The GeoCivics Project: Westward Expansion Summer Academy

MCC faculty members
MCC PARTICIPANTS pictured from left to right:
Brian Dille, Ph.D. Residential Faculty - Political Science
Tawn Hauptli, Ed.D. Residential Faculty - Education Studies
Niccole Villa Cerveny, Ph.D. Residential Faculty - Geography & Sustainability
Sam Stevens, Manager of American Indian Institute and Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach

GeoCivics, a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education to the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at ASU, recently awarded its first cohort to the Westward Expansion Summer Academy. Bringing crucial support to the program was a diverse group of MCC faculty and staff.

The project’s goal is to integrate geography across the social sciences and improve the instruction of diverse student populations. Across Arizona and the nation, GeoCivics uses a systemic approach to help support, educate, and empower K-12 teachers.

Awardees were selected from a highly competitive applicant pool of K-12 teachers throughout the U.S. Numerous factors contributed to their selection, including experience teaching social studies, geographic diversity, and work performed with underrepresented populations.

Award recipients earned professional development hours issued by the Fulton Teachers College, a GeoCivics Educator Certificate, and were provided a $2,500 stipend. GeoCivics also covered expenses for the six day learning experience.

Mural of Black Wall Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma