GeoMentors: A Showcase of Volunteer Efforts in K-12 Geography Outreach

Type: Panel
Theme: Public Engagement in Geography
Sponsor Groups: Geography Education Specialty Group, Careers and Professional Development
Poster #:
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Studio 1, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Jonathan Wessell, Candice Luebbering
Chairs: Jonathan Wessell


The AAG-Esri GeoMentors program is a growing nationwide network of over 1,600 volunteers who support K-12 schools, clubs, and informal education groups to incorporate geography and GIS in their curricula and activities with students. GeoMentor activities vary widely in subject matter, audience level, technology used, and duration as each community, school, classroom, or group have unique interests and needs that volunteers adapt to fit best. This adaptive approach to engaging a variety of audiences has generated hundreds of unique examples of geography education outreach that can serve as information, inspiration, or content for additional public and school outreach elsewhere. In this session, GeoMentors will share their own volunteer experiences, describing the context (location, audience, and collaborators), content (topic, technology, activity), process (from connecting with schools to developing/implementing activities), and lessons learned. Following the brief presentations, there will be time for participants and attendees, current GeoMentors and potential new GeoMentors, to interact and discuss the program and strategies for geography education outreach.


Type Details Minutes
Introduction Candice Luebbering American Association of Geographers 15
Panelist Joseph Kerski Esri 10
Panelist Katsuhiko Oda University of Southern California 10
Panelist Yichun Xie Eastern Michigan University 10
Panelist Stephen O'Connell University of Central Arkansas 10
Panelist April Morton Oak Ridge National Laboratory 10
Panelist Lain Graham University of Central Florida 10
Discussant Jonathan Wessell Grand Valley State University 20

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