Antioch University Seattle School of Education adjunct faculty Richard Katz was recently selected by the American Geographical Society (AGS) to return to their fall Symposium, the Geography 2050 conference, as a mentor to the 2017-2018 Geography Teacher Fellows. In 2016 Katz was an AGS Geography Teacher Fellow himself, which means he was one of the 50 geography teachers selected to attend the Geography 2050 conference. This year, 27 Geography Teacher Fellows from past years applied to attend this year. Only five of those 27 were selected to return to the conference, and Katz is one of them.
In the letter of congratulations that the AGS sent to Kats to notify him of his selection to return to the Geography 2050 conference, AGS told him, “You and the other four returning Geography Teacher Fellows will have the opportunity to interact with the new class of Geography Teacher Fellows, orient them to the event, and help them take advantage of everything the Symposium and follow-up programs have to offer… Since you have been selected to return to Geography 2050, your registration and all fees connected to the Symposium are covered by a generous grant from Boundless Spatial LLC.”
In the words of the 2016 press release announcing Katz’s initial appointment to the position of AGS Geography Teacher Fellow, the AGS explained “The AGS Fall Symposium is one of the most important and recognized geography/geospatial events in North America during the Fall Semester. Attendees include CEOs and senior executives from preeminent geospatial companies along with leading experts and representatives from government, not-for-profits, and academia.”
This press release also explained, “The Symposium will enable Teacher Fellows to gain valuable cutting edge content knowledge and awareness of the real-world geographic workplace skills demanded by today’s geospatial companies. The Teacher Fellows will have a unique opportunity to interact with, and become one of, the nation’s thought-leaders who are involved in the multi-year dialog about the future of geography.” It also included a quote from Dr. John Konarski, CEO of the American Geographical Society, who said “We are very pleased to be able to have Richard among 50 of the best teachers in the country join us.”
This month, Katz attended the Geography 2050 conference at Columbia University, in New York City. The conference theme was The Future of Mobility.