Inland Empire Council for the Social Studies
        Bringing Social Studies to Teachers in the Inland Empire

              A California Council for the Social Studies Affiliate


    Bringing Social Studies to


A California Council for the Social Studies Affiliate                          

History-Social Science Teachers of Excellence

The Inland Empire is home to some of the best history-social science teachers in California.  Every year the Inland Empire Council fro Social Studies the San Bernardino and Riverside County Offices of Education join to recognize outstanding H-SS educators who are selected by colleagues and administrators for their contributions to education. All of those honored exhibit the characteristics of excellence in leadership, knowledge of content, creativity, and caring that create the best learning experience for students to become responsible citizens of tomorrow and that help fellow educators to achieve excellence as well. Join us in congratulating and honoring them for their outstanding contributions to schools in inland Southern California.

Characteristics of a History Social Science
Teacher of Excellence

  1. Inspires students to perform at the highest level and demonstrate responsible citizenship.
  2. Uses a variety of approaches, strategies, and materials that fully engage all students in learning the California history-social
    science curriculum.
  3. Demonstrates broad content knowledge and promotes advanced history-social science thinking.
  4. Shows leadership in and beyond his/her school and provides students with opportunities outside the classroom to participate in history-social science related activities such as History Day, We the People, Service Learning, Mock Trial, Model UN, etc.
  5. Works well with other staff and is recognized by peers, students, and parents as an outstanding teacher.

Congratulations Inland Empire Social Studies Teachers of Excellence!

Top Row
Lorena Mesa Laura Delagardelle, Kim Boggs, Melissa Face, Charlene Carter (Sitting Bull Academy); Kellee Kugies (Lakeview MS);
Blythe Fuge (Vanguard Prep)

Bottom Row
Jo Ann Gillespie (Vista Heights MS); Robert Alvarez (Gage MS); Diane Bruns (Grandview Elementary); Rosmery Johnson (E. Neil Roberts Elementary)

The December 5th Social Studies Teachers of Excellence Awards Dinner at CSU San Bernardino was a night to remember. Eleven teachers
(pictured above)
, representing second through middle school classes in the Inland Empire  were honored
for their excellence as educators who go beyond
the norm in creating exciting, intellectually stimulating and student
affirming social studies classrooms that are models for peers. These teachers challenge students to reach for the best in themselves and for achievement well beyond great test scores.  Speaker Dave Burgess showed everyone how meaningful
the work ofteachers is in transforming students' ideas of what they can learn and do, who they can be, and what their roles are as citizens of the
larger community.

Burgess also touched a nerve on a topic that often plagues great teachers.  Less successful colleagues will say that motivating students who don't come
to school ready to participate or with the tools to learn must be easy for Dave...he's so creative. He reminded us all that teaching is not supposed to be easy; it's
supposed to be transformative.... for the students and the teacher. Creativity is not an inborn gift but a practiced strategy of asking engaging questions and trying
things to help students answer those questions that may seem crazy to others and even to oneself. Where business owners often have to become "purple cows"
to draw people in the door, teachers become "purple cows" to create memorable learning experiences.  The pictured activity demonstrating the need for the
separation of powers in government by showing that it takes three people (branches) to keep the rope off signs marked corruption, tyranny, and despotism was
such an experience for educators in the audience.

See the Teachers of Excellence Award Winners 2012
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