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.



Latest on State and Regional Social Studies Fairs . . .

Regional and State Social Studies Fairs have been postponed to school year 2021-22.

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!




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


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 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. 

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 teaching as their career.  The child of sharecroppers, John Lewis overcame many obstacles to make it to school every day. The school he attended was not meant to raise leaders; it was meant to meet the minimum standards for schooling as provided by laws meant to separate but never equalize.  However, within those walls, John Lewis was given the tools needed to change his own life. He was inspired to dream of a future for himself beyond the fields of the farm. He was empowered to believe that not only could he have that dream but that he could help others achieve that dream, as well. As we know, John Lewis would accomplish all those things. In his speech in 2014, John Lewis revealed that the secret of his success lay within the walls of that small schoolhouse and within the heart of his teacher. Let us never forget the power we have as educators. Let us never forget that every child, regardless of obstacles placed in their life, has a leader within them. Somewhere in your class this year is the next John Lewis. Now, maybe more than ever, let us be ready. 

Tammy Ponder, Past President, GCSS

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.

Scroll through the list of NCSS Notable Tradebooks for books that are about or relate to racism.

2020 GCSS Virtual Sessions

In lieu of the annual GCSS Conference, GCSS members will have access to a series of virtual social studies opportunities including:

  • Author talks
  • Seminars
  • Virtual Sessions with teaching tips and resources
  • Eyewitnesses to History
  • Virtual mini-conference

Join/renew GCSS for $40.00 to receive access to over 15 events beginning August 11, 2020. Click here to join GCSS for the 2020-2021 school year. When you join GCSS, you will receive virtual session registration information and after you register for a session, you will receive a meeting link to attend the session. You can attend as many sessions as you wish.

All sessions will be held on Tuesday/Wednesday night at 7:30 PM. Most sessions will be recorded for later viewing. See below for session information.


Please Click Here to Checkout the Session Schedule

Please Click Here to Download the Sessions Flyer


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