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US Territories & Regions
2023 GeoCivics Summer Academy


GeoCivics Summer Academy
June 25-30, 2023 / Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands

During the summer of 2023, we will be hosting an exciting place-based educational experience to learn how to include the perspectives and unique history of U.S. Territories in your American history, geography, civics, and government instruction! If selected, you will earn a generous stipend and professional development hours. Via multiple modes of transportation, you will travel to historic locations to explore and meet area experts, deepen your content knowledge of civics, geography, and social studies, as well as strengthen your pedagogical knowledge and skills. Teachers from the US are invited to apply. 

You must be a US citizen, and currently a teacher of record in a U.S. mainland or territory K-12 classroom, and actively teaching social studies or plan to school year 23/24. NOTE:  Social studies teachers are priority, but special considerations will be made to teachers who have English learners in their classroom.

Academy Expectations: *ALL expenses paid by GeoCivics

  • Complete all pre/post surveys and assessments

  • Complete short, self-study modules

  • Attend the summer Academy (requires travel via commercial flights, ferries, and buses)

  • Develop a 3-lesson unit 

  • Present two PD workshops at your school, district, and/or local conferences 

  • Participate in a culminating conference presentation (via Zoom)

QUESTIONS? Contact Dianne at

Academy Benefits: *ALL expenses paid by GeoCivics
Led by a team of content and pedagogical experts, grant staff, and mentors, you will gain the knowledge, strategies, and skills needed to teach about U.S. territories and regions in your classroom! 


  • Receive a $2,500 stipend upon completion

  • Receive funding for teaching supplies

  • Attend a five-day, residential Academy in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands 

  • Belong to the GeoCivics Educator Network

  • Deepen pedagogical and content knowledge

  • Earn professional development hours for course work and Academy


Award Notifications: Feb. 15, 2023
Please note that this is a competitive application process. 

About GeoCivics: The Project's goal is to integrate geography across the social sciences to improve instruction for culturally and linguistically diverse student populations. The Project will support diverse students in both Arizona and across the U.S. by developing a systemic plan to design and implement professional development, digital resources, and GeoCivics lesson plans based on evidence-based strategies to further educate, support and empower K-12 teachers.

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Westward Expansion Through the Lens of Indigenous Peoples
2022 GeoCivics Summer Academy


Last summer, selected K-12 teachers from across the US and Puerto Rico met up in Tulsa, OK to begin a place-based Summer Academy. Working our way back from Tulsa to Arizona by coach and train, we explored important historical sites and museums, met with content experts, and leaders and members from various indigenous nations to deepen and broaden our knowledge of Western Expansion through the lens of indigenous peoples.


This picture is of our first GeoCivics Cohort, staff, and mentors at Northeastern University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. The statue is of Sequoyah, a polymath of the Cherokee Nation who created the Cherokee syllabary. The statue is located on the Northeastern University campus in Tahlequah, OK. The Cohort included teachers from Florida, Michigan, Virginia, Puerto Rico, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Arizona. 

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