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Big Cats Initiative at South Hamilton Elementary

Posted on February 20, 2015

GAI Coordinator, Dr. Alex Oberle, and Undergraduate Research Assistant, Mollie Ullestad, traveled to South Hamilton Elementary (Jewell, IA) with UNI's mascots, TC and TK, to spread awareness about National Geographic's Big Cats Initiative. South Hamilton students are participating in a reading week with the theme "Save the Big Cats", and the 5th grade is doing a research project about environmental conservation and endangered species, including big cats.

UNI Undergraduates Represent the GAI at NCSS- Boston

Posted on December 8, 2014

UNI undergraduate Social Science Education students, Blair Miller, Sibyl Cox, and Mollie Ullestad presented their INSPIRE-related curricular materials at the 2014 National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference in Boston, MA in November. Along with Dr. Alex Oberle, they co-presented a poster describing how to integrate high-altitude ballooning, a text set, and lesson plans into the classroom. They met with geography educators from around the country, and shared their lesson plans and classroom ideas. 

Big Cat Week

Posted on December 2, 2014

Big Cat Week

November 28-December 5, 2014 is Nat Geo WILD's Big Cat Week. Its a week totally dedicated to the world's big cats- lions, tigers, cheetahs, panthers, etc. These beautiful and powerful creatures are rapidly facing extinction. Big Cat Week provides stunning and powerful stories from around the world, and allows viewers to share in the triumphs, defeats, and struggles of our planet's big cats. 

Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education directors visit Iowa

Posted on July 21, 2014

The GAI hosted Dr. Dick Boehm and Dr. Carmen Brysch from the Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education (Texas State University).  Dr. Boehm and Dr. Brysch co-led sessions at the inaugural IA Department of Education "Best Practices in Social Studies Institute" in Des Moines.  Institute topics included "Teaching With the Stars" and on-line mapping. 

GAI/MISIC co-host workshop to integrate geography and literacy for grade 7-12 teachers

Posted on July 21, 2014

The GAI co-hosted a geography/literacy workshop at North Polk HS with the Mid-Iowa School Improvement Consortium (MISIC).  The workshop provided the resources and expertise to develop a model "text set" that links geography content with the Common Core E/LA.  Model text sets will be posted on the GAI site in the coming months and examples include US westward expansion and evaluating Brazil's World Cup and Olympic investments considering the nation's socioeconomic gap.

TC is Supporting the Big Cats Initiative

Posted on April 15, 2014

UNI's beloved mascot, "TC", fully supports National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative! Big Cats is an action committed to saving lions, tigers, panthers (like "TC"), leopards, jaguars, and other big cats in the wild. The goal of the initiative is the long-term survival of big cats by reducing threats, such as poaching and snaring, keeping the peace between cats and local farmers, and community outreach and engagement.

UNI Undergraduates Represent the GAI at NCSS- St. Louis

Posted on April 15, 2014

UNI undergraduate Social Science Education/History students, Annalee Hollingsworth, Jennifer Jorgensen, and Sydney White presented their INSPIRE-related curricular materials in November 2013 at the National Council for the Social Studies conference in St. Louis, MO.  Along with Dr. Alex Oberle, they co-presented a poster describing high-altitude ballooning and related lesson plans that focused on the use of aerial photography in relation to economic geography (Cedar Falls, IA); geopolitics/immigration (Lukeville, AZ and Sonoyta, Mexico); and rural decline (Shannon City, IA).

UNI Undergraduates Represent the GAI at NCGE-Denver

Posted on January 7, 2014

UNI undergraduate Social Science Education students, Alyssa Holt and Mollie Ullestad, presented their INSPIRE-related curricular materials on August 3, 2013, at the National Council for Geography Education conference in Denver, CO.  In conjunction with their INSPIRE professor, Dr. Alex Oberle, Alyssa and Mollie presented a poster describing the INSPIRE program, as well as two lesson plans they created in relation to using High-Altitude Ballooning in secondary education.

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