The resources on this page demonstrate the importance of geography education in the United States.

“As the world grows smaller and more interdependent daily, our country’s future absolutely depends on our ability to see the connections between ourselves and our global neighbors.”
—Gilbert M. Grosvenor, Chairman Emeritus

The Teaching Geography is Fundamental Act

The Teaching Geography is Fundamental Act (TGIF) provides funding for teacher professional development in geography—the only core subject that has never received funding through federal education legislation. These resources are used to advocate for TGIF during National Geographic Education Foundation’s annual Hill Day.

Why Teaching Geography is Fundamental: Summary of the importance of K-12 geography education for our nation’s future.

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The Benefits of Geographic Literacy

The Benefits of Geographic Literacy: An overview of the importance of geographic literacy for America’s students.

Make the Case for Geography Education

AAG Resolution Supporting K-12 Geography Education: The Association of American Geographers’ Resolution shows widespread governmental, industry, and non-profit support for K-12 geography education.

Teacher Professional Development Works in Geography Education: A summary of recent research that demonstrates the positive impact that teacher professional development has on student learning in geography.

  • McREL Study: A nationwide study showing that teacher professional development results in significant improvement in student achievement in geography.

Geography Education in the United States: The status of geography education in the United States.


A Road Map for Large-Scale Improvement of K-12 Geography Education: Funded by a 2-year, $2.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the Road Map Project Reports respond to the growing recognition among business leaders and policy makers that Americans lack the critical geographic understanding and reasoning skills that will be required for careers and civic life in the 21st century.

Find Out if Your School is Geography-Ready

Is Your School Geography Ready Assessment Tool: Complete this survey to see how geography-friendly your school is and talk to school leaders, parents, teachers, or educational organizations about steps you can take to increase geography awareness.

Policy Initiatives

The National Geographic Education Foundation works with educators and policymakers to improve geographic education across the United States.