Arkansas Teachers Get Geography Lesson

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CONWAY, AR – Geography has been brought back to Arkansas classrooms. All 7th graders will now get a lesson in the science of our world, but since it hadn’t been taught in nearly 10 years, one University of Central Arkansas professor says he wants to do something about that to help Arkansas teachers out. Jeff Allender Chair of the Geography Department at the University of Central Arkansas says teachers need to be brought up to speed.

“Most of them are coming from history degrees or economic degrees if they haven’t taught it or didn’t take it as an undergrad,” said Allender.

That boost will come from Professor Allender and others in the Geography department at UCA. They will hold workshops through the spring and summer at school district across the state for teachers. Allender spent last week in Washington D.C. at National Geographic who will play a major role as well.

“They are going to start to put together all the lesson plans, curriculums, maps the videos, we are going to put these up on a website in the next month or so,” said Allender.

Allender says bringing geography back was the right thing to do, “We live in a big world.”

If any school districts are interested in a lesson in geography contact Jeff Allender at UCA; jeffa@uca.edu or (501) 450-5636.

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