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Proposed Social Studies Personal Financial Literacy Course

The Georgia Department of Education welcomes comments from family members, educators, community members, business representatives, and professionals regarding the creation of the Social Studies Course entitled “Personal Financial Literacy.”  The course would be a half credit elective for high school students, designed to expand the current high school Economics course in the domain of personal finance. The survey will be posted for thirty days beginning January 12, 2017 through 5:00 PM EST February 10, 2017.

Thank you for providing your voice in the standards revision process.

Click on the following links to access the current course standards:

Personal Financial Literacy

After you have reviewed the standards, please click on the link below to access a survey to provide your feedback:

> Survey for Feedback of the Personal Financial Literacy Course

Fall Assessment Update

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 Is Underway—Follow us and see the amazing work #GAsocialstudies educators are doing across the state.  Click here to visit the gadoesocialstudies Instagram page.​

  • Leadership Webinar SeriesThe Social Studies Leadership Webinar Series Episode 3 entitled, “Preview Debut of the New New” will be held on Monday January 23rd at 1pm.  In this webinar we will preview some of the new inquiry based resources that will be available in May, 2017.

    We look forward to having you join us live on

    Monday January 23 at 1pm

    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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