2014 Friends of Geography 26th Annual Conference
Geography: Food For Thought
Saturday, September 27, 2014

7:30 am – 3:30 pm
Registration/breakfast snacks at 7:30 am

Exhibits Open at 7:30 am
Harris County Department of Education
6300 Irvington Blvd.
Houston, TX 77022


The conference…

  •  Is designed for teachers of geography and geography aficionados
  • Features an expert geographer as keynote speaker and session presenter
  • Includes top notch sessions presented by the best geography educators and geographers this side of the Pecos River
  • Provides exhibits to learn more about geography products and services
  • is centrally located in an easy to reach facility
  • Offers the opportunity for geography educators to learn from each other/ network
  • Includes a free geography share table to exchange curriculum materials
  • Will have sessions for elementary teachers of social studies
  • Will have sessions for middle school teachers of World Cultures
  • Will have sessions for high school teachers of World Geography
  • Will have sessions on the use of technology, activities, and content information
  • Will provide professional development credit
  • Registration forms are located at www.friendsofgeographyhouston.org


FOG 2014 Exhibitor Presenter Form
FOG 2014 Announcement
FOG 2014 Presenter Proposal
FOG Exhibitor 2014
FOG-2014-Registration form (mail in form)
Online Registration and Payment


For questions about registration:

Contact Jennifer Leadbetter      jenniferL85@hotmail.com

For questions about the conference:

Contact Mary Lynn Johnson mljintx@comcast.net or mljohnson@hcde-texas.org


FOGger awarded Texas Social Studies Supervisor of the Year Award!


In March,  Mary Lynn Johnson, FOG’s conference chair was named Texas Social Studies Supervisors Association’s Supervisor of the Year.  Mary Lynn was an early member of FOG and has added her expertise as a geographer, teacher, presenter, organizer and mentor the organization through many roles she has and continues to fill in the organization.  This honor recognizes her numerous contributions promoting excellence in social studies education across the state.  Congratulation!


Recent Conference Downloads


State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR)

The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) will be replacing the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS). At the elementary school level, the structure of the assessments will not differ significantly from the TAKS exams. The rigor of the STAAR End-of-Course (EOC) exams and their importance for high school graduation provide a major difference between these and the TAKS.

The following TEA link identifies the phase-in process for the STAAR/EOC as the high school level TAKS tests are phased out:


This following TEA link contains the most current blueprint for the high school tested subjects as well as the identification of the Readiness and Supporting standards. These standards are crucial for teachers to know and understand as there is a direct correlation between the student expectations in the TEKS and what will be emphasized on the STAAR/EOC:


On behalf of FOG, I wish for you a smooth second semester.  We look forward to seeing you February 19 and September 24!
Laura Ewing

FOG President

Printable FOG Newsletter 01-2011