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GeoCivics: The Politics and Geographies of America’s Electoral System

  • 13 Jun 2022
  • 7:30 AM
  • 15 Jun 2022
  • 5:00 PM
  • University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

GeoCivics: The Politics and Geographies of America’s Electoral System

A Three-Day Summer Institute June 13-15, 2022, CO Springs


Funded bWilliam E. Hewit Institute for History and Social Science Education


Registration: https://forms.gle/bDpEjf5y28AXnmyY8 Please register by April 15, 2022

Who: Secondary Teachers & Pre-service Teachers of Civics, Geography, History, and Math 

When: June 13 - 15, 2021, 7:30 am – 5 pm 

Where: University of Colorado, Colorado Springs


What: Institute provides in-depth, hands-on exposure to historical analysis, spatial thinking, and instructional techniques focused on the challenges of creating fair electoral districts, using Colorado as a case study. Teachers will gain insight into how political scientists, geographers, mathematicians, and public officials engage in conversation about representation in a modern democratic republic. The process of drawing electoral districts is a gateway for discussing geography, demographics, and political systems and an opportunity to introduce your students to the importance of geospatial technology and geographic information systems.

  • Timely professional development focused on misunderstood aspects of electoral policy and history important to all Americans
  • Guidance on using GIS/ArcGIS tools for election issues and any type of problem-based investigation
  • 2 hours of graduate credit from UNC available ($130)
  • Registration, breakfast, lunch, and materials provided
  • Stipend of $500 upon submission of two lesson plans by July 31, 2022; guidelines provided at Institute 


Agenda Includes:

  • Constitutional guidelines and historical changes to redistricting
  • Reapportionment and consequences for the Electoral College 
  • Gerrymandering: race, partisanship, & the role of the judicial system
  • Colorado demographics and 2020 Census data 
  • Seeing electoral districts as a mathematical problem 
  • GIS in education, Esri GeoInquiries, and National Geographic Geo-Inquiry Process
  • Teaching government functions and geographic perspectives in the secondary classroom 
  • GeoCivics activities and resources 
  • Cross-disciplinary ideas for teaching elections and government 
  • Guidelines for teaching contentious issues
  • Guidelines for lesson plans and time to begin lesson-plan creation



  • Dr. Gregory Williams, Dept. of Political Science & Intl. Affairs, University of Northern Colorado
  • Dr. Rebecca Theobald, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, UCCS
  • Dr. Beth Malmskog, Department of Mathematics, Colorado College
  • Dr. Phil Klein, Department of Geography, GIS, and Sustainability, University of Northern Colorado
  • Chris Elnicki, Executive Director, Colorado Center for Civic Learning & Engagement
  • Matt Gottfried, Geospatial Technology Specialist, University of Colorado Colorado Springs
  • Guest speakers include Carlos Perez, CO Independent Legislative Commission, Anton Schulzki, Palmer High School & NCSS President, as well as policymakers, government officials, and community members



Questions? Contact Dr. Phil Klein at phil.klein@unco.edu

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