Professional Development Opportunities

 Population Education

Earn professional development hours or university credit with Population Education!

Population Education is excited to announce the launch of its first online professional development course for science and social studies educators of grades 6-12. Discover student-centered learning strategies that use contemporary issues and real-world data to examine the social and environmental impacts of human population and engage in meaningful dialogue with teachers across the world. If you teach Environmental Science, World Geography, Human Geography, Biology/Life Science, World History, or the AP counterparts, this course is perfect for you! The course is asynchronous, which means students can work at their own leisure and pace. There will be online discussion boards, journals and a final project, all built to provide students with meaningful feedback and materials to use within their own classroom.

Teachers can choose to earn one hour of graduate education credit from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) or 45.00 professional development clock hours (4.5 CEUs) for successfully completing the full eight weeks.

Class size will be capped at 30 participants, so don’t wait to sign up. The cost will be $80.00 to earn 4.5 CEUs or $155.00 (for credit) + $80.00 (for CEUs) to earn credit through UMKC.  For more information and to register, visit

Project Learning Tree

PLT is an award-winning, interdisciplinary environmental education program for educators working with students in PreK-12.  PLT offers professional development workshops throughout the year in several locations around the state.  Visit their website for more information.

Project WET

Project WET provides teachers with 15 hour accredited workshops designed to provide hands on, interdisciplinary water education materials and instruction.

Summer Travel Programs for Teachers

“I will talk about these trips all year in my classes. For so many of my students, my description of my travels will be the only exposure they will have to other countries and other ways of life.”– Social studies teacher Michael Baldwin, who’s first time traveling abroad was with GEEO.
Travel the world, earn professional development credit, and bring global understanding into your classroom!
Founded in 2007, Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that has sent over 1300 teachers abroad on adventurous travel programs. With GEEO educators can earn professional development credits while seeing the world. GEEO‘s trips are 7 to 21 days in length and are designed and discounted to be interesting and affordable for teachers. In addition to amazing tour leaders, many of the programs are accompanied by university faculty that are experts on the destination. GEEO also provides teachers educational materials and the structure to help them bring their experiences into the classroom. The trips are open to all nationalities of K-12 and university educators, administrators, retired educators, as well as educators’ guests.
GEEO is offering the following travel programs for 2016: Bali/Lombok, Bangkok to Hanoi, Costa Rica, Eastern Europe, The Galapagos Islands, Iceland, India/Nepal, Southern India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Morocco, Myanmar (Burma), Peruvian Amazon, Peruvian Andes, Portugal/Spain, Heart of the Silk Road, Southern Africa, Turkey, Vietnam/Cambodia, Western Balkans, Morocco (Winter Break), The Philippines (Winter Break) and Mt. Kilimanjaro (Winter Break). The registration deadline is June 1st, but space is limited and many programs will be full well before the deadline.
Detailed information about each trip, including itineraries, costs, travel dates, and more can be found at www.geeo.orgGEEO can be reached 7 days a week, toll-free at 1-877-600-0105 between 9 AM-9 PM EST

The National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) is a non-profit organization, chartered in 1915 to enhance the status and quality of geography teaching and learning. NCGE supports geography teaching at all levels—from kindergarten through university. Our members include U.S. and international teachers, professors, students, businesses, and others who support geography education.

Now in our 101th year, NCGE continues to both promote and celebrate geographic teaching and learning. Our activities include: conducting and gathering research; producing journals and other geography publications; developing curricular resources; providing professional development opportunities; honoring teachers, mentors and researchers; advocating for geography in schools; and organizing an annual conference.

We are committed to ensuring that all students graduate to career and citizenship with the knowledge, perspectives and skills of geography. We strive to support all educators in their desire to create engaging, authentic, inquiry-based learning experiences for students at all levels.

Click for the NCGE 2016-2017 Webinar schedule:

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