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.
Top Ten Reasons to Send Social Studies Teachers to the GCSS Conference
1. There are major revisions to the social studies standards and the GCSS conference is THE ONLY place where teachers can meet and interact face to face with teachers, professionals, and consultants that worked on the revisions.
2. There will be specific training Friday afternoon dedicated to the changes in the curriculum that will not be offered anywhere else.
3. This is the state's only Social Studies conference and there are ample opportunities for networking and instruction in pedagogy, assessment, and technology.
4. Two great keynote speakers: Thursday afternoon- Dr. Jan Reyes, GADOE Assessment Department and Friday morning, Dr. Beth Rubin, Rutgers University, speaking about “What Social Studies Makes Possible”
5. The lack of testing in 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 7th has nothing to do with having quality instruction in those grade levels and teachers still need support and opportunities to learn effective instructional practices in these grades.
6. The conference can provide teachers with training that can meet their professional learning goals.
7. The 3rd and 4th grade curricula are going to be significantly different beginning in 2017 and teachers need to be prepared.
8. Nine breakout sessions including a late Thursday afternoon session for teachers arriving Thursday morning which makes the best use of system funds.
9. Teachers can meet with vendors that can provide resources to support the GSE revisions.
10. This is a great opportunity for teachers to network with other social studies professionals.
Georgia Council for the Social Studies Annual Fall Conference
The Classic Center, Athens
October 13 7 14, 2016
To Register: www.gcss.net