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The Georgia Standards of Excellence for Social Studies 

On June 9, 2016, the State Board of Education approved the K-12 Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) for Social Studies. The K-12 Social Studies GSE will be implemented during the 2017-2018 school year following a full year of teacher training. 

Resources and Professional Development

  • gadoesocialstudies Instagram Teacher Takeover--The Social Studies Department at the GaDOE is EXCITED to Announce the gadoesocialstudies Instagram Teacher Takeover! Beginning in January 2017, a different Georgia teacher will take over the GaDOE Social Studies Instagram account each week. We're looking for Georgia teachers who would like to showcase the great social studies work in their classroom/school/district. 
    Click here to complete the application.​ 

  • Leadership Webinar SeriesThe second episode in the Leadership Webinar Series entitled, “Changing Assessment and Assessment Changes” will be held on Monday December 12th at 10am.  In this webinar we will discuss the impact of the GSE and shift toward inquiry on classroom assessment and the Milestones.

    We look forward to having you join us live on

    Monday December 12 at 10am

    Registration URL:​ 

    If you are unable to attend the live webinar, a recording of it will be posted in the Leadership PLC on edweb, in the Community Toolbox - Webinar Archive.​

  • Grade Level/Course Specific Professional Learning with Virtual SpecialistsIntroducing a new FREE online professional learning community exclusively for Georgia educators. The Georgia DOE has created course and grade level specific Professional Learning Communities, led by Virtual Specialists, where educators from across the State can connect with each other to share experiences, resources, lesson plans, and instructional activities.

Social Studies Standards and Curriculum Frameworks

Georgia Social Studies Standards and Courses 

Studies Standards Curriculum Frameworks and Resources

Resources for Constitution Day

Public Law 108-447 requires the designation of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day on September 17 of each year. The purpose of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is to commemorate the formation and signing on September 17, 1787, of the Constitution and recognize all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens.  Please remember to recognize September 17th, Constitution Day, in your system/school.

Opportunities for Students

Teacher Awards

Helpful Resources

Atlanta History Center Outreach Programs

Social Studies Organizations


 Contact Information

Joy Hatcher
Social Studies Program Manager
Phone: 404-656-2093
Email: ​​​ ​

JoAnn Wood
Social Studies Program Specialist
Phone: 404-651-7271

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