Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance





Rhode Map - Charting the mission of the Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance


20 November 2011


Dear Friends of Geography and RIGEA Members,

Over the past two years, RIGEA has made a commitment and progress to develop and grow as an organization with the guidance and support of the RIGEA Advisory Board, Leadership Team, and NEGEN.  Through NEGEN, New England Geography Education Network, RIGEA forged a regional partnership with the five New England geography alliances.  These changes are in large part attributed to the energy and vision of those involved in the strategic planning with the support of Bob Dulli and Daniel Edelson and many other individuals at National Geographic.

I plan to leave my position as Coordinator at the end of December.  My departure poses a wonderful opportunity during the strategic planning process to address the organization’s vision, mission, and infrastructure and allows NG to continue to examine how Rhode Island will design and implement its future goals.  RIGEA’s Board along with several other RIGEA members are working with Karen Gibbs, NG Liaison, to create a successful transition so RIGEA can realize its mission to develop geography literacy in Rhode Island. 

As these conversations develop, your thoughtful participation is welcome.  Please feel free to send your suggestions and comments to rigea@ric.edu about how RIGEA can support teaching and learning in your classroom in the future.

Thank you so much for your participation and support.


Maria Lawrence, RIGEA Coordinator