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.



The 2019 award winners are online. To take a look here CLICK HERE.


The 2019 annual conference photos are up. CLICK HERE to check them out. 


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. 

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The 2019 GCSS Conference has come and gone. This year’s conference had an attendance of 500 participants attending over 130 sessions for K-12 social studies teachers. Over 55 vendors exhibited their instructional resources. Planning is taking place for the 2020 GCSS Conference on October 22-23, 2020 in Athens. Thank you to all attendees and vendors who completed the survey. The GCSS Board will look at the suggestions to make the 2020 Conference the best ever! See what your colleagues had to say about this year’s conference:


I have been to conferences (other subjects) in the past and this conference was amazing and the educators that I attended sessions were helpful and well-polished.


The variety of vendors and sessions


The sessions were incredibly informative, but I took away so many new things from the exhibitors. I did not realize all that the different museums in our state had to offer in terms of educational outreach.


I loved the app, the access to Edmodo materials, and the keynote speakers.


The Classic Center was fantastic as always, parking was easy; the "check-up" sessions on Friday were great.


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