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

Inland Empire schools are home to some of the most excellent history-social science teachers in California.  Every year the Inland Empire Council for the Social Studies in collaboration with 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. Teachers with these qualities model the best pathway for students to become responsible citizens of tomorrow and that help fellow educators to grow in their skills 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 2015 Inland Empire Social Studies Teachers of Excellence!

Left to Right: Susan Young (Vista Heights MS), Kevin Roughton (Jurupa MS), Luis Valdovinos (California Military Academy),
Gail L. Brill (Vista Heights, MS), Daniel McCloud (FA Miller MS), Deborah Peace (Pinon Hills MS)

Not in Group Picture
Leah Belote (Sunnymead MS)

                                                                                                            Russell Turner (Villegas MS)

Left to right: Donna Krause (Ramona HS), James Steinman (West Shores HS), Mike Martinez (Victory Valley HS), Kevin Button (Norco HS),
Sarah Hatchell (Victor Valley HS), Jennifer Longueira (Adelanto HS), and Michael Williams (Beaumont HS)

Oh, the Places You'll Go!
On December 3rd over 80 teachers, their colleagues, and family members gathered at the
Riverside County
Office of Education Conference Center
for the annual Social Studies Educators of Excellence Awards Dinner.
The theme "Oh, the Places They'll (You'll) Go" was the focus of the keynote talk by Dr. Emily Schell, one
of California's most respected social studies educators.  It also marked the very essence of what this recognition
of H-SS teaching is all about. These educators have proven themselves to be inspiring guides along the path
to success for their students. 

Pictured above are the teachers
who were honored. They serve middle and high schools in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties as leaders in their field who go beyond the norm in creating exciting, intellectually
stimulating and student affirming social studies classrooms that are models of excellence. These teachers
challenge students to reach for the best in themselves and to strive for and succeed in college, career and civic
life. The work of these teachers improves and transforms communities and institutions throughout the Inland
Empire and they create the leaders of tomorrow. Learn more about each of these awardees at

2015 IECSS Educators of Excellence.pdf

The Inland Empire Council of the Social Studies was honored to host Emily Schell as this year's keynote
speaker. Dr. Schell is the newly appointed Executive Director of the statewide California International Studies Project, part of the
subject matter project network in California. She has been a leader at every level of
History-Social Science Education in California and much of the Nation. She began her career as a
teacher in San Diego USD, later becoming a curriculum leader there and then for San Diego County
Office of Education. She has also been active at the university level, teaching pre-service educators at
San Diego State University for twenty years. Emily also has a long history of leadership in geographic
education, serving as
liaison between state geographic alliances (District of Columbia, Hawaii, Iowa,
Washington, Idaho, New Mexico, Michigan, Minnesota, and Canada) and National Geographic Education Programs, and is still an active leader in the California Geographic Alliance. For the last eight years she
has been the editor of the Social Studies Review, the peer-reviewed journal of the California Council for
the Social Studies.

See last year's Teachers of Excellence at
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