Congratulations to MaryAnn Sansonetti-Wood for being invited to the Multi-Alliance Geo-Literacy Leadership Institute. Mrs. Sansonetti-Wood is one of 28 geography teachers and coordinators invited from across the southeast to attend. The Multi-Alliance Geo-Literacy Leadership Institute will bring together alliance teachers and other volunteer leaders from seven alliances (South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisiana and North Carolina) to deepen their understanding of geographic literacy and increase their effectiveness in advocating for geo-literacy on the state level. The five-day institute will take place June 12-17, 2016, at the University of South Carolina. Participants will receive training and practice in geographic literacy, policy advocacy, public relations, and community engagement - and will be expected to develop and implement advocacy plans for their respective state alliances.
All of these alliances are members of the National Geographic Network of Alliances for Geography Education. The Network is a grassroots organization dedicated to supporting geographic education. Alliances are partnerships between university faculty and K-12 educators. These state based organizations connect educators, provide world-class professional development and promote educational innovation at the state and local levels. Since 1986, National Geographic and the Alliances have worked to catalyze geographic education reform across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.