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National Teacher Leadership Academy (NTLA)

NG Education’s Signature Professional Development Program

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The National Teacher Leadership Academy (NTLA) provides intensive, high-quality professional development for practicing teachers who are selected for their potential to become state and national-level leaders for the transformation of geographic education. This two-year program enables teachers to develop their own teaching skills, become members of a tight-knit professional community, and prepares them to deliver professional development and serve as mentors to other teachers in their home communities.

In the NTLA model, teachers attend one-week, residential institutes in two successive summers, with ongoing participation in online professional communities during the academic years. During the first academic year, teachers practice and reflect upon what they have learned. In the second summer, teachers return for a program focusing on teacher leadership. In this institute, they learn and practice the facilitation of professional development, mentoring, and coaching, in the context of the content and pedagogy that was the focus of their first year. During year two and beyond, they utilize these teacher leadership skills by providing professional development in their own schools, districts, or states through conferences, workshops, and ongoing communities of practice.

National Teacher Leadership Academies: Oceans

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    Marine Ecology, Human Impacts, & Conservation

    The content for the National Teacher Leadership Academies on oceans centers on a unit of instruction for teachers to incorporate within their high school biology curriculum to teach students about marine ecology, human impacts on the ocean, and ocean conservation.


2010-2011 Professional Development Institute
In July of 2010, sixty high school biology teachers participated in a week-long institute at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, CA to learn the Marine Ecology, Human Impacts, & Conservation unit of instruction. Participants then implemented the unit in their classrooms during the 2010-2011 year, providing feedback to NG and communicating with colleagues via an online community. In July of 2011, these teachers gathered at NGS headquarters in Washington, D.C. for a week-long intensive experience designed to teach them how to conduct transformational professional development workshops in their own states.


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    Teachers in the Field

    Watch this video for highlights from the 2010 summer institute of the National Teacher Leadership Academy program.

National Teacher Leadership Academies: Europe

  • Beyond Borders: Using Maps to Understand European Physical and Cultural Landscapes

    The content for the National Teacher Leadership Academies on Europe centers on a unit of instruction about Europe. This unit was designed to be used by teachers and students in Grades 6-8 in a geography, history, or social studies class. The materials guide teachers and students to use maps to think about how borders intersect physical and human geographical features, and how those intersections can lead to cooperation and/or conflict. The unit is not intended to cover an entire course in European physical and human geography; instead, the goal is to help students develop 21st century skills and see maps as tools for understanding our world, using European examples and case studies.


2008-2009 Professional Development Institute
In July of 2008, teachers whose courses include geography, social studies, and history participated in a week-long institute at NGS headquarters to learn the Beyond Borders unit of instruction. Participants then implemented the unit in their classrooms during the 2008-2009 year, providing feedback to NG and communicating with colleagues via an online community. In the summer of 2009, this same group of teachers traveled to Chicago, IL for a two-day intensive experience designed to teach them how to conduct transformational professional development workshops in their own states.


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Other Professional Development Opportunities

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    Network of Alliances for Geographic Education

    Geography Education Alliances connect K-12 teachers with university faculty, offering professional development opportunities and promoting improvements in geographic education at state and local levels.

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    Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program

    This professional development opportunity engages current K-12 educators in finding new ways to bring geographic awareness and ocean stewardship to their classrooms or informal learning environments through a field-based experience.

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