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.
Resources and Opportunities
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Education Corner: Education That Matters (educationcorner.com)
Georgia Public Broadcasting has a number of resources -- including the Georgia Stories series -- for social studies teachers. Be sure and check them out.
Check out Study Guide Zone -- an online resource developed by Minnesota educators through a grant from the McNamara Educational Trust. Here you'll find a series of free study guides on a variety of standardized tests commonly utilized for admissions, licensing, and educational assessment.
Carla Inman, Literacy Coach at Jerger Elementary in Thomasville City, has created a PowerPoint presentation --Our Constitution--for use in elementary schools.
Want to help students prepare for the Georgia High School Graduatiion Test. Free GHSGT practice test questions are now available online. These and practice questions for dozens of other tests are provided TestPrepReview.com,a free service of a nonprofit group of educators. This website was created to provide free practice test questions for students in a variety of career situations. The site contains a modular approach to learning the content on these exams.
The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Education Program (www.jimmycarter.info/) is a partnership of the Georgia Department of Education, Sumter County Schools, and the National Park Service. It offers online field trip information, offsite programs, and a variety of other resources for teachers and students.
The NoodleHead Network: Real students report the news from on-location and edit films on World Culture and Geography. Segmented videos in countries such as China, Thailand, Vietnam, Russia, India and Ghana talk about the subjects middle school students really want to know about (culture, food, clothing, hobbies, transportation, schools, and a whole lot more). For more information regarding these videos or to obtain a free preview, call 1-800-639-5680 or visit www.noodlehead.com and click on videos.
InspirEd Educators offers comprehensive, creative, thought-provoking units for World Studies and Service-Learning (and this unit also emphasizes research process and preparation for a Social Science Fair). Varied and engaging activities promote critical and creative thinking skills, problem-solving, collaboration, and test-taking skills (for all high-stakes tests, including the CRCT). Written by former Georgia teachers, these units are all correlated to the Georgia QCC's. These units are a find! For information call: 1-866-WE INSPIRE or check out their website at www.inspirededucators.com.
Debating Critical Issues in the Classroom. Choices for the 21st Century Education Project offers supplemental curriculum units for grades 9-12. Units include Areas In Transition, Global Challenges, and Historical Turning Points. Information updated regularly. For detailed summaries of each unit or to place an order online visit www.choices.edu.
Cobblestone Publishing Company Catalog. A variety of books for grades K-9. For prices and subscription information visit www.cobblestonepub.com.
Announcing Poster Education Online. An entire web site full of products. Posters for a variety of topics and age groups. For additional information visit www.postereducation.com.
PBS Videos. Create a more dynamic learning environment with the use of videos. Video collections that explore single topics from a variety of perspectives are now available. For more information call 1-800-344-3337 or visit www.shop.pbs.org/. Connect with the PBS VIDEO by clicking on Video.
MindSparks-Cartoons and Visuals for Creative Learning. Bring History and Social Studies to life. Helps to focus student interest, teach concepts, and spark lively debates. For product information call 1-800-558-2110.
Teaching Social Studies K-12. Heinemann book company offers books published by teachers for teachers. For more information and product listing visit www.heinemann.com.