tennessee Geographic Alliance.