Courses, Workshops & Institutes

Current Offerings

State Giant Traveling Map Summer Institute

A chance to explore National Geographic's Giant Traveling Maps and how to use them in the classroom and become a part of the National Geographic Certified Educators community. This is a new program that launched in the fall of 2015 and is available by invitation only. Please read the information on the link above and contact us immediately at

National Geographic Educator Certification

In October 2016, National Geographic will offer a one-day Train the Trainer Workshop for Alliance-nominated K-12 teachers at National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, DC. Teachers completing this training will receive National Geographic Educator Certification as trainers who can offer Phase 1 workshops on behalf of their Alliance. The Montana Geographic Alliance does not yet have a certified trainer. We are seeking one strong Alliance teacher who is good at conducting in-person workshops. MGA will cover the teacher's travel and hotel stay, as well as a $200 stipend. More information on the date and logistics will be provided in the near future. Interested teachers should contact MGA as soon as possible at

Annual Offerings

Teachers Teaching Teachers GIS (T3G) Institute

T3G is a professional development event for educators and education influencers who help other educators learn why and how to use GIS. Through modeling, practice, discussion, and networking, participants boost their skills in teaching with computers, in problem-based learning, in conducting professional development, and in using GIS. The six-day Institute typically occurs each July at Esri, Inc. headquarters in Redlands, CA.

Past Montana Summer Geography Institutes

MGA holds Summer Geography Institutes in Montana and overseas. In 2012, 14 educators spent 4 days in Havre, Montana and the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation studying the Cultural Geography of North-Central Montana. See our slideshow below!

See the locations of other past Montana-based summer institutes.

See the locations of past international MGA summer institutes.