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Inland Empire Council for Social Studies

Serving History-Social Studies educators throughout Inland
Southern California.

What is Social Studies?

Social studies is the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote informed decision-making and civic participation. The primary purpose of social studies is to help students develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for themselves and as citizens in a culturally diverse, democratic society in an
interdependent world.

Mission of the IECSS Organization

The mission of the Inland Empire Council for Social Studies is to advocate and build capacity for high-quality social studies by nurturing teacher leaders and providing services, resources, and support to educators.

IECSS Builds Regional Teacher Leaders

The Inland Empire Council for Social Studies (IECSS)
is a regional affiliate of the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) and California Council for Social Studies (CCSS). IECSS benefits History-Social Studies educators  through collegial professional learning and problem solving support, providing instructional resources, offering opportunities for networking and collaboration, and celebrating the contributions of outstanding social studies educators through an annual awards event.

What Does IECSS Do?


Teacher Leaderhip
and Learning

Inland Empire Council for Social Studies is an organization and educational community by teachers and for teachers. The Council is made up of teachers from the social sciences and humanities K-16. All of us are committed to helping students understand their world and become effective citizens. Many of our teacher leaders are also active in academic institutes and leadership programs.


The Council provides a professional venue for teachers to gain new ideas and skills. We also provide teacher leaders a venue and opportunity to share content and strategies that build better student learning and educator success. We keep the costs low or free so that as many of you as possible can participate.

Statewide Resource
California Council for Social Studies Spotlight
Find instructional resources on a specific H-SS topic or theme each month during the school year support


California Council for the Social Studies

 now to receive conference price reductions and resources from a statewide network of outstanding educators, and the monthly Spotlight Resource newsletter

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State & Regional H-SS Leaders

California Department of Education
H-SS Lead - Susie Watt

County Offices of Education H-SS Coordinators
Riverside County Office of Education
Ethnic Studies Coordinator
Dr. Kevin Goodly
1-951 826-6723

San Bernardino County Superintendent
of Schools

ELA/H-SS Curriculum Coordinator
Lauryn Wild

(909) 386-2603




  H-SS Teachers of Excellence Awards 2024
New Date
February 1
, 2024

Many of the best social studies educators in California are found in the schools of Inland Southern California. Except for the COVID hiatus, the Inland Empire Council for Social Studies in collaboration with the county office of education, we have held an annual celebration to honor outstanding social studies educators in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Everyone feels a sense of pride in the accomplishments of such dedicated and talented History-Social Science educators. It reminds us of the critical value of creating a knowledgeable, effective citizenry in our democratic republic.

We need your help. You are the teachers who know and share ideas with these outstanding K-12 History-Social teachers. We need you to take a little time to complete an Awards Nomination. Here are the criteria for selection

Characteristics of a History Social Science Educator of Excellence Nominee
Someone who . . .

· Inspires students to perform at high levels in the

  area of H-SS and to show good citizenship,

· Uses creative strategies to fully engage students in   evaluating and applying what they have learned to

  other problems or issues,

· Demonstrates broad content knowledge in a
  manner that guides students to understand why 

  History Social Science is of value to themselves
  and helps promote advanced thinking,

· Shows leadership beyond the classroom to help
  students participate in opportunities and activities
  that expand their independent thinking and analysis

  of ways to explain current and historical events  

  through exhibits, videos, essays, enactments such
  court procedures, service learning, etc.

  Demonstrates leadership in the profession at his or
  her school and beyond such as department
  chairmanship, team curriculum planning, assisting

  new teachers, participating and/or presenting for

  H-SS Councils, etc.

for a Riverside or San Bernardino H-SS
at the website below




Inland Empire Council for the Social Studies
(909) 946-9035

To access the IECSS website and receive announcements,complete the form below

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