What is the Geo-Inquiry Process?

Geo-Inquiry is a process designed to guide educators and students through the phases of asking and answering geographic questions in order to make a difference in the world. The Geo-Inquiry Process consists of five phases—all of which are guided and grounded in geographic concepts, including how to think and see like a geographer exploring the world. (NGS Geo-Inquiry Summer Institute)

The Five Phases of Geo-Inquiry

  1. Ask: Developing Geographic Questions
  2. Collect: Acquiring Geographic Information
  3. Visualize: Organizing and Analyzing Geographic Information
  4. Create: Developing a Geo-Inquiry Story
  5. Act: Geo-Inquiry Stories in Action

The Geo-Inquiry Process

2017 Summer Institute Geo-Inquiry Process Agenda

Location: National Geographic Headquarters-Washington, D.C.

 Dates: June 24th – 28th, 2017

 Participants: Total -106: a team of two from each Alliance 1 social studies or science educator & 1 media/tech specialist

Madison School District Middle School teachers, Sharee Barton and Ryan Durfee joined 104 middle school educators to experience the Geo-Inquiry Process through hands-on simulations around Washington, D.C., June 24th – 28th, 2017.  They completed media training on photography and videography, heard from National Geographic Geographer Alex Tait, collected data on the National Mall, were inspired by the work of National Geographic explorers, and are ready to implement the Geo-Inquiry Process in their classrooms! Each educator team will support Alliances design the 2018 institutes and train educators in their state – please get in touch with your team, they have a lot of great ideas!

This is what our teachers will be doing for their own professional development, their schools and our Idaho Geographic Alliance:

Step One:

Attend the summer institute in its entirety June 24 – 28, 2017.

Step Two:

Complete all 3 phases of Nat Geo Educator Certification by January 31, 2018.

Step Three:

Work with the Alliance to design the Alliance Institute, which will be a locally disseminated version of the Nat Geo Summer Institute, by December 31, 2017.

Attend one session, at minimum, for Alliance Institute participants reflecting on the Geo-Inquiry process by August 1, 2018.

Present on the Geo-Inquiry process at one informational event (ie: conference session, district PD, school PD) August 1, 2018.

Provide ongoing feedback to National Geographic and work with the National Geographic team from June 2017 – August 2018.