Vicki Phillips is an educational consultant dedicated to engaging and amplifying educator voices. She has held leadership positions across the country—at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and Portland (Oregon) Public Schools. Phillips was recently a keynote speaker at the National Geographic Education Summit, where we had a chance to speak with her. This interview has been edited and condensed. … Continue reading Meet Vicki Phillips
We’re slowing down for the summer! Instead of our usual roundup of “This Day in Geographic History” (TDIGH) events, here’s a closer look at one historic event that connects to something in the news today. We’ve also matched it with a map or visual, background information, and additional resources. Friday, June 23 TDIGH: Title IX The 1972 law prohibiting gender discrimination in federally funded educational … Continue reading This Week in Geographic History: Title IX
POLITICS Here are 11 things you need to know about the new Secretary of Education. (Cosmopolitan) How will DeVos and the Trump administration navigate U.S. “education deserts”? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Betsy DeVos is a billionaire. She inherited millions from her father, who founded an auto-parts manufacturing company that was bought by Johnson … Continue reading Who is Betsy DeVos?
What did you learn this week? Let us know in the comments or at firstname.lastname@example.org. This week, we learned … … that breakfast is not the most important meal of the day. … how a secret forest grew without anyone noticing. … that railway stations are the architecture of democracy, and airports are just out-of-town sheds. … how Silicon Valley is reimagining … Continue reading 12 Things We Learned This Week!
EDUCATION Nearly three-quarters of eighth-graders tested below proficient in geography on the Nation’s Report Card. Now a new study suggests some reasons why. (U.S. News and World Report) The new government report relied heavily on our own Road Map Project—click here to learn more about the road map for large-scale improvement of K-12 geography education. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources … Continue reading Why are U.S. Students Bad at Geography?