Faculty member accepts national geographic literacy award

thumb_LisaZagumnyLisa ZagumnyTennessee Tech University's Lisa Zagumny accepts a national award next month for her work developing a geographic literacy program that integrates the geography of Muslims and Islam into middle school social studies classes.

The award comes from the National Council for the Social Studies, the largest association in the country devoted solely to social studies education.

Zagumny, a curriculum and instruction associate professor in TTU's College of Education, said the 2009 NCSS Grant for the Enhancement of Geographic Literacy provided her and three co-presenters the opportunity to develop a March 12 workshop at the Tennessee Council for the Social Studies. The co-presenters were current and former College of Education graduate students Melissa Creek, Abir El Daba and Amanda Richey.

"The objective of our program was to integrate the geography of Muslims and Islam into middle school social studies and to equip middle school social studies teachers with authentic multicultural tools to enhance geographic literacy in their classrooms and curriculum," Zagumny said.

The award covered conference registration for 20 participants, lesson plans and supplemental materials. The award is co-sponsored by Nystrom Herff Jones Inc., a publisher of maps, globes and atlases.

The NCSS awards receptions takes place next month at the NCSS's 90th annual conference in Denver.