Described below are sample trainings, events, courses, curricula and lessons that Sara Damon has contributed to, coordinated or authored. Follow links for more detailed information.


Africa in the Classroom 2016

Lead teacher for 4-day University of Minnesota Institute For Global Studies summer institute focused on integrating Africa materials, including interactive GIS maps, into the K-12 curriculum.


Bloomington July 2015 ArcGIS Online Workshop

Lead instructor for 4-day ESRI ConnectEd grant funded workshop focused on getting Bloomington and Minnesota K-12 teachers started with ArcGIS Online.

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MAGE Summer Institute 2015 - Geography, Reading and Geotechnology in the Social Studies Classroom: An Introduction To The Inquiry Based Pedagogy Using Geotechnologies (ADVANCED)

Staff member for Introductory and Advanced Summer Institutes sponsored by the Minnesota Alliance For Geographic Education focused on geospatial technology integration for Middle and High School Geography educators.


GEOFEST Minnesota

Coordinated annual one day workshop sponsored by the Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education (2006-2013). Presentations and exhibits feature free and low-cost options for enhancing geographic education and integrating geotechnologies into the K-12 curriculum. This event has been held annually since 2006, typically attracts 200+ participants, and is considered the premier professional development opportunity for Minnesota's geography educators.


Stillwater Area Public Schools Community Education Breeze and SLICE Programs
“Geocaching” and “GeoTech It! Explore Your World with Geotechnologies”

Taught one and four-day summer program courses introducing elementary and middle school students to hand-held GPS receivers, geocaching and Internet Map and Image Servers.


Firewise Communities: Reducing The Risk of Wildfire
Firewise Program Ignites at Stillwater Junior High School

Wrote curriculum and coordinated teacher trainings (2003-2010) as part of collaborative project between the Minnesota Alliance For Geographic Education, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Firewise Program and local fire departments. Middle and high school students use GIS and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to assess their community for wildfire risk. Recipient of 2002 ING Unsung Heroes Award, 2003 Best Buy Te@ch Grant, 2006 National Council for Geographic Education/Nystrom/CRAM Award and 2006 Minnesota Governor's Council on Geographic Information Governor's Commendation.


GeoTech Minnesota Workshop For Educators

Coordinated one day workshop sponsored by the Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education focused on geotechnology (GeoTech) for educators. Presentations and exhibits featured free and lost-cost options for integrating GIS, GPS and remote sensing into the K-12 curriculum. This event was held in 2004 and 2005 and is now a major strand of the GEOFEST Minnesota event sponsored by MAGE.


Arctic Transect 2004

Authored GIS lessons included in Arctic Transect 2004 curriculum module. Setting out to document arctic climate change, Arctic Transect 2004 expedition members dogsledded the Canadian territory of Nunavut, met Inuit elders and students, explored traditional ecological knowledge and gathered scientific data.


ESRI ArcLessons - U.S. Public Lands and Population Pressures Lesson

Authored ArcLesson in which high school students use ArcView 3.x to explore public lands, population change reflected in the 2000 Census, and potential land use conflicts created. Full lesson available at ESRI's ArcLessons.



2000 ESRI Community Atlas Project (now archived)
2001 ESRI Community Atlas Project (now archived)
2002 ESRI Community Atlas Project (now archived)


In 2001, Stillwater Area High School Human Geography students received the ESRI Community Atlas Model Project Award for "Smart Growth in Action". A map from this project was included on the 2004 Thinking With Maps poster published for subscribing teachers by the Newsweek Education Program.