Oregon Geographic Alliance receives $200,000 grant to improve K-12 geography education
Author: David Santen, Office of University Communications
Posted: June 25, 2012

(Portland, Ore.) June 25, 2012 —The Oregon Geographic Alliance (OGA) at Portland State University has received a $200,000 grant from the John and Betty Gray Geography Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation to improve geography education in Oregon’s K-12 schools. 

The grant will support OGA’s work in providing professional development programs for teachers, creation and dissemination of educational materials, community outreach and advocacy. 

This includes two summer 2013 institutes for Oregon K-12 teachers (one in Oregon and one at an international location); an annual statewide meeting for geography teachers; grants for teachers for curricular materials and family geography programs; and, the development of a series of teaching materials on “Topics in Oregon Geography.”

The grant comes at an opportune time, says Teresa Bulman, OGA co-coordinator and professor of geography at Portland State. “OGA is at the threshold of expansion. We’ve designed a new strategic plan that will take our community outreach and advocacy for geography education to new levels. We are grateful for the support of the Gray Geography Fund and the Oregon Community Foundation.”

About the Oregon Geographic Alliance (OGA)
OGA is a member of National Geographic’s Network of Alliances for Geographic Education. Its mission is to improve and sustain geography education in Oregon. Since 1986, OGA has offered professional development opportunities for teachers and developed standards-based geography materials with strong Oregon content for classroom use. Its membership reaches into all grade levels and all regions of Oregon. 

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Portland State University | News Release
For Immediate Release (#12-066) 

By: David Santen, Office of University Communications 
Portland State University | 503-725-8765

Source: Teresa Bulman, Oregon Geographic Alliance, PSU Department of Geography | 503-725-3167