Teaching with Maps Annual Fund Campaign 2021-2022

30% of $30,000 goal
This campaign ended on March 31, 2022, but you can still make a gift to University of Southern Maine by clicking here!

As one of only a few totally free field trip opportunities for K-12 students in Southern Maine, the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education at USM is, for many local students, one of their earliest experiences with a cultural institution and historic archive. 

Integrating maps and globes into the K-12 curriculum can help learners to think critically about their world and the ways that the world—including its landforms, inhabitants, and resources—can be represented. Although they are artifacts of the past, maps and globes, and the worldviews presented within them, provide students with opportunities to examine their own values and beliefs, thus impacting the future far beyond the maker's original intentions.

Your gift to the Teaching with Maps Annual Fund Campaign makes an immediate impact and supports our highly engaging and interactive field trips and activities, including:

-Mapmaking and globe making supplies for K-12 students
-Classroom Map Posters and Globes
-Geography and Social Studies book grants for local K-12 educators
-Transportation grants to the map library for local school districts
-Large-format map kits to loan to K-12 classrooms
-Small-format map kits to mail to K-12 classrooms in Maine and beyond
-K-12 Teacher workshop materials and stipends
-Curriculum Development
-Middle and High School "Teaching with Maps" Fellowships for Educators
-Scholarships for High School "World-builders" 

What teachers are saying:

“Students loved the mix of questions ranging from recall to critical thinking to creative thinking! Students felt successful going into the more complex topics and were willing to take risks and really consider the way maps are biased.”

“The material aligns with our school curriculum, the activity is engaging online, and the educator was kind and informative.”

“I would highly recommend the presentation because it was engaging, provided many ways for students to participate, and offered students a great deal of positive feedback."

“It was great! Students were engaged. They loved the interactive part.”

“Great presentations--engaging and directly tied to our content.”

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