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Op-Ed by Superintendent Richard Woods
– September 16, 2016 – is so much more than just another day on the calendar.
It is Constitution Day, a time for us to celebrate and learn more about the
words that built America, and to share that celebration with our students.
a social studies teacher, as the child of a military family, and as a proud
citizen of the United States, it’s my strong belief that we should give our
students ample opportunities to learn about the Constitution – the bedrock of
our beliefs and values as a nation. It is my commitment that the students of
Georgia will carefully study our founding documents, on Constitution Day and
throughout the year.
Georgia Department of Education’s strategic plan sets forth our vision
to create an education system that prepares students to lead – fostering soft
skills, civic awareness, learning by doing, teamwork, innovative thinking, and
real-world relevance and application. Knowledge of our founding documents gives
students the foundation they need to become active participants in the civic
life of their community, state, and nation.
year at the state level, we’re celebrating Constitution Day in an exciting way.
On Tuesday, September 20, we’re joining with the Georgia Center for Civic
Engagement to present workshops for hundreds of eighth grade Georgia Studies
teachers and high school government teachers. These workshops equip our
educators with fresh resources and ideas as they teach our students about the
Constitution and founding principles of our country.
Georgia’s teachers – in social studies and across all content areas – I’d like
to thank you for marking this important occasion with your students. I’d also
like to point you toward a few resources that will help you share information
about America’s founding documents, today and throughout the year:
Constitution booklet for elementary
students – “The Words that Built America” (also includes Declaration of Independence, Pledge of
Allegiance, lyrics to National Anthem, and teacher resources)
State social studies resource bank
GaDOE Social Studies on Twitter
know the great teachers of our state will find innovative ways to bring the
Constitution and founding documents to life for students – and I’d love for you
to share them with us. Post your Constitution Day activities on social media
with the hashtag #constitutionweekGA, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
our students, I want to encourage you to learn as much as you can about our
Constitution and founding documents and to understand the rights you hold as a
citizen of this great nation. I hope you will always be excited to learn more
about our nation’s history, and to play a role in its future.
all the citizens of Georgia, happy Constitution Day. Thank you for giving me
the opportunity to represent you in our government of the people, by the
people, and for the people.