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Educator Network

Our Educator Network provides in-person and online experiences that work at the local and national level. The network connects formal and informal educators to each other and a host of high-quality free or at-cost educational resources.

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Educator Certification Program

Our Educator Certification program equips educators with the resources and training needed to teach students about the world in innovative, interdisciplinary ways.


Grants and Fellowships

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Grants for Educators  

Our grants help educators teach people about the world and how it works, empowering them to make it a better place. Projects may introduce innovative instructional strategies, take proven ideas and scale or adapt them for different audiences, or measure what is working in education and add to the body of knowledge about how people learn.

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Grosvenor Teacher Fellows Program

Grosvenor Teacher Fellows Program  

This professional development opportunity for pre-K-12 educators is made possible by a partnership between Lindblad Expeditions and the National Geographic Society. An annual competitive application process is used to select educators and host them aboard Lindblad Expeditions’ voyages for a life-changing, field-based experience.

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Meet Our Educator Fellows

The Educator Fellows support innovative project development and project leadership, share their expertise on an emerging issue or priority, and help incubate new ideas for geographic education.

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Jim Bentley
Jim Bentley
 
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Jim Bentley is a lifelong student, educator, and filmmaker who empowers kids to make the world a better place by integrating environmental literacy, civic education, and filmmaking with project-based learning. Currently, Bentley teaches 6th grade in Elk Grove, California. His students compose Curiosity Films, a studio making short educational films about things that matter. They have tackled a variety of topics ranging from landscape blight to light pollution, and from household hazardous waste disposal to improving middle school literacy rates. A National Faculty member for the Buck Institute for Education and a Teacher Ambassador for the California Education and the Environment Initiative, Bentley has contributed to books on teacher effectiveness and prosocial education, and he blogs for and consults with numerous edtech organizations and nonprofits. In 2017, he became a Geo-Inquiry Ambassador and was selected to serve as a National Geographic Fellow. Bentley has spent the past two decades exploring big ideas with young people—sometimes leading, sometimes following, yet always recognizing there’s more to learn. Back
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Stephanie Harvey
Stephanie Harvey
 
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Stephanie Harvey has spent more than 40 years teaching and learning about reading and writing. She received her B.A. from the University of Denver and her M.A. from the University of Colorado. After 15 years of regular elementary and special education teaching in Lakewood, Colorado, Harvey became a staff developer for the Denver-based Public Education and Business Coalition, a partnership of leaders from education and business who support innovation in public schools. Her company, Stephanie Harvey Consulting, consults with schools and school districts around the world, implementing literacy initiatives focused on comprehension, collaboration, and inquiry across the curriculum. She is a regular presenter, keynote speaker, and demonstration teacher. Harvey is the author or co-author of a number of books and resources, including “From Striving to Thriving,” “Nonfiction Matters,” “Strategies That Work” (3rd Edition), “Comprehension and Collaboration,” “Connecting Comprehension and Technology,” “The Comprehension Toolkit” series, the “American History” series, and the “National Geographic Ladders” series. She has published articles in Language Arts, Reading Teacher, Ed Leadership, and other educational periodicals. Insatiably curious about student thinking, she is a teacher first and foremost, and she continues to work in schools on a regular basis, savoring any time spent with kids. Back
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Joe Grabowski
Joe Grabowski
 
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Joe Grabowski is an educator and scuba diver working to bring science, exploration, adventure, and conservation into classrooms across North America through virtual speakers and field trips. He is using technology to open the most remote corners of the planet to classrooms. Currently, Grabowski teaches science and math in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He is also the founder of a nonprofit called Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants, which, since 2015, has hosted more than 200 Google Hangouts with leading scientists and explorers from around the world, connecting them with tens of thousands of students. Grabowski was recently selected as a National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow and a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. An avid scuba diver for the past decade, Grabowski has had an incredible series of experiences sinking beneath the waves around the world. Back

Micro-credentials

Micro-credentials are an innovative professional learning opportunity that reward teachers for demonstrating mastery of certain skills in their own classrooms. Through our partnership with Digital Promise, teachers can apply for National Geographic micro-credentials in topics like Geographic Thinking and Service Learning. Teachers will be rewarded with digital badges that are accepted across several platforms.

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