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.


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August 11

Blowing Up the Narrative: Making the Story of Women’s Suffrage More Inclusive  (JoAnn Wood-GaDOE)


The 19th Amendment was ratified on August 18, 1920. Join us as we explore how new questions and new perspectives can dramatically transform the story of women’s suffrage. We will unpack recent scholarship on women’s history to add more voices to the women’s suffrage chorus, and then share resources you can use with your K-12 students to help them grapple with the more complex realities of this struggle.

August 25


STORYtime 1: Dr. Yohuru Williams - Black Lives Matter in Historical Context

September 1

Controversial Topics in the Classroom (Virnilisa Printup)

All social studies educators must inevitably deal with sensitive or controversial issues with our students.  These issues can range from basic ideas of fairness and equality in a democracy, to immigration, to the distribution of world resources, to systemic racism. Our students are eager to discuss what is occurring in the world around them.  How can we as educators help our students navigate conversations about these topics?  In this session, educators will learn ways to successfully discuss these issues with students through collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and taking informed action. 

September 15

Economics of a Pandemic The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta (Princeton Williams and Amy Hennessey)

The COVID-19 pandemic, the worst global health crisis in over a century, has had a profound effect on the U.S. economy. From employment to consumer spending, housing and student loans, business and work norms, schools and childcare facilities, travel and tourism; this crisis has touched every facet of American life.

This session will explore the economic response by the fiscal and monetary authorities. Join Amy Hennessy and Princeton Williams, education specialists from the Atlanta Fed, as they examine the response, the historical context, and the associated economic data.

Learn how to share this information with your students using a FRED dashboard that includes graphs of relevant data. Attendees will receive the presentation and a link to the dashboard for use in their classrooms.  

September 22

STORYtime 2: Kenneth C. DavisMore Deadly Than War, the Hidden History of the Spanish Flu and the First World War

October 6

STORYtime 3: Kate Messner

Smashing History: Challenging Myths and Sharing New Stories in the 21st Century Classroom

One of the greatest things about teaching young people today is sharing in their curiosity and passion for justice and equality. Author and educator Kate Messner offers a look behind the scenes of her popular history series for young readers, including her work to dig up primary sources that shed new light on untold stories. Kate will share the research and writing process behind her popular Ranger in Time series about a time-traveling search and rescue dog, which has sold more than three million copies, and she'll also discuss the spark behind her new nonfiction series History Smashers, which is aimed at unraveling the lies and myths kids sometimes learn about history as well as sharing stories that have been forgotten or erased. She'll also offer thoughts on engaging students in their own "hidden-history" inquiries and fostering critical thinking.

October 13

Georgia Center for Civic Engagement (Dr. Randall Trammell)

Virtually Yours

In this session we will talk about how to maintain active civic engagement and interactive activities during a virtual reality life. The topics include virtual curriculum, students opportunities, for the civic engagement diploma seal.

October 20

Virtual Mini-Conference


Can I REALLY talk about that?  Read Alouds, Inquiry Based Lessons, and Uncomfortable Conversations in the K-5 Classroom (Lisa Rogers and Jennifer Zoumberis K-5)

What goes unsaid in your classroom?  What is stopping you from having uncomfortable conversations with your students? Join Lisa Rogers and Jennifer Zoumberis as they talk about using read alouds, inquiry-based instruction, and intentional, relevant, powerful conversations to promote social justice and foster critical thinking.  You will leave this session with read aloud titles, strategies and resources for inquiry-based instruction, and tools for guiding robust conversations in the classroom.


Responding to Hate with Healing and Reconciliation (Sikh Coalition K-12, Dr. Pritpal Kaur)

This session will explore the Bellingham Riots of 1907 and how the Sikh community recently responded to this event in history, by creating an Arch of Healing and Reconciliation. In a world where minority communities are targets of hate, we will use the case study of the Bellingham Riots (1907) and the local community's response, to illustrate how hate gave rise to a project of healing and reconciliation.  The case study can serve as a lesson plan for teaching about immigrant experiences in US History, and to open up conversations in the classroom about responding to hate.


Isn't It Peachy? Best Practices for Teaching 2nd and 8th Grade Georgia Studies  (Panel)

This panel discussion focuses on 8th Georgia studies standards and best practices for teaching the standards. Our guests include a practicing 8th grade classroom teacher, a college professor specializing in Georgia history, a Georgia studiestextbook author/lesson plan developer and two social studies experts from outside the state.


GCEE Session- Economics and the Civil Rights Movement in Georgia for Grade 8  (Angie Battle)


This virtual professional learning session focuses on Georgia’s major role in the Civil Rights movement with emphasis on the economic implications of the Brown v Board of Education Supreme Court decision and the Albany Movement. 


The State Bar of Georgia Constitutional Law Update 2020 (Deborah Craytor)

Amid calls for reform of policing tactics and the criminal justice system as a whole, it's important to understand the current state of the law governing such common practices as cell phone searches, drug-sniffing dogs, and DNA and blood alcohol tests, as well as the extent of the rights protected by the 6th, 8th, and 14th Amendments.  In this session, you will take a whirlwind tour of the Supreme Court's constitutional law decisions over the past decade and will receive access to online classroom-ready resources as a bonus!


The Anniversary of....  (John Cunningham- Douglas County Schools)

The year is 2020, it’s the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower, but what other anniversaries are there? In this unusual presentation we will be bouncing down the timeline a century at at time It’s important to recognize the relative distance events have between each other. It's part trivia, part historical investigation, part discussion, if you like history, it's all fun.


The PBL/IBL "Booster"- National History Day in the Classroom (Jess Burke-Georgia Humanities and Dr. Kevin Shirley-LaGrange College)

Recognizing the ever-growing emphasis upon the incorporation of document sets, problem-based and inquiry-based learning in Georgia’s social studies classrooms, this panel explores the many ways National History Day, as a pedagogical tool, empowers active learning.

November 4

History and Economics  GCEE Session (Dr. Chris Cannon)

Want to be a better history teacher?  Understanding economics can help!  In this engaging and fast paced session Chris Cannon will help you see how the economic way of thinking can be used to help students understand and make historical connections.  Strategies and ready-to-use materials will be shared with participants.

November 10

Representation in Children's Literature: An Invitation to Re-imagine the World (Matt de la Peña)

Matt will discuss the power of diversity in literature and how literacy transformed his path in life. He will also share his yet-to-be-released collaboration with Christian Robinson, Milo Imagines the World, which explores mass incarceration and the laziness of stereotypes and challenges young readers to imagine beyond a first impression.

November 17

Reading to Make a Difference: Your mirror may be my window in an exploration of identity (Lester Laminack)

When a reader stands in his own worldview, unable to see or conceive of any other perspective, a book can be a bridge. The right book, at the right time, can span the divide between where the reader stands in this moment and alternate views, new ideas, and options not yet considered. Together we will explore identity through a collection of picture books.

December 8 

(This session has been rescheduled from December 1.)

Witness to War (Emily Carley)

This session will focus on using firsthand narratives of combat veterans and other war witnesses in the classroom. Through the use of video content collected and curated by the Witness to War Foundation, you can introduce your students to veterans without ever having to schedule a speaker. Provide your students with the opportunity to hear about the sights, sounds, and smells of war from those who experienced it. This content covers information from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and lesser known US-involved conflicts.

January 12

A Survivor's Story (Manuela Mendels Bornstein)

Manuela Mendels Bornstein was born into a loving Jewish family in Paris, France. In May 1940, the German Army invaded France and by July 1941 the Vichy Government had instituted anti-Jewish measures. A year later the French police rounded up 13,152 Jews and held them in the Velodrome d'Hiver sports arena in Paris for days without food or water before deporting them to the Auschwitz-Birkenau killing center.Through the help of friends in the French Resistance, the family narrowly escaped this major deportation and for the next 29 months they survived in hiding with the help of French Christians. The opportunity to hear the first-person account of a Holocaust survivor is often a once in a lifetime experience. Join us as Manuela Mendels Bornstein shares her story with us.
January 26

Using  Images to Promote Active Engagement - Dr. Arren Swift  (University of West Georgia)

Discover hands-on methods that help students analyze images. Acquire methods that incorporate games, drawing, organizing, reenactment, and communication. Participants will execute 8 hands-on visual analysis methods that promote student engagement. These methods will encourage the inclusion of higher-level thinking skills. Participants will leave with access to visual databases and new methods to enact in their classrooms.

February 2


The Words That Make Us Human:  Story as a Pathway to Literacy (Carmen Deedy)

Literacy is critical for success in the workforce, in personal communication, and as a tool for life-long learning.  

However, children who come from a culture where the written word is low on the hierarchy of needs - and ancillary to their daily lives - may show little interest in reading.

 How to reach them?  Where to begin the process?  The answer, says award-winning author and story coach, Carmen Deedy, always begins with story.  
February 9


My Weekend with Cassius Clay: Becoming Muhammad Ali (Kwame Alexander)

In this talk, Newbery Medal winner and New York Times bestselling author Kwame Alexander shares his research and writing process to create an engaging story that powerfully impacts students and educators – saying yes to life’s possibilities.

February 23


We Are Still Here! Teaching About Native Nations in Social Studies (Traci Sorell)

Typically in classrooms across the country, curriculums give scant attention to Native Nations after the 1900s. Often the study and examination of their governments, culture, economics, history and geography pre-1900 haven't received the attention they merit either. Author Traci Sorell, a former attorney and policy advocate, will share ways that teachers can increase their students' knowledge and investigation of the Nations that preceded the formation of the United States and still exercise their sovereignty today within its borders.