Inland Empire Council for the Social Studies
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A California Council for the Social Studies Affiliate                          

  • 12 Oct 2015 11:22 AM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    Many teachers say that the professional development they get from Twitter is better than what they get through their schools—in part, they argue, because it offers opportunities for dialogue and continuous feedback from fellow educators that much school-provided PD does not. Many IECSS teachers have attended technology workshops by Liz Ramos and have come to agree with the above statement.

    Learn more about Professional Development through Twitter

  • 08 Oct 2015 5:11 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    CCSS has announced that the "Best of State" social studies educator is Diane Bruns, 2014 CCSS Elementary Teacher of the Year.  Diane, a teacher in the Rim of the World USD and geography leader for the entire region was recognized in 2013 as an Educator of Excellence by the Inland Empire Council for the Social Studies.  She will be honored at NCSS at the 2nd Annual Western Regional Breakfast in New Orleans. Congratulations to one of the Inland Empire's Educators of Excellence that has now been recognized at every level. We are VERY proud of you, Diane, and honored that you are from our Council.

  • 23 Sep 2015 1:59 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    Teaching the Past for Tomorrow

    Conference on the Future of History Education

    UCLA Carnesale Commons

    November 6-7, 2015

    Since 1990, the CHSSP has been dedicated to improving student learning and literacy through teacher professional learning, curriculum development, and educational research. To mark our 25th anniversary, we are bringing together leaders in the field of history education to explore both the current state and the future of the discipline. Featured speakers include Alan Taylor (University of Virginia), Mary Schleppegrell (University of Michigan), and Teofilo Ruiz (UCLA).

    The conference will be held at UCLA's Carnesale Commons and is scheduled from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm on Friday, November 6 and 9:00 am - 4:00 pm on Saturday, November 7.

  • 23 Sep 2015 1:45 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    October 17 Mini Conference for K-12 Educators
    8:30AM - 12:30PM
    Pickwick Gardens Conference Center
    1001 Riverside Dr. Burbank, CA 91506

    $20 for SCSSA/CCSS members, $30 for nonmembers
    Intriguing speakers, breakfast, lunch, and exhibitors!

    Registration is still open at the site shown above.

    Featured Speakers:

    •Kevin Roughton, Riverside Teacher of the Year, Educational Blogger 
    Keynote Address “We Are More”
    Kevin is a dynamic Social Studies and AVID Teacher at Jurupa Middle School in the Jurupa Unified School District.  His "History Mystery Labs", engaging student centered lessons, fantastic website, and integration of technology make his class a relevant and exciting place where students achieve and discover the satisfaction of learning. Teachers across the country value his teaching resources, perspective, and inspiring advice.

    • Dr. Jim Charkins and Colleagues, CSU San Bernardino
      Integrated lessons demonstrating the C3 Framework's Inquiry Arc on the history of water in California and the current drought. Understand the drought from historical, geographical, economic and civics perspectives. (Grades 7-12)

      Dr. Michelle Herczog, LACOE, Immediate past president NCSS
      Practical ideas for implementing the C3 Framework and Inquiry Based Learning in the elementary grades (Grades K-5)

      Dr. Scott Petri, High School Teacher, Educational Blogger
      Argumentative Writing in Civics Education (Grades 7-12)

      Rebekah Harding, Education Manager Autry National Center
      Project Based Learning for Elementary Students (Grades K-5)

      Ryan Cowden, Middle School Teacher
      Leadership and Communication in the History Classroom (Grades 7-12)
  • 10 Sep 2015 7:22 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    2015 Grant Funded Field Trips Now Available to the Museum of Tolerance

    Thanks to generous support the Museum of Tolerance sponsors, the Museum is pleased to offer FREE TICKETS to low income student groups from under served communities*. Tickets will be awarded to qualified applicants for Museum visits through the end of December 2015.

    Check out the program at the URL below.


    • Transportation
    • Substitute teacher coverage or reimbursement
    • Lunch


    • Title I schools
    • Programs for at-risk students
    • Programs that support first generation college-bound students

    Museum of Tolerance
    9786 W. Pico Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90035

    If you wish to request discounted tickets, please call Group Reservations at (310) 772-7639.

  • 05 Sep 2015 8:19 AM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    Dr. Gordon LLoyd

    Join Dr. Gordon Lloyd in a six-episode series of free webinars about the American Founding, the institutions of government, the Bill of Rights, and citizenship. 

    Each episode will discuss a specific theme regarding the Constitution that parallels each of the six units of the We the People curriculum. The program series is free.

    Tuesdays, 4:00 -5:30 pm

    September 22, September 29, October 6, October 13, October 20, October 27

    This joint project of the Center for Civic Education's We the People program and Teaching American (matched to the We  the People textbook topics) and is for teachers of American history, government, and civics, and any students or citizens interested in deepening their knowledge and understanding of the ideas, decisions, people, and documents that make up the founding of the American system of government. 

    This series will run six consecutive episodes on Tuesday evenings at 4:00 PM PST from September 22 through October 27. Episodes will be also recorded for future viewing.

    Select to explore the themes and to sign up.

  • 30 Aug 2015 2:11 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    IECSS is thinking of you this Constitution Day.  During the week before or the week after September 17, schools that receive any federal dollars (virtually all schools) will be holding Constitution Day celebrations. IECSS has developed a list of resources and lessons for teachers at all grade levels to use in classrooms and schools. The Constitution Day and Citizenship Day Resources handout is available on the IECSS website under Teacher Resources  at Constitution_Day_2015_Resources.docx.

  • 17 Aug 2015 3:21 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)


                              Teaching American History - American Presidents

    American Presidents and the challenges they faced will be the focus of’s Saturday Webinars for Social Studies Teachers for the 2015-2016 academic year. Drawing from our list of 50 Core Documents, and exploring related sources,’s American Presidents webinar series is designed to give teachers a deeper understanding of the issues – domestic and foreign – that each of 10 presidents faced, and how those men handled the challenges of their times.

    Each of our monthly webinars consists of a conversation about these critical questions among a panel of scholars noted for their teaching and research on American history and government. Professor Chris Burkett, of Ashland University, will moderate a group of panelists who will discuss select documents with one another, with participants able to raise questions for panelists to address.

    8:00 - 9:15 am (Pacific Time)

    One Saturday per month

    For more information (topics, days, etc.) and registration see the website address above.

  • 03 Aug 2015 1:43 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    Funding for special things is always a challenge in public schools.  This is why the Target stores program for field trip grants is such a terrific idea. All grant applications are accepted through an online application process once the application period begins. Applications are only accessible during this time. High school teachers, this might be a great way to fund the transportation to bring students to World Affairs Council events.

    Learn more at the Target Field Trips website: 

    The deadline is September 30.

  • 16 Jun 2015 9:36 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    Improving Historical Reading and Writing is a free online course from National Council for the Social Studies that runs from June 22 to September 9, 2015

    Under Common Core, all teachers need to be writing teachers. Unfortunately many History/Social Studies teachers have not had significant instruction and/or practice in historical writing. Worse, very few teacher professional development seminars focus on this topic. This course will help social studies teachers: (1) identify the characteristics of high quality writing, (2) improve argumentative writing, (3) improve informative or explanatory writing, (4) improve narrative writing, (5) conduct rubric validation, and (6) incorporate peer review and revision memos.

    This six-week course will provide playlists of video lectures, leveled readings, and grade-level & subject-focused bulletin board discussions on improving historical writing. Exercises and activities will draw from the Common Core State Standards, the C3 Social Studies Framework, the National Social Science Standards, and the Framework for 21st Century Skills and provide a vertically articulated sequence of skills to explicitly teach in the future.

    Instructors: Scott Petri, Ed.D. History Teacher and Corbin L. Moore, Social Studies Instructional Coach

    Sign up today at

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