LOUISIANA GEOGRAPHIC EDUCATORS ALLIANCE (LAGEA)
GIS is committed to assisting Louisiana educators of all grade levels and disciplines so that they are well prepared to teach geographic concepts, knowledge, and skills. We offer 4-hour workshops that are designed for a variety of teaching styles and settings. All of our workshops are taught by GISP Certified Instructors and are offered annually in the Spring and Winter. Already we have reached over 35 plus school districts and several hundred teachers have earned their CEU’s through our Teacher PD programs.
MIGHTY MAPS INSTITUTE
A core foundational professional development service to teach educators how to utilize the ArcGIS technology platform. GGI provides coaching, materials and resources to educators on a district wide level to reach critical mass. Our programs and services are designed for K-12 students and educators beginning with teacher PD and lesson plans for 3rd graders. READ MORE
The variety of high school programs, succeed best when GIS has been introduced at an early age. Middle school is an ideal time to incorporate a robust GIS program across curricula content thus helping young minds develop critical thinking, project-based learning and service learning, all strong components of spatial thinking and the multidisciplinary aspect the GIS has to offer.
GGI is dedicated to fostering outreach and education in schools using and applying Geographic Information Systems (GIS technology) and Remote Sensing (RS) science and technologies in real world applications. We have worked with approximately 42 Louisiana school districts and their students, teachers and educators.
GGI has participated in several high school career nights, such as the one held at Lamar Dixon in 2017, where over 1000 students attended and learned about GIS IBCs. In addition, we participated in STEM Day at River Parishes Community College, an event co-sponsored by Girl Scouts Louisiana East. At this event 54 girl scouts experienced a college environment and participated in hands-on activities featuring science, technology, engineering and math, a news release said. Activities included virtual welding, environmental science and geographic information system technology.
In addition to these student-based projects, we have also featured GIS programs at Dutchtown High School and River Parishes Community College. In these venues we teach students how to fly drones and collect data in the field utilizing the Collector for ArcGIS. We look forward to our continued partnership with Ascension Parish and participating in the many opportunities it has offered GGI.
Do you want to know more about how high school students are implementing GIS technology? Read more about how St. Aloysius Catholic School
; St. Thomas Moore, Lafayette
; Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School
; Hammond High Magnet School
; Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation Maps and Apps GIS Summer Program
; the Dutchtown High School
; and River Parishes Community College in Baton Rouge
are teaching students real world applications.
Jumpstart is an innovative career and technical education (CTE) program in Louisiana that teaches students academic content and workplace “soft skills” so that they can earn certifications in high-wage/high-demand career sectors while in high school. With the goal of pursuing future education (in 2- and 4- year colleges) and securing employment, students are required to attain industry-valued credentials in order to graduate with a Career Diploma. The BESE Board recently approved Jump Start 2.0, as part of that approval our GIS Industry-Based Certification was placed in 6 of the 11 Pathways.
Internships are universal courses, they apply to every Jump Start graduation pathway. As part of our Industry Partner relationship we are actively securing Internships in several of WIC-approved high-demand industry sectors such as Information Technology, Transportation and Logistics to name a few. These Internships are identified as Career Development Fund (CDF) Qualifying Internships according to the LA DOE Believes website.