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New Professional Learning Opportunity from GaDOE Social Studies

Picturing History: Using Great Children's Literature to Spark Inquiry in Social Studies K-12​

Save the date Thursday and Friday June 20-21 2019! This read alouds retreat will connect educators with professional authors and illustrators.  Held at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa, nestled in the beautiful mountains of North Georgia, we expect this retreat to fill quickly. Click here for registration information.​

GeoInquiry and the Art of Storytelling with National Geographic and GaDOE​

Join GaDOE Staff and a NatGeo Explorer to integrate science, social studies and visual arts centered around real world issues and phenomena. Discover the integral role of images in storytelling. Gain an understanding of the National Geographic Learning Framework, a standards-aligned tool designed to develop an explorer's mindset in students of any age. Note: This workshop does not repeat. Click here for registration information.

Social Studies Inquiry Toolkit​

Familiar with the basic tools of inquiry? Join us as we build on our use of inquiry strategies and tools. Go beyond inquiry foundations to construct powerful lessons that cement learning. Sharpen your saws in this interactive workshop. The 6-12 workshop is facilitated by Joy Hatcher, Social Studies Program Manager and the K-5 workshop is facilitated by JoAnn Wood, Social Studies Program Specialist with GaDOE. Click here for registration information.​

Let’s Get Visual! Inquiry Based Instructional Activities that SWIRL​

Explicitly teaching Visual Literacy in social studies increases engagement and allows students to make connections between their lives and history.  This workshop will teach you how to: build visual literacy with visual journals, enhance your inquiry lessons, and incorporate the art standards with your existing lessons to create personal meaning for students. You do not have to be “good” at art to attend this workshop!

The workshop, facilitated by GaDOE Social Studies - Joy Hatcher, JoAnn Wood & GaDOE Fine Arts - Jessica Booth, is appropriate for teachers and school, district and RESA leaders or any combination of those.  Activities will be shared and modeled for K-12.

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3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade History Refresher 101 Workshops

Join grade level colleagues in this lively, hands-on crash course on topics in U.S. History. We will model use of engaging inquiry strategies and resources while reinforcing and extending the content knowledge needed to teach the new Social Studies GSE.

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Inquiry: the Antidote for Feeling MEH in Social Studies Classrooms

In this interactive session, work with Joy Hatcher, GaDOE Social Studies Program Manager, to meet your daily required dose of inquiry and keep students on their mental toes. Ideas and resources for infusing inquiry and banishing apathy in grades 6-12 will be shared; bring your own and take home some new ones.

Click here for registration information.​

Historical Thinking + Literacy = K-2 Social Studies Labs

Come into the lab and see what's on the slab as we dissect a good history lab​ for primary grades to examine its anatomy. We will experiment with a lab and then cook up our own, making sure to mix thoroughly with literacy skills.​

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

Resources and Professional Development

  • gadoesocialstudies Instagram Teacher Takeover — Teachers have taken over gadoesocialstudies on Instagram! Visit our page to see amazing #GAsocialstudies educators and students 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 Civic Engagement Diploma Seal

Georgia Social Studies Standards and Courses 

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

Jennifer Zoumberis
Social Studies & Special Education Program Specialist
Email:   ​

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