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GaDOE Social Studies is Cooking Up an Inquiry Workshop

Due to the demand ​for training in historical inquiry, the Social Studies Department at GaDOE created a one day workshop on historical inquiry and the GSE in Social Studies.  This workshop is hosted at several RESAs around the state and will include:

  • a brief crosswalk from GPS to GSE
  • an overview of the shift to inquiry and what that looks like in social studies
  • modeling of an inquiry lesson
Click here for information on workshop and to register.​

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 is in full implementation during the 2017-2018 school year. 

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.​  

  • Grade Level/Course Specific Pro​fessional 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 Sample Activities 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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