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.
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News & Notes, Vol. 42, No. 1, 2015 is Now available for download
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Revised Social Studies Standards
State School Board Tables Social Studies Revisions
March 31, 2016
Dear GCSS Member:
Today, the Georgia Board of Education tabled the revised social studies standards. The State Board of Education has recommended that the most recent changes be reviewed by the 3/16/16 committee (along with additional members from previous committees) prior to their vote. This is to ensure transparency of the process. The committee will review the most recent iteration of the standards and make a final recommendation to the Board.
Thank you for contacting members of the State Board of Education. During the discussion at the board meeting this morning, it was clear that board members heard your message and responded accordingly.
We will also watch closely the possibility of making high school U.S. History/American Government/Civics a two-year course. Superintendent Woods had this to say about this possibility.
“We are considering the possibility of making U.S. History a two-year course and blending a study of government and civics within this two-year course. We are also exploring the development of a strong financial literacy course that would integrate a study of personal finance and entrepreneurism. High level implications will have to be taken into consideration in conjunction with policy changes if this option is deemed viable; however, more time was needed for us to explore these options. I did not want teachers to go through the process of preparing new material to meet new standards and then have to go through the process again if changes take place. I apologize if this intent was not effectively communicated.”
Some of the considerations have to do with the impact these changes might have on social studies Advanced Placement courses and social studies electives.
As we get additional information, we will pass it along.
2015 Annual Conference
Retiring GCSS Conference Coordinator Diane Sloan recognized by the Classic Center and GCSS for 11 years of outstanding service.
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.
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