Geography for Life: National Geography Standards

Since the fall of 2007, the Geography Education National Implementation Project (GENIP) Standards Content Committee has been reviewing and preparing the second edition of Geography for Life: National Geography Standards. The second edition work is focused on reviewing the Six Essential Elements and 18 Standards with special emphasis on updating the knowledge statements, student performance statements, and exemplars that accompany each of the 18 Standards to clarify both their content and pedagogy. The updated draft document has been reviewed by both academic geographers and cognition and learning science experts. A second round of review will be done by people such as grade level experts including classroom teachers, curriculum developers, and preservice higher education faculty.

The current draft version of Geography for Life, 2nd Edition is now available for public review and comment. The draft contains the updated Standards including brief introductory essays, a section for parents, and a glossary for review. The draft will be available for public comment from June 15th to July 15th. Comments received by July 15, 2009 will be reviewed by the GENIP Standards Content Committee. The draft PDF document can be downloaded from the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) web site ( For more information, please contact Susan Gallagher at

Thank you in advance for your interest in Geography for Life, 2nd Edition project.
The GENIP Standards Content Committee

Susan Gallagher, PhD

Senior Project Manager for Geography Education

Association of American Geographers

1710 Sixteenth Street, NW

Washington, D.C. 20009

voice: 202.234.1450 x147

fax: 202.234.2744

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