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


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


2020 GCSS State Social Studies Fair Regional Winners and Directing Teachers!

CLICK HERE to see the online state social studies fair welcome letter and submission instructions information.


The retreat has been rescheduled for June 17-18, 2021 and that we will open registration in the late fall, 2020.




Latest on State and Regional Social Studies Fairs . . .

Regional and State Social Studies Fairs have been postponed to school year 2022-23.

The fairs are funded by the in-person GCSS conference, which will not take place this school year.

We encourage teachers to have students maximize the extra time by stretching out each step of the
process in anticipation of entering thorough, well-developed projects next year. Stay tuned for
suggestions on how that might be done to be posted on this website.

Our directors and judges miss the interaction with the students but look forward to next year!


Statement on Racism

We, the Georgia Council for the Social Studies, stand together with the Black community against racism.  As social studies educators, we have the desire and ability to support causes that work toward racial justice and equality.

Link to the statement from the National Council for the Social Studies.

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In Honor of Congressman John Lewis


In 2014, the Georgia Council for Social Studies was honored to host Representative John Lewis as keynote speaker to our annual state convention.  In his speech that day, Rep. Lewis did not champion his many accomplishments. He did not use the opportunity to campaign. He did not promote a sponsored bill. No. In his speech that day, John Lewis honored not himself, but the selfless work of the teacher. He spoke of the power of a teacher to change a life. He spoke of the power of a teacher to inspire a future. He spoke of the power of education to change the world. It should not surprise anyone that John Lewis would champion the power of education and the teachers who chose ...More

As an affiliate of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) the Georgia Council for the Social Studies agrees with the statement below.

January 7, 2021

NCSS Responds to Assault on Democracy


On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, the United States witnessed a devastating moment which tore at the very fabric binding our nation together. That fabric is the result of values and ideals that have been shaped and retested many times over the past few centuries—sometimes peacefully, sometimes through brutal conflict, and often ...More

2020 Annual Conference

Due to COVID-19 uncertainties, the 2020 face to face GCSS Conference has been replaced with a virtual ...More

2021 Virtual Conference

Coming Soon!

Information about the 2021 GCSS Virtual Conference scheduled for Saturday, November 6, 2021 will soon appear in this space!


2021 GCSS Virtual Conference      

Saturday, November 6, 2021 (8:30-4:00)

Teaching Social Studies in Challenging Times


2020 was a challenging time for all Georgians regardless of the role we played. Heroic educators worked tirelessly to provide normalcy for students despite the challenges. As social studies teachers, we are aware that challenging times have existed in the past and will emerge in the future. Let’s face teaching social studies in challenging times together. GCSS invites you to join us for our annual conference virtually on Saturday, November 6, 2021 from 8:30-4:00. Sessions will be offered for all grade levels and HS content. 


Join us as we continue to learn engaging strategies for all students, pair literacy in the telling of the “stories” to teach social studies content, access instructional resources and virtually network with social studies colleagues as we navigate challenging times. The regular registration fee will be $90.00, $30.00 for students, and $50.00 for retirees which includes access to the virtual conference, GCSS membership and access to four new virtual sessions throughout the 2021-2022 school year plus access to all the 2020-2021 virtual sessions.  


Registration Links:
For additional information, contact:

Pam Knauer (

Gretna Soltis (

Dr. Eddie Bennett (

2021 GCSS Virtual Conference Keynote Speakers

Keynote #1: Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Dr. Karen Korematsu  (8:30-9:30) 

Our conference theme is “Teaching Social Studies in Challenging Times.”  On November 6, we will have the rare opportunity to hear directly the story of desegregating the University of Georgia from Charlayne Hunter-Gault,  along with Fred Korematsu’s story of challenging Japanese internment. We  will hear from both Ms. Hunter-Gault and Dr. Karen Korematsu, Fred’s  daughter, their stories of surmounting those obstacles and learning from  the past. There will be a brief Q & A time at the end of their talks. Let’s keep  their stories of strength and persistence alive in our classrooms. * 


Keynote#2: Christy Hale and Duncan Tonatiuh (12:30-1:30) 

We have all learned firsthand about “Teaching Social Studies in  Challenging Times” in 2021. Join us in this dual author keynote to listen as Christy Hale and Duncan Tonatiuh share the stories they uncovered of  little-known events in the history of school desegregation. Learn about the  Lemon Grove lawsuit in 1931, the first in the U.S., as well as the story of  Sylvia Mendes and her family’s suit in 1946 to expand school access. Both  of these events occurred before Brown v. BOE and help us build a more  layered and complex story to deepen our students’ understanding. There  will be a brief Q & A time at the end of their talks. * 


* Live keynote attendees will be able to receive two free books to use in  their teaching, related to Hunter-Gault, Korematsu, Lemon Grove, and/or  Sylvia Mendes. Books and speakers provided with the support of GaDOE  Social Studies and L4GA Grant, along with the Georgia Center for Civic  Engagement.