Exploring the Geo-Inquiry Process

A National Geographic Certification Workshop

What is Geo-Inquiry?

The Geo-Inquiry Process relies on using a geographic perspective, offering a unique lens to analyze space, place, and the interconnections between both the human and natural world.


Using both a geographic perspective and the Geo-Inquiry Process students begin to connect complex components, see patterns, and make connections that change their communities.

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Workshop Details

Three Geo-Inquiry workshops for Illinois middle school educators will be offered in Summer 2018, each covering similar content. Thanks to a grant from the National Geographic Society Education Foundation, there is no fee to participate in the workshops; however, space is limited. The workshops are geared towards middle school social studies teachers, middle school science teachers, and middle school teacher librarians/media specialists. Each workshop will have a specific theme and will include a field work component in the outdoors.


Workshop locations and dates:


  • Moline, IL (June 14-15, 2018)
  • Normal, IL (June 18-19, 2018)
  • Chicago, IL (July 23-24, 2018)


Participating teachers will receive a $150 stipend for successful completion of the workshop. In addition, Professional Development hours (formerly referred to as CPDUs) will be provided for Illinois K-12 in-service teachers who participate in the entire workshop. Participants will cover their own travel expenses, however, a limited number of travel grants are available to participants traveling from long distances to a workshop. Please contact Amy Bloom (ambloom@ilstu.edu) or John Kostelnick (jkostelnick@ilstu.edu) for more information about a travel grant.


Graduate credit at a reduced rate ($150 total for 2 credits) is available through the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) for the Moline, IL, workshop only. Please contact Amy Bloom (ambloom@ilstu.edu) or John Kostelnick (jkostelnick@ilstu.edu) for more information if you intend to seek graduate credit through UNI.

Geo-Inquiry Workshop (Moline)

Thursday, June 14th, 8am to Friday, June 15th, 4pm

17624 Route 84 North

East Moline, IL

Geo-Inquiry Workshop (Normal)

Monday, June 18th, 8am to Tuesday, June 19th, 4pm

100 North University Street

Normal, IL

Geo-Inquiry Workshop (Chicago)

Monday, July 23rd, 8am to Tuesday, July 24th, 3:30pm

5500 Saint Louis Avenue

Chicago, IL

Who Should Apply?

Do you believe in empowering students to think like explorers? In building geographic competency across disciplines? In inspiring students to be global thinkers who can change the world? If so, join the company of other National Geographic Educators.


Workshop priority will be given to middle school social studies teachers, middle school science teachers, and middle school teacher librarians/media specialists. However, elementary, high school, and other educators are encouraged to apply and will be invited to attend as space permits.


The National Geographic Certification Program inspires educators to teach students about the world in innovative and interdisciplinary ways. The program provides professional recognition and development; builds connections and develops a community of like-minded educators with access to resources and perks from National Geographic.

Registration Links

The Geo-Inquiry Process workshops are proudly sponsored by the Illinois Geographic Alliance in conjunction with our partners the Geographic Society of Chicago and the Geographic Alliance of Iowa.

Dedicated to the Teaching of Geography in the State of Illinois

The mission of the Illinois Geographic Alliance is the promotion and enhancement of geographic knowledge in the schools and among the general populace of Illinois. To achieve this purpose, the Alliance maintains a strong grassroots organization of geographic educators from schools and universities, participates in educational reform at the district, state, and national levels. We engage in an active program of preservice and inservice teacher education, develop curriculum materials based on the National Geography Standards, and foster public awareness of the importance of geography in our society.