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.



Social Studies Fair info has been updated. CLICK HERE to take a look.


CLICK HERE to Checkout the Canidate Bios for the 2018 GCSS President-Elect

Members, be sure to be on the lookout for an email containing the Ballot.




We are investigating the impact of current testing policies on the classroom time dedicated to science and social studies instruction.  Your feedback is crucial in determining the impact of these policies on our students.  Please participate and provide your thoughtful responses.  The students of Georgia thank you as do we for your assistance in this research.  Go to the GCSS website or Facebook page or to take the survey.


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The Photos for the 2016 Annual Conference are now Online.

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Click Here to Download the 2016 GCSS Annual Conference Program




Registration Services/GCSS
The Classic Center
300 N. Thomas St.
Athens, GA 30601
Make sure you complete a form for EACH teacher if you have multiple attendees.  However, one purchase order can cover them all.
For questions about registration contact via email:  Aimee Cheek at


News & Notes, Vol. 43, No. 1, 2016 (August) is Now available for download

-> Click here to get it.


News & Notes, Vol. 42, No. 1, 2015 is Now available for download

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2018 GCSS Conference Speaker Sarah McGrew

2018 GCSS Conference Speaker, Sarah McGrew, Will be presenting Checklists are Not Enough: New Approaches to Teaching and Assessing Civic Online Reasoning

2018 GCSS Conference Speaker David Palmer

2018 GCSS Conference Speaker, David Palmer, Will be presenting Thinking Through the Lens of Social Studies

The Georgia Social Studies Journal


The Georgia Social Studies Journal is under new editorship… In the days ahead, the journal will assume a new vision, new scope, and new look! Our goal: TIMELY—RELEVANT—ENGAGING!

Please consider submitting a story about a powerful teaching moment, a reflection about a current issue facing social studies teachers, results of an action research project, or a review of a resource you have found exceptionally useful in your practice.

We want to hear from YOU!




The Georgia Social Studies Journal is an internationally recognized, peer-reviewed online journal that aims to foster critical discussion of teaching and learning in PK-16 social studies. We understand social studies to include various disciplinary strands (history, economics, geography, political science) as well as social education (learning about self in relation to others in communities large and small). We invite three types of submissions: Inquiries, Reflections, and Tools. We will also have exciting new features such as Community Voices and Students Speak Up. Stay tuned!

Visit our new and evolving website:

Please contact us with ideas you have… Inaugural issue coming October, 2016!

Jenn James, Editor (

Liz Saylor, Editor (

2015 Annual Conference

Retiring GCSS Conference Coordinator Diane Sloan recognized by the Classic Center and GCSS for 11 years of outstanding service.


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Congressman John Lewis Keynote at Fall Conference

The 2014 GCSS Fall Conference was special for several reasons.  First, this is the 50th anniversary of the GCSS conference.  Second, a large number of teachers from all across Georgia participated in over 100 concurrent sessions as well as visited the exhibit hall filled with social studies resources. Third, several teachers and leaders were recognized for their outstanding work in the area of social studies education.  (Photos of award winners are posted at Awards on our website.)  Last but not least, our very special guest speaker was Congressman John Lewis and his aide and co-author, Andrew Aydin.  Congressman Lewis talked about his role in the civil rights movement and also how that experience led him to write the graphic novel “March”.  Congressman John Lewis was presented the 2014 GCSS Statesman Award the first since 2004 when Representative Louise McBee of Athens received the award.


Photo:  Andrew Aydin, co-author of March, Congressman John Lewis, and GCSS President Tammy Ponder.



2018 GCSS Pre-Conference Flyer 

A Message From The GCSS President David Kendrick

2018 GCSS Conference Registration

2018 GCSS Conference Registration Fees

If you would like further assistance with conference registration, contact Cheryle Potterf at or Pam Knauer at or


Click Here to Download the 2018 GCSS Conference Program

2018 Advertisers Request Form

2018 Exhibit Space Request Form

Top 10 Reasons Whay Social Studies Teachers Should Attend the GCSS Conference

2018 Call For Annual Conference Proposal Forms

2018 GCSS Conference Hotel Information

The cutoff reservation date for all of the 2018 GCSS Conference hotels is September 19th, 2018. Please read the instructions on the Housing Bureau site before booking rooms.

Note the following Athens Housing Bureau guidelines, also:


1.All reservation requests must be made through the Athens CVB via the online housing system

(Meetingmax) if attendees want to utilize the 2018 GCSS Conference rates.

2.Mailed, faxed and phone requests will be accepted only as an alternative if the guest is unable to make his/her reservation online.

3.Only hotels listed on the Housing Bureau website are 2018 GCSS Conference discounted rooms.

4.Rooms are available on a first come-first serve on a space available basis.

5.Loyalty points can be awarded but not redeemed for free rooms.

6.No block codes are needed.

7.Hotels may charge for parking.

8.A block of 20 rooms may be reserved at a time.

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2017 Annual Conference (Archive)

2017 Annual Conference Award Winners

2017 Annual Conference













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2017 Annual Conference Registration Form

Registration has been extended until October 4, 2017

(If any system or individual would like a paper copy of the registration form, contact Pam Knauer at


Join Us in Athens! A Letter from GCSS President Pamela Roach

Top Ten Reasons to Attend the 2017 GCSS Conference

2017 Call For Annual Conference Proposal Forms

2017 Exhibit Space Reservation Form

2017 Request for Advertising Space

2017 Hotel Information




2016 Annual Conference (Archive)

2016  Awards

Chris Cannon - President GCSS; Kim Weston - Social Studies Coordinator, DeKalb County Schools; Jason Butler (DeKalb Early College Academy) Gwen Hutcheson Outstanding Educator; and Eddie Bennett - Executive Director GCSS.


Chris Cannon - GCSS President; Joe Feinberg (Georgia State University) Gwen Hutcheson Outstanding Educator 2016; Eddie Bennett - GCSS Executive Director


Chris Cannon - GCSS President; Jeff Burns (Ola High School) Gwen Hutcheson Outstanding Educator 2016; Eddie Bennett - GCSS Executive Director


Massie Heritage Center, Savannah
Chris Cannon - GCSS President;   Ayela Khuro, Chris Mercer and Rachel Bradshaw of the Massie Heritage Center; and Eddie Bennett - GCSS Executive Director
Chris Cannon - GCSS President; Jesse Evans (Cedar Shoals High School) - Teacher of Promise Award Winner 2016,  and Eddie Bennett - GCSS Executive Director
Chris Cannon, Brittany Upshaw (Peek's Chapel Elementary School) - Teacher of Promise Award Winner 2016; and Eddie Bennett - GCSS Executive Director



Click Here to Download the 2016 GCSS Annual Conference Program






2015 Annual Conference (Archive)




2014 Annual Conference (Archive)

Eddie Bennett and Mary Stakes celebrating with Diane Sloan on her 10th anniversary as GCSS Conference Coordinator


The 2014 annual conference of the Georgia Council for the Social Studies was held Oct. 16-17 at the Athens Classic Center


Download The 2014 Conference Program