New grant to support geography education in Oregon
Author: David Santen, Office of University Communications
Posted: May 23, 2013

(Portland, Ore.) May 23, 2013 — The Oregon Geographic Alliance (OGA) at Portland State University will act as fiscal agent and collaborator on a $75,000 grant from the John and Betty Gray Geography Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation. The grant will provide funding to develop an implementation plan to strengthen geography education in Oregon. 

OGA and geography education experts from Western Oregon University, Oregon State University and University of Oregon have formed a partnership to design and implement a plan that will improve geography education in Oregon’s K-12 schools through professional development, materials development, community outreach, and advocacy. The goal of the group is to lay the groundwork for Oregon high school graduates to achieve geographic literacy by the year 2025. 

About the Oregon Geographic Alliance (OGA)
The mission of the Oregon Geographic Alliance is to improve and sustain geography education in Oregon. OGA is a member of National Geographic’s Network of Alliances for Geographic Education. 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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News Release (PR-13-053)
For Immediate release

David Santen,, 503-725-8765
PSU Office of University Communications

Teresa Bulman,, 503-725-3167

Oregon Geographic Alliance