The National Geographic has been building a national network of K-12 teachers, college geographers, educators, school administrators as well as other partners interested in improving geography education since 1986. The Geography Alliances are grassroots organizations that are developing geography education at local, state and national levels.
The primary objective of the Geographic Educators Alliance is to help students realize the importance of geography in an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world. Your local geography alliance can help you get classroom materials, extend your skills through professional development. Contact your State Geographic Alliance for further information.
National Geographic and each State Geographic Alliance has developed educational materials and lesson plans to use in the classroom. National Geographic Education Site has many resources. One interesting site is Google for Educators, they are hosting the Google Geo Teachers Institute this July 2010.
Heinle and National Geographic developed the Footprints Reading Library - that focus on materials to teach the English Language. Their site has a number of teaching tools and resources. Many of the sites have their own free newsletters.
National Geographic also has several great elements on their web site Young Explorers and Forces of Nature.
http://www.mapping.com/alliances.html State Geographic Alliance Sites
http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids National Geographic Kids
http://www.mywonderfulworld.org/ Geography Awareness
http://www.teachearth.com/states/Montana.html Montana Curriculum Materials