MAY 2010

United States Senate Youth Program for 2011

Juniors and Seniors in the upcoming academic year (2010-2011) are eligible to compete in the William Randolph Hearst Foundation's U.S. Senate Youth Program. There are two awards per state. To determine eligibility and background rules and requirements, see the Hearst Foundation's PDF brochure:

In late July or early August, Pennsylvania-specific forms will be posted on the Pennsylvania U.S. Senate Youth Wiki.

Advanced Placement Human Geography Course Offered Online 2010-2011 Academic Year
Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Alliance for Geographic Education

The Pennsylvania Alliance for Geographic Education (PAGE) is pleased to announce a new on-line Advanced Placement Human Geography course available for the 2010-2011 school year. This course is available to students in all school districts in Pennsylvania. Students in grades 9-12 may enroll to take this class.
The tuition for this year-long class is $400.00 per student (the exam fee and 2 textbooks are extra.) An exam score of 3, 4, or 5 (out of a possible 5) enables the student to transfer 3 college credits to the college of their choice that accepts these credits. This course will be taught in an asynchronous format and is ideal for an independent study or an enrichment class!
This course was successfully piloted during the 2009-2010 school year by the Pennsylvania Alliance with the support of a grant from the National Geographic Education Foundation. AP® Human Geography is the fastest growing and newest AP subject according to recent statistics! This is a year-long course for grades 9 through 12 that is designed to meet or exceed the experience of an introductory one-semester college human geography course. The purpose of the course is to utilize geographic processes to systematically study and understand spatial patterns that are evident in the world in which we live.
The course consists of a full academic year broken into units. The main topics of the course are: Geography: Its Nature & Perspectives, Population, Cultural Patterns & Processes, Political Organization of Space, Agricultural & Rural Land Use, Industrialization & Economic Development, and Cities & Urban Land Use. Geographic skills such as using and thinking about maps and spatial data, recognizing and interpreting relationships at different scales, and defining regions are learned in this course. The AP Human Geography course is taught by an experienced public school teacher with a Ph.D. in geography.
Since geography is a spatial science and is learned best by "doing," a combination of required readings, virtual field trips, and hands-on activities make this an exciting and relevant course. On-line video clips, case studies, and other special features make this a diverse and fascinating experience in learning about the world and the people who are its inhabitants. A thorough exam content review as well as extensive practice writing solid FRQ’s provides students with excellent opportunities to be successful in this course.
A limited number of seats will be available. If you are interested in providing your students with this wonderful new opportunity, please contact Dr. Jan Smith, PAGE Coordinator at Shippensburg University, as soon as possible for additional information and to register. Contact:

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