Special Achievement in GIS Award

2017 SAG Award Winners

Minnesota Department of Education and Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education

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Project Goal

To infuse the teaching of the principles and applications of GIS to elementary and secondary school curriculum throughout the state of Minnesota
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Business Problem Solved

Initially we established a set of graduation requirements in geography that expect middle and high school students to use GIS in the analysis of a local problem. We then secured a statewide site license from Esri (prior to K-12 ConnectED) so that all schools would have access to GIS software. MAGE has offered a variety of professional development opportunities for teachers interested in GIS, including Saturday workshops, GeoFest (annual conference) and incorporating GIS in summer institutes. Since 2014 the Minnesota Department of Education and MN GIS/LIS Consortium have partnered in providing over 70 K12 GIS teacher workshops and five grant-funded multi-day workshops. We also began an annual “Educator Day” at the GIS/LIS Consortium October conference. In 2016 we launched a statewide middle and high school GIS map competition. This has been a huge hit with students and has served as a prototype for the current Esri sponsored National GIS mapping contest. Next step: K-12 1-stop website.

Technology Implemented

ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Online

Development Team Biography

Scott Freburg M.S. T3G14, GIS Administrator at Minnesota Department of Education; Leads coordination of statewide K12 GIS projects, workshops and geo-mentors

David A Lanegran Ph.D., Coordinator of Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education and John S Holl Professor of Geography Macalester College, St. Paul, MN

Sara Damon M.A., Geography teacher Stillwater High School, Stillwater Minnesota; Has designed/delivered GIS K-12 development since 2001

Jessica Winkelaar Ph.D., T3G13, Minnesota's Social Studies Specialist and is on the MAGE Steering Committee; she organizes and facilitates ArcGIS Online educator workshops across Minnesota

Stacey Stark MS-GISP, Director of the Geospatial Analysis Center at the University of Minnesota-Duluth; Involved in GIS analysis for regional sustainability applications, land-use planning and hazard mitigation; GIS/LIS Consortium member, chairing Education Committee

James Hanson M.A., Coordinator of Talented and Gifted Program Bloomington Public Schools

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