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 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. 


Greetings Social Studies Friends!


It is my honor to invite you to the Georgia Council for the Social Studies annual conference, taking place on Thursday, October 10-Friday, October 11, 2019 at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia.


This invitation represents so much more than a “save the date,” it is an invitation to learn, an invitation to share, an invitation to smile, and an invitation to join your colleagues from across the state in experiencing the joy that comes with attending this conference! This two-day conference is packed full of opportunity to attend expert and practitioner-led sessions where participants will leave with resources and strategies ready for easy implementation in their own classrooms. As always, we will have a robust vendor hall where publishers, organizations, and lovers of social studies gather to provide insight and resources to support your daily instruction and leadership. We look forward to dynamic speakers, engaging mini-sessions, and the heart-warming awards luncheon where we recognize leaders in our field. Finally, we are thrilled to welcome Teaching American History ( to Georgia where they will host a one-day workshop facilitated by award-winning historians. And guess what? Your opportunity to register for this experience is available through your conference registration!


Whether you are new to GCSS, or a longtime member, there is something for everyone and this will be a conference to remember. We hope you will consider joining us in the Classic City and I look forward to learning with you!



Heather MacKenzie, President of GCSS, 2019


2019 Election Bios are online. CLICK HERE to check them out. 

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.

Due to COVID-19 uncertainties, the 2020 GCSS Conference has been cancelled