Geospatial Niagara is incredibly proud to announce the completely FREE TO ATTEND – Geospatial Niagara – Geographic Education Town Hall Meeting.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 6:00 – 9:00 pm ((( Doors open at 5:30 pm)))
Laura Secord Secondary School – James H. Smith Performing Arts Theatre
349 Niagara Street, St. Catharines, ON
RSVP tickets are available from our Eventbrite Page – Password to access the event is geoniagara
Students – Submit any geography career questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter #NiaGeoEd
This Town Hall Meeting is coinciding with Brock University’s hosting of Congress 2014 of the Humanities and Social Sciences – May 24-30, 2014. As part of this conference, the Canadian Association of Geographers and the Canadian Cartographic Association are holding their annual meetings from May 26 – May 30.
As the founder and executive director of Geospatial Niagara as well as a Fellow in the Royal Canadian Geographic Association, it was imperative that the opportunity presented by an event of this magnitude be capitalized on to move forward and promote the St. John’s Declaration and the Advancement of Geographic Education in Canada. Holding this discussion will fulfill the five tenets of the Declaration:
- inspire Canadians to value geography and spatial thinking;
- promote geography as a discipline that integrates the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities;
- provide leadership in geographic education across Canada
- enhance support for geographic educators and;
- support geographic education research.
The venue is significant to me personally as it is here that my passion for geography was ignited by the dedicated geography teachers that I had – Mr. Poloniato, Mr. Cleve and Mr. Smith.
Our goal for this Town Hall is to engage students in Grades 7-12, their parents/guardians and educators to;
- raise awareness of the St. John’s Declaration across Niagara
- promote the importance of a geographic education across the District School Board of Niagara and the Niagara Catholic District School Board
- provide insight to attendees as to the career paths available with a geographic education
- answer questions posed by the attendees with regards to a geographic education
- be the spark that ignites a passion in students to be part of the talent pool that will create and attract a geospatial technology/information cluster to Niagara.
Current panelists include:
Dr. Brent Hall MNZIS, FRCGS Director of Education and Research – ESRI Canada
Jonathan Fletcher Program Leader in Canadian and World Studies – Port Colborne High School, Vice President of Communications – OAGEE
Mark Lowry – Geography and Spatial Technologies Instructional Leader Social World Studies and Humanities – Toronto District School Board
We look forward to seeing you there! Stay tuned for more updates.