Education Foundation Policy Initiative: What You Can Do To Help

Photo: The Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

The Capitol Building, where the U.S. Congress meets in Washington, D.C., is surrounded by government agencies and facilities. This mildly elevated area of land is known as Capitol Hill, or simply "The Hill."

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Geography education is critical to the success of today’s young people and our nation’s future. Efforts that you make to let Congress know that you value high-quality geography instruction in K-12 classrooms will make a difference.

Here’s what you can do to help:

  • Join the public campaign in support of the Teaching Geography is Fundamental Act (TGIF) at In just a few minutes, you can send digital letters to your Legislators in Congress asking for their co-sponsorship of TGIF. TGIF will fund research and innovation in professional development to help ensure that all young people acquire the vital geography skills and experience they need.

  • Meet directly with your Legislators to let them know K-12 geography education is valued by their constituents. Find tips for scheduling meetings and resources for Congressional meetings here.

  • Get involved with your state geography education Alliance. National Geographic’s Network of Alliances for Geographic Education is a grassroots organization dedicated to supporting geographic education. Alliances are partnerships between university faculty and K-12 educators. These state-based organizations connect educators, provide world-class professional development, and promote educational innovation at the state and local levels. Since 1986, National Geographic and the Network of Alliances have worked to catalyze “geo-education” reform across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

Policy Initiatives

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

Geography Education Advocacy Resources

Learn more about the importance of geography education.