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Inland Empire Council for Social Studies

Serving History-Social Studies educators throughout Inland
Southern California.

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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
H-SS Coordinator
Don Powell
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

The live IECSS History Social Science Teachers of Excellence Program returned on February 1, 2024.

Held at the West End Center of the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools office, 17 Inland Empire teachers received awards. Dr. Margaret "Peg' Hill welcomed the audience of about sixty. Ms. Lauyrn Wild from the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools and Dr. Kevin Goodly from the Riverside County Office of Education presented the awards.

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.

2023-4 Teachers of Excellence:

Gina Baragone,  Chavez Middle School

Julian Barham, San Gorgonio High School

Melissa Daniels, Mary Putnam Henck Intermediate   

Diane Dawson, San Gorgonio High School

Yvonne Flores, Joe Baca Middle School

Oshale Hill, Silverado High School

John Hinkleman, San Bernardino High School

Angela Powers, Cobalt Institute of Math and Science

Angela Stephens, Ray Wiltsey Middle School

Melinda Larson, Palm Desert High School

Camen Lewen, Diamond Valley Middle School

Joseph Onks, Nicolet Middle School

Chelsea Ortega, Mountain Shadows Middle School

Rick Roumimper, Ortega High School

Christine Thomas, San Jacinto High School

Charis White, Temecula Valley Charter School

Floyddell Wilson, Amistad High School

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.

The 2024-5 HSS Teachers of Excellence program will be announced in the Fall of 2024. Program flyers along with nomination forms will be posted and sent to schools and districts at that time.







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

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