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How to Become a Registered User
Teachers interested in becoming a registered user and accessing the MAGE Geography Assessment Website must first attend a Links to Geoliteracy workshop conducted by the MAGE Geoliteracy team.

Links to Geoliteracy:  Meeting the Minnesota High School Geography Standards Workshop
Brief Overview:  Workshop attendees are given direction on how to integrate the new Minnesota High School Geography Standards into a course.  Attendees will also review each standard and benchmark and discuss what each means and what key concepts must be taught in order to achieve Geoliteracy. Vocabulary lists, lessons/activities, and assessments examples will be provided for each standard. Resources such as textbooks and websites will be presented. At the conclusion of the workshop, attendees will  be given the opportunity to become a registered user of the Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education’s (MAGE) assessment website.  The website contains all vocabulary lists, activities/lessons, and assessments for the following:  Unit 1 (Introduction), Agricultural, Cultural, Economic, Environmental, Human, Political, Population and Urban. The website will continually be updated with new materials throughout the year.

To arrange for a Links to Geoliteracy Workshop to come to your school or district, or to inquire if there is an upcoming workshop scheduled in your area, contact Sharon Shelerud at

About the Geoliteracy Team

About the Geoliteracy Team
Sharon Shelerud has been on the MAGE Steering Committee for over twenty years. She is currently the chair of MAGE’s high school Geoliteracy Committee and co chair of MAGE’s Implementation of the Minnesota Standards Committee. She has been a classroom teacher in the Burnsville School District for 30 years and has been very involved in creating the high school Human Geography course and AP Human Geography course. She currently writes a column for the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) on how to effectively teach AP Human Geography to 9th graders.  She has presented numerous times at MCSS, Geofest and the National Council for Geographic Education Conference.

Cindi Patten has been a classroom teacher at Litchfield High School in Litchfield, Minnesota for twelve years.  She currently teaches ninth grade World Geography and a Human Geography course to upperclassmen for college credit through the University of Minnesota – Duluth.  She has also taught AP Human Geography for six years through Northern Star Online.  Through her work at MAGE, she has presented at numerous GEOFEST conferences, volunteered for the Minnesota Geography Bee, and wrote lessons for the MN Department of Agriculture’s Food for Thought Mapping Curriculum.  Cindi has been an Advanced Placement Human Geography Exam Reader.  She is a member of the National Council for the Geographic Education and presented at their national conference in Savannah in September of 2010.

Lisa Sanders has been a member of the MAGE Steering Committee since 2007. She is currently a member of MAGE’s Implementation of the Minnesota Standards Committee. Lisa has taught World History, Psychology and AP/RCC Human Geography in the Austin Public School District for the past 15 years. She has also been a reader and table leader for the past three years at the AP Human Geography reading. She has presented at MCSS and MAGE’s Geofest regarding various topics in the study of geography.

Kelly Swanson teaches AP Human Geography at Johnson Senior High School in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He authored the Kaplan AP Human Geography Guide and works on the standing committees for the National Assessment in Educational Progress – Geography (NAEP) and Praxis Geography exam as well as the Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education.  Kelly serves as a Lead Table Leader for the AP Human Geography readings and has been a reader for the exam for the previous decade. In addition to his work at the high school level, Kelly is a community faculty member at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul teaching the Introduction to Geography course.  In 1997, Kelly was one of 50 teachers to establish the curriculum for the AP Human Geography Course and his course syllabus was published in the first College Board Acorn Guide for teaching AP Human Geography.