The Mission of the Georgia Council for the Social Studies is to advocate for, support, and celebrate the advancement of quality social studies teaching for Georgia students.

The Vision of the Georgia Council for the Social Studies is to prepare students to be knowledgeable, effective decision makers and engaged citizens in a globally interdependent world.



Greetings Social Studies Friends!


It is my honor to invite you to the Georgia Council for the Social Studies annual conference, taking place on Thursday, October 10-Friday, October 11, 2019 at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia.


This invitation represents so much more than a “save the date,” it is an invitation to learn, an invitation to share, an invitation to smile, and an invitation to join your colleagues from across the state in experiencing the joy that comes with attending this conference! This two-day conference is packed full of opportunity to attend expert and practitioner-led sessions where participants will leave with resources and strategies ready for easy implementation in their own classrooms. As always, we will have a robust vendor hall where publishers, organizations, and lovers of social studies gather to provide insight and resources to support your daily instruction and leadership. We look forward to dynamic speakers, engaging mini-sessions, and the heart-warming awards luncheon where we recognize leaders in our field. Finally, we are thrilled to welcome Teaching American History ( to Georgia where they will host a one-day workshop facilitated by award-winning historians. And guess what? Your opportunity to register for this experience is available through your conference registration!


Whether you are new to GCSS, or a longtime member, there is something for everyone and this will be a conference to remember. We hope you will consider joining us in the Classic City and I look forward to learning with you!



Heather MacKenzie, President of GCSS, 2019


2019 Election Bios are online. CLICK HERE to check them out. 

2019 GCSS Keynote Speaker: Dr. Wayne Au

Join Dr. Wayne Au on Friday morning, October 11th at 9:15 in Athena E-I as he speaks about “Insurgent Social Studies for Socially Unjust Times”. Dr. Au is sponsored by the University of Georgia’s Mary Hepburn Lecture Series.

2019 GCSS Keynote Speaker: Ms. Nettie Washington Douglass


Keynote Speaker
Ms. Nettie Washington Douglass
Chairwoman- Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives

New This Year at the 2019 GCSS Conference!!

There will be a vendor Meet and Greet Wednesday night from 6-8 in the Atrium at the Classic Center. This is a great time to visit with vendors. You may even receive some great giveaways!  So if you are arriving in Athens Wednesday night, come to the Classic Center, pick up your conference materials and visit with our vendors. We could not have a conference without them.


2019 Exhibit Space Request Form

2019 Advertisers Space Request Form

2019 Session Proposal Form (Closed for Submission)

2019 Conference Registration Form

2019 GCSS Hotel Information
GCSS has reserved a block of rooms at different hotels in Athens for the 2019 GCSS Conference. The cut-off date for the conference rate is September 17, 2019.
CLICK HERE for 2019 GCSS Conference Hotel Reservations

NEW to the 2019 Annual GCSS Conference!! will be presenting a seminar at the 2019 GCSS Conference on October 10th. The Populists and Progressivesseminar will be (3) 90-minute sessions. There are 30 seats available for the seminar. Participants should register early for the seminar to be guaranteed a seat. Participants should also register for the GCSS Conference which can be done at any time prior to the conference. Click here for additional information and seminar registration. Contact Pam Knauer, GCSS Conference Coordinator at , with additional questions.


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