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
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?
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.
California Council for Social Studies Spotlight
Find instructional resources on a specific H-SS topic or theme each month during the school year
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
San Bernardino County Superintendent
ELA/H-SS Curriculum Coordinator
H-SS Teachers of Excellence Awards 2022
Many of the best social studies educators are found in the schools of Inland Southern California. Except for the COVID hiatus, the Council has held an annual celebration to honor outstanding social studies educators in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Every-one feels a sense of pride in the accomplishments of such dedicated and talented colleagues. It reminds us of the critical value of creating a knowledgeable, effective citizenry.
We need your help. You are the teachers who know and share ideas with 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
Someone who . . .
· Inspires students to perform at high levels and
show good citizenship,
· Uses creative strategies to fully engage students,
· Demonstrates broad content knowledge,
· Promotes advanced social-science thinking,
· Shows leadership beyond school, helping
students participate in opportunities such as
History Day, living history, service learning, or
Mock Trials, and
· Is a recognized team player.
Below is the Educators of Excellence nomination form.
(Cut and Paste the above link into your page)
Review the form to see what you need to ask questions of your nominee. You also need photos of your nominee and you may include images of student work as needed.
The H-SS Teachers of Excellence Awards for 2022 will be on December 7th, as a Zoom event beginning at 5:30 pm. It is a free event and all are welcome including family and students as well as school colleagues.