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Joliet West High School Teacher Courtney Barrowman Receives American Geographical Society Awards 2021 Geography Educator GeoBoost Grant

The American Geographical Society (AGS) just announced that Joliet West High School teacher Courtney Barrowman is a recipient of the 2021 Geography Educator GeoBoost Grant to enhance geographic learning among Advanced Placement Human Geography students.  Barrowman is one of only 78 recipients of the 2021 grant.

Barrowman’s $300 award will fund new classroom maps and globes. When asked about her idea to boost her students’ geographic education, Mrs. Barrowman explained, “I will be using the funds to buy an interactive hands-on culminating post AP exam map project. The idea is to have all of my students work together united in one geography task, creating a Lego world map as their academic legacy for future AP Human Geography students.”

The American Geographical Society is a 21st-century learning society dedicated to the advancement of geographic thinking, knowledge, and understanding across business, government, academe, social sectors, and most importantly with teachers and students. Established in 1851, AGS is the oldest professional geographical organization in the United States. It is recognized worldwide as a pioneer in geographical research and education for 170 years. The mission of AGS is to convene a diverse global community of innovators, thinkers, and practitioners; create and curate geographical knowledge, learning and exploration; and advance geographic science and technologies to address society’s challenges and opportunities. The Society maintains its headquarters in New York City.

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